Kiel University at the Hannover Messe 2019

23.4.2018 Schleswig-Holstein day SH SOLUTIONS

Logo Land SHAt the world's largest industrial trade show, Schleswig-Holstein presents its strengths as a science state, and shows how the state is preparing for the future with good science and technology transfer. Under the theme “Business meets Science - Science meets Business”, various key players from medium-sized businesses, business development institutions, science and politics will share the stage in Hanover.

11:00 am Shaping the future together - economic clusters in Schleswig-Holstein

Since 2005, the state government of Schleswig-Holstein has promoted the networking, competitiveness and innovation capabilities of enterprises - often in cooperation with science - in the priority sectors and/or technology fields of

  • the maritime economy: Maritime Cluster Northern Germany | Schleswig-Holstein (MCN|SH),
  • life sciences: Life Science Nord (LSN),
  • renewable energies: Schleswig-Holstein Renewable Energy Network Agency (EE.SH)
  • food industry: foodRegio,
  • information technology, telecommunications, media and design: Digitale Wirtschaft Schleswig-Holstein (Digital Economy Schleswig-Holstein, DiWiSH),
  • tourism industry: Tourism Cluster Schleswig-Holstein.

The presentation provides insights into Schleswig-Holstein’s cluster policy, the activities and achievements of the cluster management, and the work of the cluster agency. 

Presented by:

Dr Ulrich Hausner 
Schleswig-Holstein Cluster Agency 
Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH)

12:00 am Excellence in the North – Excellence Clusters at Kiel University

Kiel University is applying for funding within the German Excellence Initiative for three large collaborative research groups in the areas of medicine, marine sciences and archaeology. These tackle the social challenges of our time. They will be presenting their visions of the future at the Hannover Messe 2018.

Due to their link with modern civilization, chronic inflammatory diseases are one of the major challenges faced by Western industrial societies. Inflammatory processes are the basis of many malignant and degenerative diseases. The Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces” (PMI) develops personalised treatments to fight these diseases.

Research in the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" is set in the context of ocean-human-environmental relationships, and the sustainable development of the oceans and coastal zones. The interplay between fundamental research, exchange with representatives from industry and politics, co-design and digitalisation of research data are strategies to bring the use and protection of the oceans into balance.

Within a broadly ranged, interdisciplinary concept the Cluster of Excellence "ROOTS" investigates social, cultural and environmental processes in human history. How are these spheres interwoven with each other, and how can we use our knowledge of the dynamic environmental-societal relationships to help deal with current challenges and crises?

Speakers: Prof. Stefan Schreiber (PMI), Prof. Martin Visbeck (Future Ocean) and Prof. Johannes Müller (ROOTS)

1:00 pm Official opening of the CAU booth with Reception

Professor Lutz Kipp, President of Kiel University

Lutz Kipp. Foto: Axel Schön"With over 26,000 students in 190 degree programmes, plus more than 2,200 scientists, our state university stands for lively, academic teaching, internationally-renowned research, the exchange with industry and society, as well as responsible action. Seven Nobel Prize winners have worked here. Together with our partners and supporters, we are committed to substantial and high-quality university education. From Kiel University’s perspective, one key aspect of this is the German Excellence Strategy, which can be the breeding ground for unfolding new knowledge and innovation more quickly and efficiently. We will be showing impressive examples of how this can be done at the Hannover Messe."

Speech "Shaping our future with excellent science"
Daniel Günther, Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein

Daniel Günther. Foto: Frank Peter

At the world's largest industrial trade show, Schleswig-Holstein presents its strengths as a science state, and shows how the state is preparing for the future with good science and technology transfer. Under the theme “Business meets Science - Science meets Business”, various key players from science, business and politics will share the stage in Hanover. "The important Hannover Messe allows us to showcase the excellent research from Schleswig-Holstein, and to network beyond the state's borders. We want to take advantage of this opportunity," said Minister-President Daniel Günther.

Schleswig-Holstein is excellently positioned in many scientific fields.  The marine sciences and medicine are just two examples out of many. Cutting-edge research and the Excellence Strategy are ambitiously pursued in Schleswig-Holstein. The aim is to gain even more international partners, and to make Schleswig-Holstein even better known as a science state - also internationally. The state should therefore be promoted as a science location at the trade show, according to the Minister-President.

Networking is also a key focus of the trade show presence, so that innovative ideas and technologies from research can be transferred even better to business and society. The know-how from universities and non-university research institutions should more directly benefit the companies in Schleswig-Holstein, boost their value-creation, and further increase their international competitiveness.

Such cooperation brings tangible benefits for both sides. How this interaction works in the true north will be jointly presented by the state government and Kiel University at the Hannover Messe, using selected examples.

1:30 pm Reception by the state Schleswig-Holstein


2:30 pm Keynote "Human-centered machine intelligence for a brighter future"

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

Director Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, Technical University of Munich

Due to rapid scientific and technical advances, robotics and artificial intelligence are facing a technological quantum leap, and their unification into the discipline of Machine Intelligence. This embodiment of the digital revolution will change our society forever, and it will do so equally from industry and public health through to the private sector. As part of this development, placing people at the core of technology is vital, so that connected and adaptive machines can make our future everyday lives easier as useful tools. The fact that these days, we often see that people are unable to cope with using the Internet, or the application of artificial intelligence and smart devices, underlines the necessity and the importance of this people-centred approach.

The introduction of adaptive, connected robot assistants that anyone can operate recently initiated the democratisation of industrially flexible automation. As the household devices of the future, geriatronic robot assistants will enable older people to stay living at home and counteract the lack of specialist doctors in rural regions as a key technology in telemedicine. Additional social and highly-relevant areas in which artificial intelligence can be applied include operation in crisis regions and scenarios of catastrophes (think “Deepwater Horizon” and “Fukushima”), as well as in environments that are very difficult for people to get to, such as the open oceans, deep seas or space (think “plastic pollution in the oceans” and “space debris”).

Keynote Sprecher

Portrait Sami HaddadinProf. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin

3:00 pm Practical examples of successful technology and knowledge transfer in Schleswig-Holstein

The development of a new high-performance material - together for more environmental and health protection

Lufthansa Technik Intercoat GmbH (LTI), with its headquarters in Kaltenkirchen, was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG (51%) and Intercon Holding GmbH (49%). The 30-employee strong company specialises in repairing components which have become unusable due to wear and tear, corrosion and cavitation damage. This is done by means of a plastic coating process, for which LTI uses their own coating products under the brand name Interfill®.

With the support of the EU funding project EUI18316007, and using the latest functional fillers and an innovative surface preparation process at Kiel University, a REACH compliant, polymer-based high-performance material was developed directly for Lufthansa Technik Intercoat GmbH.


Speaker: Martin Cholewa, Dipl. Ing. Flugzeugbau (aircraft construction), Head of Engineering, Lufthansa Technik Intercoat GmbH


More safety in the laboratory
Functional and safe operation of laboratory equipment

Since 1982, Berner International GmbH has focussed on workplace and product protection for pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. A staff of approximately 90 are currently employed at the company premises in Elmshorn. The protection systems developed and provided here include safety workbenches and insulators, automated disposal facilities, as well as personal protective equipment for laboratory use.

Berner is represented or acts in an advisory capacity on the relevant standards bodies and in numerous working groups. In addition, in recent years a number of funded projects on the safe handling of hazardous substances have been initiated and carried out. 

The company is currently supporting a Master’s thesis at Kiel University. The goal is to implement a new concept, which will enable the own laboratory devices to be operated in a more functional and safer manner. Building on the results, a new funded research project is planned, in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering at Kiel University.

Speaker: Thomas Hinrichs, Managing Director, Berner International GmbH

3:30 pm Panel discussion "Shaping our future with excellent science"

The second globalisation is driven by digitalisation and science. Digitalisation is rapidly changing business models. Research & Development is increasingly determining innovative leadership and therefore success on the market. Science is key to technological, economic and political triumph. In Hanover, experts will be discussing the requirements for the successful transfer of knowledge and innovation out of universities.

Oliver Grundei
Dr. Oliver Grundei

State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein

Thilo Rohlfs
Dr. Thilo Rohlfs

State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism of Schleswig-Holstein

Bernd Bösche
Dr. Bernd Bösche

Managing Director of the Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH)

Sami Haddadin
Prof. Sami Haddadin

Director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence at the Technical University Munich (TUM)

Martin Cholewa
Martin Cholewa

Dipl. Ing. Flugzeugbau (aircraft construction), Head of Engineering, Lufthansa Technik Intercoat GmbH

Thomas Hinrichs
Thomas Hinrichs
Managing Director of Berner International GmbH

Host: Heike Schmoll, FAZ