OFFIS EV, Germany



  • History: OFFIS is the leading institute for information technology in Lower Saxony applying science to solve societal challenges. Basic funding from the state of Lower Saxony is approximately 26 %. Third party funding from international, national and regional projects is approximately 74 %. The “OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology” was founded on July 6th, 1991 as the first An-Institute of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in the legal form of a registered non-profit organization.
  • OFFIS has
    • approximately 250 employees and over 1.500 alumni in industry and science.
    • over 700 cooperation partners regionally/nationally/internationally
    • more than 760 R&D projects
    • European-wide interlinking science/economy/politics
    • several spin-offs, participation in development of international standards
  • Purpose: Support of innovation through technology transfer and strengthening of the IT location Oldenburg.
  • Constellation:  

General Assembly:

  • University of Oldenburg – Professors of the School of Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics and Law and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Professors of the Jade University of Applied Sciences
  • Professors of the HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Scientific Advisory Council:

The Scientific Advisory Council is in its function as consultant very important for OFFIS. Its members are appointed by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture in consultation with the expanded OFFIS board.

Administrative Council:

The Administrative Council is one of the statutory bodies of OFFIS. The Administrative Council approves the budget of the association. It gives suggestions for further development of OFFIS and can comment on the planned, ongoing and completed projects.

  • Format: OFFIS researchand develop within three divisions: Energy, Health and Transportation. The three application-oriented divisions are managed strategically by division executive boards, which include, in addition to the active professors, full-time directors. The divisions are in turn structured into groups that are often more technologically oriented, led by experienced group manager.

To stimulate cross-divisional, technology-oriented, scientific discourse Competence Centers have been introduced. These have no budget or personnel responsibility. They are managed by scientific leaders and administrated by group leaders or promoted scientists. The institute management is divided into five departments, each headed by a head of department.

  • Approach:
  • Knowledge Transfer: OFFIS provides research and prototype developments for companies and institutions
  • R&D and Competence Centre: Energy, Health, and Transportation are the three application-oriented research and development divisions that are the OFFIS structure. The divisions are pervaded by the knowledge gained from the different Fields of Technology.
  • Commitment: OFFIS promotes the process at the interface between research and product development with the creation of start-ups and the support of spin-offs.

Role/contribution in Trillium II

  • Task 3.5 leader

Key people involved

  • Marco Eichelberg
  • Jan Schlamelcher

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