IVW expressly acknowledges the high importance of international exchange,
both for the professional qualification of individuals
and for the scientific quality of research at IVW.
On this account, IVW is sending scientists and scholars every year to research institutions abroad and at the same time affording outstanding foreign guest scientists research stays at IVW. The exchange is promoted at the level of established researchers as well as the level of young scientists in order to enhance the development of the Institute and its staff in many ways:
This is accomplished through national and international funding opportunities such as those of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Research Foundation, and foreign programmes such as the Marie Curie Fellowships (EU) or the Chinese Scholarship Council. In this way, more than 100 exchanges have been enabled since 2010.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Friedrich, in the past himself Feodor Lynen Fellow of the AvH Foundation, Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and former head of the Department of Materials Science at the Institute for Composite Materials, is contributing to the internationalization strategy of the IVW as one of the driving forces. He is involved in the supervision of doctoral students, as reviewer of dissertations, and in the scientific consulting of post-doctoral guest scientists. With his large international network he, together with the scientific management of the institute, also supports the initiation of new joint research cooperations with foreign institutes, the drafting of joint scientific publications in international journals and textbooks, and joint lectures at international conferences.