As for most companies, 2020 was a difficult year for us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are all the more pleased that we were able to record great successes despite the crisis.
IVW will be a member of the Leibniz Association as of January 1, 2021. This was made possible by the very good evaluation of our work by the Deutsche Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities) and the Leibniz Association, and by the positive decisions of the Joint Science Conference and the Leibniz General Assembly. We are very pleased about the acceptance and will also express this in our new name “Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH” in 2021!
In 2020, we were also awarded the Total-E-Quality certificate for exemplary action in terms of personnel management geared to equal opportunities. In addition, we became a member of the Netzwerk “Erfolgsfaktor Familie” (Network “Success Factor Family”) of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Senior Citizens and Youth (page 147).
Our scientific achievements are also impressive. After all, 9 doctorates were successfully completed (page 132). The BMBF-funded Junior Research Group Top-Composite has started its work (page 145). A new EU funded project BIOMAT was approved (page 174). In our Thermoplastic Composites Technology Center, we have been able to commission a new laser cutting system, an automatic production cell and the world’s fastest tape-laying machine (page 143).
We are also proud of our latest spin-off, Evolime GmbH (page 165). And these are only a few highlights of our work, many more interesting developments can be found in this report.
Of course we will also report on exciting new developments in the future fields of mobility, energy,
health and production at our international colloquium, which will take place on September 8th and 9th,
2021, to which I would like to invite you in advance.
We look forward to seeing you!