Annual Report 2020/2021
2020 Upheaval – Departure – Breakthrough
Editorial Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
In our Annual Report 2020/2021, we look back on a year of upheaval that confronted everyone with unimagined challenges. Privately and professionally, many things had to be improvised, rethought and organized from one day to the next. I am therefore even more proud of what we have achieved at Fraunhofer ITWM under the extraordinary conditions of a worldwide pandemic.
It was an enormous effort to equip all employees for working at home within a very short period of time, and it was challenging for all of them to adapt to a new way of working as quickly as possible in order to continue to work seamlessly. Despite adverse conditions, many of our researchers have been extremely committed to contributing their expertise to the fight against Corona. They have lived up to their scientific and social responsibilities and thereby demonstrated the values for which the research activities of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft research stand.
This annual report is still dominated by the Corona pandemic. But it also aims to show that Corona did not overshadow everything – many exciting projects were completed or newly started. The mathematical expertise of the researchers at Fraunhofer ITWM is in demand in numerous industries and thus shapes the future of all of us in very different areas.