[#WisdomWednesday] Keynote “Strengthening Europe’s digital sovereignty – the Fraunhofer perspective” from Alexander Malaer & Reimund Neugebauer (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) at GFA conference: Smart World! Smart Europe? 2022

You are cordially invited to watch the keynote by Alexander Malaer and Reimund Neugebauer from the Fraunhofer Geselschaft on Youtube. Follow this link!

The conference Smart World! Smart Europe? – Conference on European Digital Sovereignty took part in Munich on May 11-12, 2022.

The conference focussed on ideas that seek to advance Digital European Sovereignty. For this purpose we brought together relevant experts from society, academia and industry. Overall the conference seeks to raise awareness on the topic of European Digital Sovereignty, and generate concrete solutions on future education, research, governance.

On the first day, we showed ideas for solutions to advance European Digital Sovereignty. On the second day, we integrated politics’, academia’s and industry’s challenges with these ideas.

Moderation: Barbara Kostolnik (Former correspondent for German Public Radio ARD in France, Political Correspondent for Bayerischer Rundfunk in Berlin)

About Alexander Malaer

Alexander Malaer is Scientific Advisor in the Presidential Staff at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

About the GFA Video Series and the #WisdomWednesday

Education is one of the core missions of the GFA. Therefore we have wonderful education projects in the field of industry 4.0, such as summer schools, hackathons and online courses that we organise together with leading universities in Europe. To present our education efforts to a bigger audience and share it with people all over the world, we created the GFA Video Series. Under the hashtag #WisdomWednesday we present interesting talks and keynotes every Wednesday on our website and in our social media. Stay tuned and check also our YouTube Channel.

About the German-French Academy for the Industry of the Future (GFA)

The German-French Academy for the Industry of the Future is a strategic vehicle to promote close collaboration between leading European research institutions and industrial companies. It was founded by the French Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) and the German Technical University of Munich (TUM). Focused on joint research, education and innovation, the Academy’s mission is to master the challenges accompanying the increasing digitalization of industry processes. Read more…

Vivatechnology 2022 – French German Tech Lab #startups #innovation

The GFA took part at Vivatechnolgy 2022 at the French German Tech Lab (booth C33, hall 1), from 15-18 June in Paris.
Over 100 startups, 12 academic and institutional partners, more than a dozen pitches, conferences and round tables on business opportunities, technological challenges and success stories of the French-German cooperation!

For us and our startups, Vivatech was a great success:

– 91,000 visitors gathered in Paris

– 300,000 people connected worldwide on our digital platform

– over 3,500 people visited our French German Tech Lab

– 400 million people reached on social networks

– 2000 exhibitors including 1800 startups

– 350 speakers

– German ambassador Hans-Dieter Lukas as special guest at #FGTL

Join us again next year for #VT2023!

Innovation cultures in Germany, France and Overseas

Want to create or scale up your startup in America? Or in Germany instead, or even France?

We want to show you the differences between the innovation cultures in those countries. Join us to listen to dedicated experts from Germany, France and Overseas, and get in touch to discuss with them afterwards.

After a short introduction round and presentation of the different ecosystems, you will have the chance to ask your questions to our experts on a dedicated chat in Slido.



  • Keynotes on innovation cultures and experiences from having founded or accompanying founders
  • Discussions with experts from start-ups and from the ecosystem in Germany, France and Overseas to collect challenges and needs
  • Questions from participants are shared via the two hosts
  • Open discussions



  • Fabian Heil, Educational Lead at MUST Summit (Munich)
  • Nicolas Vermersch, Managing Partner at 3C Career Consulting Company, Board Member of La FrenchTech Munich (Munich)
  • Marcus van Tilburg – Director, Europe Office, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Thomas Houy, Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Télécom Paris (Paris)
  • Susanne Gellert – VP German-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.


We are looking forward to sharing our experts’ insight and answering all your questions!


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