The Fraunhofer INT in profile

At a glance

The Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT provides scientifically sound assessments and counseling on the entire spectrum of technological developments. On this basis, the Institute conducts Technology Forecasting, making possible a long-term approach to strategic research planning. Fraunhofer INT constantly applies this competence in projects tailor-made for our clients.

Over and above these skills, we run our own experimental and theoretical research on the effects of ionizing and electromagnetic radiation on electronic components, as well as on radiation detection systems. To this end, INT is equipped with the latest measurement technology. Our main laboratory and large-scale appliances are radiation sources, electromagnetic simulation facilities and detector systems that cannot be found in this combination in any other civilian body in Germany.

For more than 40 years, INT has been a reliable partner for the Federal German Ministry of Defense, which it advises in close cooperation and for which it carries out research in technology analysis and strategic planning as well as radiation effects. INT also successfully advises and conducts research for domestic and international civilian clients: both public bodies and industry, from SMEs to DAX 30 companies.

Our areas of expertise


  • Technology Foresight (360°) 
  • Technological Analyses in Key Areas of Expertise
  • Analysis of Future Defense Technology
  • Technology Foresight Methodology
  • National and international research and technology
  • Security and Aspects of nuclear / chemical Threats
  • Information Management
  • Electromagnetic Effects
  • Nuclear Security Policy and Detection Techniques
  • Radiation Effects in Electronics and Opto-Electronics
  • Planning of Research and Technology in Security and Defense: Structures, Programs and Markets

Facts and Figures


The INT is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading organization for applied research with 25.000 employees working at more than 80 locations worldwide.

  • Institute's year of foundation: 1974
  • More than 120 employees, 60 of these being scientists
  • Budget: approx. 9.5 million euros in the business year 2016   


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.rer.pol.habil. Michael Lauster
Phone +49 2251 18-117


Deputy Director 

Dr. rer. nat Stefan Metzger
Phone +49 2251 18-214

Advisory Board 


The institute is given advice by an advisory board which is composed of personalities from industry, science, politics and administration. 


  • Mister Udo Becker, Vorstand Kreissparkasse Euskirchen
  • Mister Klaus Burmeister; Z_punkt GmbH The Foresight Company
  • Mister Dr.-Ing. Karsten Deiseroth; IABG GmbH
  • Mister Prof. Dr. Horst Geschka; Geschka & Partner Unternehmensberatung Innovarium
  • Mister Dr. Wolf Junker; Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
  • Mister DirBAAINBw Rainer Krug; Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr
  • Mister Dir Prof. Dr. Winfried Schuhn; Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Schutztechnologien – ABC-Schutz (WIS)
  • Mister MinR Norbert Michael Weber; Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (BMVg)
  • Mister Dr. Thomas Weise; Rheinmetall Aktiengesellschaft
  • Mister Dr. rer. pol. Hans-Ulrich Wiese
  • Mister Prof. Dr. Dr. Axel Zweck; VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH