The Fraunhofer INT

About us

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, Fraunhofer 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 50 years, Fraunhofer 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. Fraunhofer INT also successfully advises and conducts research for domestic and international civilian clients: both public bodies and industry, from SMEs to DAX companies.

Focus of work

Nuclear Effects

The business area Nuclear Effects is formed by the business units Electromagnetic Effects and Threats, Nuclear Effects in Electronics and Optics and Nuclear Security Policy and Detection Techniques.

Technology Foresight

Technology Foresight is formed by the business units Corporate Technology Foresight, Public Technology and Innovation Planning and Defense Technology Foresight.

Cooperation with RWTH Aachen University

Institute Director Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Lauster holds the Chair of Technology Analysis and Foresight in Security Research (LTVS) at RWTH Aachen University.


Fraunhofer Segment for Defense and Security

The Fraunhofer Segment for Defense and Security focuses on research and development in the fields of defense and civil security.

Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research

The Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research recognizes and understands the complex interrelationships and changes within industries, markets and technologies.


Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE is an association of more than 30 institutes conducting applied research in the field of aerospace.

Facts and Figures

As of 2022

Institute's year of foundation 1974
Employees More than 130 employees, 70 of these being scientists  
Approx. 17 million euros in the business year 2022  
Advisory Board

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

Udo Becker; Chairman of the Board of Kreissparkasse Euskirchen


  • MinR'n Sabine ten Hagen-Knauer; Federal Ministry of Education and Research Bonn 
  • Vice President Sabine Lackner; THW Bonn
  • Dr.-Ing. Frank Sabath; WIS Munster
  • Britta Schade; ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Seuser; Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
  • MinR Dr. Dirk Tielbürger; Federal Ministry of Defence Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Vaeßen; Region Aachen Zweckverband
  • MinR (ret.) Norbert Michael Weber; Federal Ministry of Defence Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Axel Zweck; Association of German Engineers Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Karsten Deiseroth; IABG