Lightweight Professional courses

You would like to reduce costs, preserve resources and be innovative? You would like to implement “lightweight design” in your product in an appropriate way? But you do not really know how? Join our course and become a lightweight professional!

Required knowledge for participation on the training course

The courses are aimed at employees in industry whose work involves planning the manufacture of lightweight products, and at employees in companies that want to start manufacturing lightweight products.

Objectives of the training course

Participants will be able to identify and differentiate the steps involved in developing lightweight products, and to use (design, construct and set up processes with) specific lightweight material in the correct way to fully utilize the lightweight potential.


Introductory Module (Basic Level)
May 12 - May 14, 2020, 2020 in Berlin(GERMANY)

Advanced Level and Expert Level modules
February 18 - February 20, 2020 in Milano (ITALY)
September 09 - September 11, 2020 in Freiberg (GERMANY)
September 16 - September 18, 2020 in Freiberg (GERMANY)
March 09 - March 11, 2020 in Vicenza (ITALY)
May 27 - May 29, 2020 Minerbe - Verona (ITALY)


Advanced Level and Expert Level modules will be launched in 2020.

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Fraunhofer Academy at Integr8 2019

Automation Alley's annual Conference about Global Industry 4.0.
Automation Alley's annual Conference about Global Industry 4.0.

Integr8 is a global Industry 4.0 conference held annually in Detroit, Michigan that brings together international technology and manufacturing professionals and industry leaders to share ideas, get inspired and take action as the smart and connected technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution rapidly transform advanced manufacturing and create upheavals across multiple industries.

Date: 5-6 November 2019

Location: Detroit, TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center)


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Fraunhofer is hosting The RTO Innovation Summit together with nine other European Research and Technology Organisations (RTO).
Five thematic areas will be explored, in line with the five clusters of the “Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness” pillar, the heart of Horizon Europe for RTOs. We will highlight the impact and importance of collaborative applied research and present suggestions for future topics and technologies in the next Framework Programme.

Why attend

Get to know and experience cutting-edge technologies from Europe’s leading organizations for applied research. Learn about our vision and technology roadmap for Europe until 2030 and beyond. Discuss the research fields of highest relevance for Horizon Europe.

Conference and Exhibition

In addition to an inspiring conference programme, you will be able to access our interactive exhibition during the whole event. You will discover our latest innovations in the five clusters of Horizon Europe and see how technologies can help and complement human beings in their lives.


Venue Brussels, Belgium
Metropole Hotel, Place de Brouckère 31
Date 6.11.2018  -  7.11.2018
Learn more about the RTO Innovation Summit here.

Fraunhofer USA’s “Germany Innovates - Beyond Industry 4.0 - Life-long learning careers” event at Integr8 Nov 14th, 2018 in partnership with the Fraunhofer Academy and Automation Alley

Fraunhofer USA’s “Germany Innovates - Beyond Industry 4.0 - Life-long learning careers” event at Integr8 Nov 14th, 2018 in partnership with the Fraunhofer Academy and Automation Alley, is a part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” initiative in 2018/19. The „Year of German-American Friendship“ is a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and with support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), highlighting the decades-long relationship grounded in common values, interests, and goals.

Date: 14 November 2018

Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration: Use the "Fraunhofer" Code to receive a special discount on the regular conference cost. 

Detailed information about Fraunhofer-Sessions and other programs will be available soon. 

Don’t miss the Integr8 Smart Technology Expo, breakout sessions, keynote presentation, fireside chat, closing reception and so much more!

For the most current information about the event please visit:

More about the Year of "German-American Friendship 2018/19" Initiative:

Fraunhofer Academy in the US

"Teaching and learning roles are changing. Connective learning allows learners to teach learners" Clara Tu, Fraunhofer Academy

Fraunhofer USA was delighted to host Clara Tu, Program Manager from Fraunhofer Academy Germany, for a month in the US. The Fraunhofer Academy is mainly focused on the German and European market in offering technical training programs. In 2017 Clara Tu was on a fact finding mission to find out how valuable the US market would be for expanding Fraunhofer Academy's international activities. Together with Fraunhofer's partnering universities like Boston University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University as well as Carnegie Mellon University Clara Tu expanded Fraunhofer's network in a new area - creating lifelong learning programs with Fraunhofer technology and innovations.

Clara Tu also presented this way of knowledge transfer to Fraunhofer Centers. The Fraunhofer Academy is now supporting them to promote their inventions and innovations through training programs to companies and people who want to upskill in a certain technology area.

In the final week Clara Tu was invited to speak at Automation Alley's annual Conference about Global Industry 4.0. Dr. Patrick Bressler, Executive Vice President Fraunhofer USA, presented Fraunhofer's Initiatives in IIOT in the panel "Next-Gen Factories: Unlocking the Value of IIoT". In the closing panel Clara Tu discussed with other panelists including Dr. John F. Carrier, from MIT Sloan School of Management how skills and jobs will change because of industry 4.0 and IIOT. The conference was fully booked with 550 participants and will take place in November 2018 again.


Dr. Patrick Bressler, Executive Vice President Fraunhofer USA @Integr8
Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Applications
Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems