The rectorate

Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Professor Peter Middendorf has been a member of the rectorate in the field of knowledge and technology transfer since October 2018. Peter Middendorf is a university professor and Director of the Institute for Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Middendorf, Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (c) Uli Regenscheit, University of Stuttgart
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Middendorf, Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Responsibilities and goals

Through the process of transferring knowledge and technology, the University of Stuttgart uses its research findings to develop innovations that can be implemented in both the commercial and societal spheres, thus helping to ensure the university’s competitive position, and contributing to reflection capabilities, economic, scientific and societal prosperity. Knowledge and technology transfer comprises

  1. Developing knowledge and fundamental technological principles in basic research conducted in all subject areas as the actual source of knowledge and technology transfer
  2. Interdisciplinary application-oriented research and development, both intra and inter-university, and together with external research facilities in order to develop new findings and technologies
  3. The transfer of knowledge and technologies for utilization by third parties (innovation)

The Stuttgart way

Knowledge and technology transfer is facilitated by the Stuttgart Way – a guiding concept of networked disciplines – which nevertheless ensures that excellent scientific standards are maintained. The scope and objectives of the Vice Rectorate for Knowledge and Technology Transfer include:

  • Funding and supporting transfer projects that are relevant to society in general and to the economy for the practical implementation of university research findings,
  • Supporting and funding scientific and technological collaborations with external research facilities – particularly with the institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Innovationsallianz and the DLR,
  • Reliable international collaborations with industrial sectors and companies,
  • Utilization of protectable research findings with appropriate remuneration,
  • Promoting the start-up culture in teaching and research, and supporting start-up projects.

The Vice Rectorate for Knowledge and Technology Transfer coordinates the following advisory bodies and facilities within the University of Stuttgart:

  • Committee for scientific cooperation with external facilities (cooperation committee)
  • Confidentiality committee
  • Committee for responsible research

The transfer of knowledge and technology enables the University of Stuttgart to meet its obligations to society, business and science. 

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Dr.

Matthias Gerberding

Scientific Consultant of the Rector

Dr.

Ralf Kaun

Head, Office of Technoloy Transfer