Leibniz Strategy Forum “Technological Sovereignty”

Technological sovereignty has become one of the most important issues in innovation agendas and policies at both German and European levels. Today, it is clear that Europe must shape the development and application of new technologies internationally on an equal footing.

Institutions of the Leibniz Association have initiated the interdisciplinary Strategy Forum on technological sovereignty to bring the unique Leibniz perspective to this central topic area. To this end, they will develop interdisciplinary and holistic contributions of the Leibniz Association to solution concepts in strategically relevant key technological fields together with partners from science, industry and politics.

With the establishment of an administrative office under its supervision, IKZ assumes the coordinating and spokesperson functions in this process.

Information on the Strategy Forum on the website of the Leibniz Association


A wide range of technological solutions and corresponding know-how is available in the Leibniz Association. In accordance with the Leibniz motto "Theoria cum praxi", the R & D spectrum ranges from basic and applied research to (small-scale) prototypical solutions and small series (see blue highlighted part in Fig. 1, corresponds to TRL 1-7). The Leibniz Association thus contributes complementary expertise to universities, the other large non-university research organisations and industry; it therefore often assumes a linking function between the actors. In accordance with its mission statement, the Leibniz Association is particularly committed to the transfer of basic principles into applications by means of its transfer systematics.


For decades, globalization has been shaping the world economy; today, however, the risks posed by the resulting dependencies are becoming increasingly clear. Major industrial nations such as the USA, China, Japan, Korea, and India strive for stronger positions in high-tech fields that often represent central pillars of European added value and prosperity.

Technologies enable innovations and are crucial to solving global challenges such as climate change, digitalization, or public health. Therefore, preserving technological sovereignty in key technology fields is one of the most important foundations for the future competitiveness and economic independence of Germany and Europe. It should also ensure resilience, prosperity, and workplaces in the future, without jeopardizing common European values such as freedom, the rule of law, and sustainability.

The European Commission and the German government have placed technological sovereignty at the center of their innovation policies. The main approach here is to link as many necessary and important competencies as possible along the entire innovation and value chain.

Read more: Impetus of the Federal Ministery of Education and Research (BMBF) on technological sovereignity (German only)

In line with its guiding principle “Theoria cum praxi”, the R&D spectrum of the Leibniz institutes covers a significant part of the value chain: from basic and applied research to prototypes and small series.  In addition, the Leibniz Institutes are highly interdisciplinary, which enables a holistic approach.

In this respect, the Leibniz Association complements the range of competencies of Germany's universities and other science organizations and thus assumes an important liaison function between various actors along the value chain.

The mission of the Leibniz Strategy Forum on technological sovereignty is to develop the contributions of Leibniz institutes to value chains in key technology fields together with partners from industry, science, and politics.

To identify strategically relevant technology fields, we follow the flagship initiatives formulated in the impulse paper of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on technological sovereignty "Technologisch souverän die Zukunft gestalten" ("Shaping the Future with Technological Sovereignty"). In clusters of Leibniz institutes set up for this purpose, the essential segments of the corresponding value chain are linked together.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder

Ph. +49 30 6392 3001

Dr. Carmen Stolze

Dr. Carmen Stolze

Ph. +49 30 6392 2875


Korea-Germany Joint Forum on Technology Sovereignty. The Rise of Technology Sovereignty: Future vision and Cooperation strategies

Konferenz „Handlungssicherheit in Forschungskooperationen mit China“

InnoNation Festival

Vorstellung des Investitionsreport der
Europäischen Investitionsbank EIB – Zusammenfassung

Advanced Materials for
EU Open Strategic Autonomy

VDI: Fachgespräch "Materialien für Quantentechnologien"

Branchentag Photonik (SPECTARIS)

INAM Kick Off Event 2023

02.12.2022, 15-18 Uhr
digital - Fachgespräch:
Open Science in Deutschland – Quo vadis?

BUA-Paneldiskussion : Grenzen und Chancen der Offenheit? Was Technologiesouveränität und Geopolitik für Innovation in Forschung und Technologie bedeuten.

30.09. / 01.10.2022
Leibniz-Führungskolleg am ZEW Mannheim "Lernen aus Krisen – Stärkung organisationaler Resilienz in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft"

Workshop BMBF / BMWK Nationale Sicherheitsstrategie – Dialogprozess; Workshop „Technologische und digitale Souveränität im Kontext der Zeitenwende“

16. / 17.05.2022
Fachkonferenz „Green Hydrogen for a Sustainable European Future“

30. / 31.05.2022:
China Day of the Leibniz Association

Leibniz meets Industry

30.11.2021, 16 Uhr:
Leibniz debattiert –
Technologische Souveränität
* Videoaufzeichnung der Veranstaltung

05.11.2021 - Podiumsdiskussion:
zur Technologischen Souveränität in der Materialwissenschaft während der Berlin Science Week 2021
* Videoaufzeichnung der Veranstaltung

Clusters and contact persons


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT)
Email juergen.poppipht-jena.de



Prof. Dr. Sören Auer
Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology (TIB)
Email Auertib.eu



Prof. Dr. Andreas Fery
Head of the Institute for Physical Chemistry and Polymer Physics
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
Email: feryipfdd.de



Prof. Dr. Dirk Dohse
Head of the Innovation and International Competition Research Center at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel)
E-Mail: Dirk.Dohse(at)ifw-kiel.de



Prof. Dr. Bernd Büchner
Leibniz Institute for Solid State Research
Email B.Buechnerifw-dresden.de



Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e. V. at the University of Rostock (LIKAT)
EMail Matthias.Bellercatalysis.de



Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kahmen
Scientific Director
Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics(IHP)
Email kahmenihp-microelectronics.com