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

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.

Clusters and contact persons


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT)
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Prof. Dr. Sören Auer
Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology (TIB)
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Prof. Dr. Andreas Fery
Head of the Institute for Physical Chemistry and Polymer Physics
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
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Prof. Dr. Bernd Büchner
Leibniz Institute for Solid State Research
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Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e. V. at the University of Rostock (LIKAT)
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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kahmen
Scientific Director
Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics(IHP)
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