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Press information Konrad Zuse Association

Board of the newly founded ZUSE Association

As the inventor of the first fully functioning computer, the engineer Konrad Zuse has given his name to a new research association. His work has brought about a quantum leap in industrial development.

On January 29, 2015, the founding event of the ZUSE Association took place in Berlin. The ZUSE Association forms the umbrella organisation for 60 non-profit-making extra-university research facilities in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is a research association whose independent member institutes embody an exceptionally great proximity to industry and to the implementation of research results close to the application.

DVS is directly represented via the founding members SLV Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Ultrasound Research Centre and SLV Halle. Figs. 1   3 show the representatives of the facilities on the occasion of the signing of the founding document.
Additional founding members with a high proportion of welding technology activities are the Plastics Centre (KUZ) in Leipzig as well as the South German Plastics Centre (SKZ) in Würzburg whose director, Prof. Bastian, is a member of the board of the ZUSE Association (also see Fig. 4).

The founding of the ZUSE Association resulted from the work of the Association of Innovative Companies (VIU).
VIU is committed to research close to industry and, in this characteristic, has helped to organise successful research programmes of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), such as the Central Innovation Programme for Medium-Sized Enterprises (ZIM). In recent years, its original orientation to the eastern federal states has been refined into an initiative for the whole of Germany.

The linking of industrial research with training and further education, as embodied by the SLVs, guarantees a close connection to industrial practice beyond the research - a business model which may serve research facilities in the ZUSE Association in different sectors.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Keitel
Managing Director
SLV Halle GmbH
Köthener Straße 33a
06118 Halle
Tel.: +49 345 5246-415