PIK's initiatives in the area of transfer with business

Currently PIK is involved in manifold transfer activities with different foci:

Professionalisation of transfer activities

- SOFTWERT Joint project: Methodological kit for the exploitation of scientific software - Subproject: Target-group-oriented analysis and exploitation strategies (BMBF)

- BePerfekt - Empowering individuals and teams in transfer structures: The BePerfekt project, which was completed in July 2020, served to professionalise transfer managers in research institutions. In addition to various state-of-the-art training modules, the industry portal was created and is operated on a sustainable basis by TransferAllianz.

Support for spin-offs

PIK supports employees who want to set up their own business with research results from the institute. To this end, PIK cooperates closely with the transfer department of the Leibniz Association, where support activities for Leibniz spin-offs are bundled. Successful PIK spin-offs are

Elena International: Provision of consulting and software solutions for the digitization of grids and the integration of renewable energies and electromobility                                
Climate Media Factory: Creation of scientifically sound and entertaining audiovisual media the job portal for environmental professionals

Gemueseackerdemie: Academic educational program for children to strengthen awareness of the importance of nature and appreciation of food

Third-party funded projects with strong focus on transfer activities

1)  Climate-KIC projects

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe's leading climate innovation initiative, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), it identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. PIK is a Core Partner and founding member of the organisation.

To achieve its goals, Climate-KIC brings together partners from business, academia, and the public and non-profit sectors to co-develop innovative products, services and systems, in view of commericialisation and scaling for impact.

In addition, Climate-KIC supports start-ups and entrepreneurs with several initiatives.

Projects supported by the EIT Climate-KIC include

  • CRAMs: Climate Risks for Asset Managers
  • AgRATI India: Agricultural Risk Assessment Tool for Insurances

2) Projects funded by other parties:

  • SENSES: The SENSES project investigates potential socio-economic futures in the face of climate change and how this knowledge can be made accessible to a broader public.
  • WIR! REEgion now: Regional Value Creation Alliance Lifelines in Nordwestbrandenburg

You can find a complete list of transfer-related projects here.

Cooperation initiatives with business

Climate change is in full swing. Dealing with the consequences and changes caused thereby is a huge challenge that must be faced not only by countries, cities and regions, but also by companies that want to compete in the market on the long term.

The sooner companies implement a systematic adaptation strategy and consider local and sector-specific opportunities and risks, the better the chances to develop tailor-made and efficient options for action.

An essential basis for this, however, is the timely availability of relevant information and robust statements about short-term and long-term developments – PIK can provide both.

As one of the world's leading institutes for climate and climate impact research, PIK has extensive expertise and outstanding competencies, e.g. in the following areas:

  • modelling of extreme weather events (such as fluvial flooding, storms, drought periods) and sea level rise,
  • modelling of climate impacts on energy production & supply, agriculture and forestry, health, transport & supply chains, tourism and the financial industry,
  • analysis of climate-induced risks (local, regional, global).

Examples of successful cooperations with companies are in the transport sector with Deutsche Bahn and the Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft GDV

Please contact us if you are interested in a collaboration or cooperation with PIK. We would be glad to support you with our expertise.


 Dr. Ingo Bräuer / Dr. Ulrike Sylla