Organisational Structure

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology is a non-profit institution under civil law with its main office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin.

According to the statutes, the Board of Trustees is the supreme body at the FZI. Experts from politics, science, and business determine principles for the work at the FZI. Furthermore, the Board of Trustees advises the FZI on strategic long-term development, technology transfer and the safeguarding of scientific excellence.

The Board of Executive Directors is composed of three avocational directors and a commercial director on a full-time basis. The three avocational Executive Directors determine the research objectives in agreement with their colleagues from the Board of Scientific Directors. The commercial director is responsible for the financial strategy, taxation and contract management as well as for economic aspects of the FZI's strategic development.

The Board of Scientific Directors is composed of the directors from the four FZI Research Divisions. The Scientific Directors are full-time professors at universities. It is their aim to quickly transfer their research results into business. For that, the transfer-oriented infrastructure at the FZI is the ideal basis. In this context, the Board of Scientific Directors advises the Board of Executive Directors on the essentials of internal research and science policies, on research, extension and financial planning as well as on aspects of successful cooperation between Research Divisions and on supporting the Research Divisions in their tasks.

The Scientific Directors run Research Departments that form four Research Divisions lead by Division Managers:

The Administrative Departments Quality Management, Corporate Communications and Media, and Technical Management and Infrastructure as well as the Manager of the FZI House of Living Labs are central departments that support the research divisions and the Board of Directors in organisational and structural aspects, thereby laying the foundations for efficient and effective research.