Friends’ Association

Voluntarily engaged

FZI Friends’ Association

Industry-related research institutions like the FZI maintain particularly intensive contacts with companies in cooperating industries as part of their industrial projects. To improve the integration of the FZI beyond these project-related contacts into the industries nationwide and regionally into the general economic activities, the Förderverein Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe e.V. (FZI Friends’ Association) was established in 1984 by 26 founding members. Today, the association has about 80 members.

The FZI Friends’ Association is a network of companies and other organizations with legal capacity that want to use modern information technologies. To this end, they maintain contact with each other and with the FZI and support the work of the research institution.

You can download the statutes and contribution rules of the Friends’ Association as a PDF.


The Friends’ Association...

  • advises research divisions in determining long-term questions of interest to practitioners.
  • provides targeted funding for particularly promising scientific projects.
  • promotes the transfer of research results into industrial practice.
  • supports the development of new, current research divisions.
  • elects the members listed in the FZI statutes to the FZI Board of Trustees.
The FZI maintains contact with its members in a special way in working groups. The events of the Friends’ Association, which take place several times a year, offer members the opportunity to inform themselves about current research topics and cultivate industry-relevant networks. Training courses and seminars are available on a preferential basis at particularly favorable rates. Guest stays of employees of member companies at the FZI and of FZI employees in member companies are supported.

Board of Executive Directors


Oliver Winzenried, WIBU SYSTEMS AG

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

Dr. Klaus Wiegand, Badenia Treuhand GmbH

Vice Chairman and Secretary

Dr. Elmar Dorner, SAP SE

Member of the Board

Member of the Board

Richard Einstmann, Bechtle AG

Member of the Board

Prof. Dr. Michael Bartsch, Bartsch Rechtsanwälte

You would like to join the Friends’ Association?

Then please send the completed application form to:

FZI Friends’ Association

c/o FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik

attn. Dorothee Mathes

Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14

76131 Karlsruhe