Fraunhofer IWKS is nationally connected

Germany is considered a country poor in raw materials, but which itself has a high demand for (critical) raw materials in order to maintain its technological pioneering role. In order to keep the dependencies on other countries as low as possible, it is extremely important to bundle national competencies. Together with universities, colleges, research institutions, industry, associations and politics, Fraunhofer IWKS develops solutions.


DECHEMA is the competent network for chemical engineering and biotechnology in Germany. As a non-profit professional association, we represent these fields in science, economy, politics and society. We promote the technical-scientific exchange of experts from different disciplines, organizations and generations and pool the know-how of more than 5,800 individual and sustaining members.

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German Chemical Society

With around 30,000 members from science, industry and the liberal professions, the GDCh represents a large, professionally and socially relevant community.

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German Phosphorus Platform e. V. (DPP)

The German Phosphorus Platform e.V. brings together the knowledge and experience of stakeholders from the relevant industries, public and private organizations as well as research and development institutions with the aim of achieving a sustainable use of the valuable food substance phosphorus. In accordance with the focal points of resource strategies, recycling and substitution, the Fraunhofer IWKS and its partners develop recovery processes for phosphorus and its accompanying valuable materials.

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German Resource Research Institute (GERRI)

The Fraunhofer IWKS has joined forces with leading German research institutions from the raw materials sector for the new joint project "German Resource Research Institute" (GERRI).  

GERRI is coordinated by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). GERRI is a network of eight research institutes in the field of raw materials and resources. The network bundles research competencies and technologies across the entire value chain of the material cycle of mineral and metalliferous raw materials - from mining extraction and processing to recycling and closed-loop materials management to the topics of sustainable raw materials supply. GERRI will support the Federal Government in implementing its recently adopted raw materials strategy.

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Society of Metallurgists und Miners (GDMB)

The GDMB is an internationally recognised specialist association for the promotion of scientific, technological, economic and ecological interests in the fields of raw materials and georesources, non-ferrous metallurgy, recycling and environmental technology.

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Network Resource Efficiency (NeRess)

The Network Resource Efficiency (NeRess) bundles interdisciplinary and practice-oriented know-how and experience on resource-saving production, products and management and serves the mutual information and networking of different actors.

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