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19 Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber Professor and chair of Chemistry of Biogenic Resources at the Technische Universität München apl. Prof. Dr. Günter Tovar Außerplanmäßiger professor and private lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart; Director (acting) of the Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP at the University of Stuttgart (since 2016) Prof. Dr. Heike Walles Professor and chair of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Würzburg Fraunhofer Sustainability Network Sustainable development is arguably the key political objec- tive of our time. What sustainability means in concrete terms for the raunhofer- esellschaft was defined early on by the society’s Sustainability Network, to which over 20 institutes belong raunhofer I B was significantly involved in this process, with Prof. Thomas Hirth acting as spokesman of the network until the end of 2015. Thanks to its vanguard role in the German research landscape, Fraunhofer is coordinating a joint project designed to provide a framework for implement- ing internal sustainability management. Please, read more about these latest developments in the highlights chapter on page 34. Fraunhofer International Business Development (IBD) Network International cooperations and joint development activities with globally active partners are of strategic importance for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Fraunhofer IGB is therefore an active member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s International Business Development Network, where various Fraunhofer In- stitutes e change views on specific issues regarding coopera- tion with international partners. Best-practice examples serve as the basis for an even more efficient use of resources when initiating and pursuing cooperation projects. The network is in close contact with the International Business Development of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. During the 2015 Annual Network Meeting at Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen, therefore a joint discus- sion with colleagues from the International Business Develop- ment and for the first time also from the orporate Business Development was held. Highlight of the meeting was a motivational speech of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations EARTO. Fraunhofer EU Network The EU Network is a platform accessible to all Fraunhofer em- ployees where they can exchange information and experience both with regard to strategic aspects of funding and how to handle application and tendering procedures effectively, as well as on how to ensure the smooth implementation of EU- financed pro ects EU Working Group for Research and Technological Development Organizations (RTOs) in Baden-Württemberg Fraunhofer IGB is a member of the EU Working Group for Research and Technological Development Organizations (RTOs) in Baden-Württemberg, which aims to promote the regional exchange of information concerning EU funding for non-university research establishments.