Ceremonial opening of the Karlsruhe Research Factory

In bright spring weather, in the best of moods and with around 500 guests, the Karlsruhe Research Factory for AI-integrated Production was ceremonially opened on March 28, 2022. The event was attended by the minister president of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, and the two ministers Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut and Theresia Bauer, among others.

The three partners of the Research Factory – the wbk Institute of Production Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as well as the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB and the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology ICT – would like to thank everyone who made the event a success by coming or participating!

Impressions of the event

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Time program item
1:30 pm
Reception of the guests
Snack and drinks in the marquee
2:00 pm

Welcome speech

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, president of KIT
  • Prof. Dr. Raoul Klingner, Director Research of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
2:10 pm


  • Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg
2:20 pm
    Impulse lecture
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Fleischer, Institutsleiter wbk Institut für Produktionstechnik des KIT
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning, Institutsleiter Fraunhofer ICT
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jürgen Beyerer, Institutsleiter Fraunhofer IOSB
2:35 pm Round table discussion of politics and science
Minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister Theresia Bauer, Professors Fleischer, Beyerer und Henning.
2:50 pm Get-together/snacks
3:30 pm
Guided tours and independent exploration in the halls
(You will find detailed information in advance in this document (in German only))
5:00 pm End of the event