The Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n) conducts research and development in the field of application-oriented knowledge processing, relating to politics, business, public institutions and society.
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Our strategic goal is a worldwide eco-social market economy that combines a consistent market orientation with an equally consistent focus on world-ethical concerns in the areas of culture, social affairs and the environment.
For example, FAW/n was involved in the international processes that led to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September 2015 and of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, and is particularly committed to climate-neutrality in this context. FAW/n is also working with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on the theme “from free to fair trade.”
In addition, FAW/n also focuses on the interests of its donors, e.g. sustainable mobility, corporate climate-neutrality, mechanical engineering, innovations in the energy and real estate sectors, as well as stability and regulation in the financial sector.
FAW/n was approved in December 2004 as a German non-profit foundation having legal capacity under civil law. It continues the successful work of the Ulm Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW, 1987-2004). FAW/n cooperates with partners of the University of Ulm, as well as other universities and colleges.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Josef Radermacher has been Chairman of the board of the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n) since its foundation in 2004.
As a mathematician, economist and computer scientist, Prof. Radermacher is a widely recognized expert on technology and globalization.
He studied and received doctorates in mathematics and economics (RWTH Aachen and University of Karlsruhe, respectively), and his habilitation in mathematics was awarded by RWTH Aachen in 1982. His research interests include global problems, learning organizations, intelligent technical systems, Big Data and the “Internet of Things”, dealing with risks, questions of individual’s and system’s responsibilities, environmentally compatible mobility, sustainable development, overpopulation problems, global food supply, climate and energy, and the regulation of the global financial system.
From 1987 until his emeritation in 2018, Prof. Radermacher held the C4 Chair of Databases and Artificial Intelligence at Ulm University.
In addition to his board activities for FAW/n, Prof. Radermacher is honorary president of the German Senate of Economy, honorary president of the European Ecosocial Forum, a member of the Club of Rome and, since 2020, a member of the Commission for Sustainable Management, Action and Financing of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) from 2000 to 2018 and President of the Senate of Economy from 2010 to 2021.
radermacher [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 81
FAW/n combines expertise from various disciplines: physicists, mathematicians, economics, agronomists and social scientists work at FAW/n to develop holistic and global solutions for the most pressing challenges of our time.
Prof. Dr. Estelle Herlyn
herlyn [at] fawn-ulm.de
Prof. Dr. Estelle Herlyn has been a freelance researcher with FAW/n since 2012 and is responsible in particular for research projects with politics and business.
She is also professor and scientific director of the CompetenceCenter for Sustainable Development at FOM University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. There she adresses the responsibility of companies for sustainable development, inter alia. In addition, questions of catch-up development and global climate protection in a are a major focus of her work.
She is a member of the German Society of the Club of Rome and deputy chair of the board of trustees of the Senate Institute for Common Good Policy. After studying business mathematics at the Technical University of Dortmund, she first worked for several years in the SAP units of various international companies (PwC, Ford, L’Oréal, HSBC) before completing a PhD at RWTH Aachen University on balanced income distributions as a crucial aspect of the social dimension of sustainability.
Tobias Orthen, M. Sc.
orthen [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 88
Dr. Tobias Orthen is a research associate at FAW/n in Ulm and works together with Global Energy Solutions e. V. on the topics: Climate Neutrality (net zero), Renewable Energy System, Power-to-X, Green Hydrogen/Green Methanol/Methane/Ammonia, Carbon Capture and Usage (CCU), CO2 Circular Economy, Synthetic Fuels, Nature-based Solutions, CO2 Assessment/Balancing, Cross-Industry and International Collaboration.
He completed his PhD at the University of Ulm on the question of what role rich top emitters can play in solving the climate problem. In the context, he continues to work on questions of how climate change and economic/social inequality affect the stability of the global economic system.
Tobias Orthen studied physics in Kiel, Göttingen, and Tokyo and spent an extended period at CERN in Geneva before starting his PhD in economics. In 2016, he was awarded the Lower Saxony Science Prize in the category Students and the Prize of the Foundation Council of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. In 2021, he became a fellow of the Global Justice Program at Yale University.
During his studies, he organized public events in university groups on the topics of globalization, sustainability, and future perspectives, and was accepted into the Association of German Scientists as a result. Since 2018, he has been a speaker on these very topics.
Michelle Mende, M. A.
mende [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 85 07 12 85
Michelle Mende is a project associate at FAW/n in Ulm, where she supports research projects in international cooperation, the Ambassador Academy, and the development of the Alliance for Development and Climate.
She studied Political Science (B.A.) at the Goethe University Frankfurt and International Studies/ Peace and Conflict Research” (M.A.) at the TU Darmstadt and Goethe University Frankfurt as well as the EHESS in Paris. In addition to her studies, she worked as a student trainee at KfW Entwicklungsbank.
Her research interests are in the field of sustainable development, as well as in refugee and migration research. She wrote her master’s thesis at the Department of Computer Science, Science and Engineering for Peace and Security (PEASEC) on “Digital Privay Perception of Asylum Seekers in Germany”. She was involved in international project work during various internships and volunteer services in Ghana, Morocco and India.
Jürgen Dollinger, DipPhys
Research Assistant & IT
dollinger [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 86
Michael Gerth, DipMath, DipEcon
Research Assistant & IT
gerth [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 86
Gerhard Wendlik, DipMath, DipEcon
wendlik [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 80
Gerhard Wendlik is Germany’s “longest-serving” business mathematician and has long been associated with FAW/n and its director, on the one hand as an honorary board member of the FAW/n Friends’ Association and, on the other hand, as a freelancer for the institute since the beginning of 2016, responsible for the areas of controlling, finance, organization.
In his professional career, he first worked for two years in Munich at the Allianz insurance group, then for nine years in the mobile communications division of the AEG/Daimler group in Ulm, and finally for three years as commercial director in a software company in Stuttgart. Since 1996, he has been working as an independent business consultant and interim manager, with medium-sized companies as his target group and the topics “International Investment Controlling”, “Early Warning Systems (Balanced Scorecard)” and “GEOmarketing” as the dominant focal points of his activities.
In addition to his diploma in business mathematics, he also studied mathematics (with a focus on statistics) at Ulm University and earned a French Master’s degree in econometrics during a one-year scholarship at the University of Paris.
Assistant to the Director
simon [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 82
Communication Politics & Business
m.simon [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 84
iwendlik [at] fawn-ulm.de
(+49) 0731 / 850712 80
Bert Beyers, born in 1956, studied philosophy, German studies and art history. He gained his first journalistic experience in Berlin, still at the time of the Berlin Wall. He then completed a traineeship at Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg. He still works there today as a radio and multimedia editor. For some time now, he has added a second, future discourse to journalism.
Books: Die Zukunftsmacher: Denker, Planer, Manager des 21. Jahrhunderts (1999). Corporate Foresight: Unternehmen gestalten Zukunft (Koautor) (2004). Der Ecological Footprint: Die Welt neu vermessen (Koautor) (2010). Welt mit Zukunft: Die ökosoziale Perspektive (2011) with Franz Josef Radermacher.
Freelancer: Development and Climate Alliance
Erich Molz studied psychology in Bochum and Seoul for his Bachelor’s degree and peace and conflict studies in Tampere and Beijing for his Master’s degree. He was awarded an honorary mention for his Master’s thesis in the Master’s Award in Development Studies 2018 of the Finnish University Partnership for International Development. He gained international experience during various internships and volunteer services at different international and local NGOs in Berlin, Russia, and Southeast Asia, primarily in development cooperation, peace, capacity building, and international youth work.
As a project assistant at FAW/n from 2019 to 2021, he mainly supported research projects on international development cooperation, the work of the steering committee of the Development and Climate Alliance, and the Ambassador Academy.
Dr. Ludolf Plass
After studying mechanical engineering at the TH Darmstadt and obtaining his doctorate at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he worked for Lurgi GmbH for more than 40 years – until his retirement (2009) – most recently as Chief Technology Officer. During his career, he “built” some of the world’s largest methanol plants himself (black methanol) and is therefore sometimes referred to, with good reason, as the “Methanol Pope”.
Consulting activities for energy and environmental issues/technologies. Dr. Plass is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Dechema Research Institute, a member of the research project “Power to Methanol: Green Methanol” funded by the BMWi. He is chairman of the advisory board of Schaefer Kalk GmbH, Diez, Lahn.
Dr. Hans Jürgen Wernicke
After completing his studies and doctorate in physical chemistry in Kiel, Dr. Wernicke worked for eight years for the Linde Group in petrochemical plant engineering and then moved to Süd-Chemie AG in Munich, today part of Clariant AG. After spending several years in South Africa in the context of coal and offshore natural gas-based synfuels projects and in the U.S., Dr. Wernicke was a member of Süd-Chemie’s Executive Board from 1997 to 2011, and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board from 2007.
In addition to several supervisory board mandates, Dr. Wernicke is involved in many specialist bodies, such as member of the board and currently chairman of the foundation board of the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA), in the economic policy committee as well as innovation committee of the Bavarian chemical associations, in the advisory board of the Bavarian Chemical Cluster and the board of trustees of the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock. He is co-author of two relevant technical books titled “Zukünftige Kraftstoffe – Energiewende des Transports als weltweites Klimaziel” and “Methanol: The Basic Chemical and Energy Feedstock of the Future”.
Prof. Dr. Halit Ünver
Freelancer: International Relations
Dr. Halit Ünver is a consultant for digitalization, sustainability and international relations. He is Professor of Technology & Innovation Management at the FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie und Management in Frankfurt. He is Member of the Advisory Board at the European Technology Chamber (EUTEC). He was Director of International Relations at the Senate of Economy Europe.
He received his PhD from Ulm University in cooperation with the Humboldt University of Berlin on the topic of “Global Networking, Communication and Culture – Conflict or Convergence”. Previously, he studied information technology and economics in Ulm and completed an executive education at Imperial College London Business School. He was a member of the Young Leaders Group of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and received an award in this context at the Annual Innovation Forum 2013 in Brussels. During his studies, he was a trainee at Daimler AG in the areas of Commercial Vehicles, Global IT Management, as well as Research and Development.
On his professional path, he has been supported by the Alcatel Foundation for Communication Research, the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communication, Vinton G. Cerf (VP Google) and the Mercator Foundation. He is a member of working groups of think tanks in the context of the G20 Presidency as well as the UN Summit Internet Governance Forum.
Numerous companies and organizations support the FAW/n, without whom our research would not be possible.
Special thanks to our donors:
* Sparkasse Ulm representing various Sparkassen and companies of the Sparkassen Finance Group
The Board of Trustees of FAW/n is the representation of the donors and has the ultimate responsibility for FAW/n. This concerns the selection of topics, the content-related orientation as well as the adoption of the budget and the selection of the Board of Directors.
Those appointed to the Board of Trustees each represent one donor. The members of the Board of Trustees are:
Foundation Senate of Economy for Common Good Policy)
(Representative for various institutions of the German Sparkassen Finance Group)
(Head of HSE and Sustainability,
Robert Bosch GmbH)
Further members of the Board of Trustees are:
Dr. Stefan Bill
(Chairman of the Board,
City of Ulm)
(Chairman of the Board,
Prof. Dr. Martin Müller
(Institute for Sustainable Management, Ulm University)
Dr. Jan Stefan Roell
(Chairman of the Board,
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sándor Vajna
(Institute for Machine Construction,
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg)
The FAW/n Friends’ Association is a charitable association for the non-material and material promotion of applied knowledge processing, especially at FAW/n, as well as for the maintenance of contacts and the exchange of information between scientists, sponsors and the public.
(Head of Regional Directorate Ulm/Neu-Ulm | Private and business customers,
Volksbank Ulm-Biberach eG)
(Member of the Board,
Volksbank Ulm-Biberach eG)
For more information regarding the Friends’ Association, please contact:
Ms Regina Simon
Tel (+49) 731 / 850712 82
E-Mail: simon [at] fawn-ulm.de