As part of being named a University for Excellence, the University of Tubingen set up the Liaison Office to establish frameworks. We have been supporting joint ventures with industrial businesses since 2013. One of our aims is to inform scientists about the potential industrial usability of their research. Furthermore, we promote the continuous cooperation between industry and science. An important element of this is representing the interests of both parties efficiently with a minimum of bureaucracy, whilst focussing on the project goals. From the first contact, to the evaluation of the requirements and the execution of the project the Industry Liaison Office is there to support both the business and the scientists.
For example, the Industry Liaison office has since 2013 been supporting the "LebensPhasenHaus" project, which is sponsored by Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Social Affairs, in collaboration with various business partners, Stadwerke Tübingen (municipal utilities) and IHK Reutlingen (Chamber of Industry ans Commerce) with the aim of developing adaptive living spaces for all phases of life. In 2016 the Industry Liaison Office helped to set up the Competence Center Archaometry-Baden-Württemberg (CCA-BW), which is financed by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Helmut Fischer GmbH and the Excellence Initiative of the University of Tübingen.
Additionally, by establishing the Liaison Office at the Tubingen Research Campus, the linking of projects with research and/or the service departments of Tubingen’s independent research institutions can be more easily initiated and better managed. By bringing together leading research institutes such as the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association the Tubingen Research Campus has created a strong research and interest group association with a signal effect in the region. The Liaison Office’s role in this association is providing assistance in paving the way for initiating contact with industry and by supporting projects.