Forum Seeks Dialogue Between Research and Industry

The Science Campus is returning to K 2016 with more than 20 research institutions and a focus on four key themes.


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After a successful debut in 2013, the Science Campus returns to K 2016 (Oct. 19-26, Düsseldorf, Germany) with presentations from universities, colleges, institutes and sponsoring organizations. It will feature a focus on four key themes defined by the K 2016 Innovation Circle – a panel consisting of experts from science and representatives of the K 2016 Exhibitors’ Council. The themes for 2016 are:

  • Innovation drivers of global change focusing on resource efficiency
  • Plastics Industry 4.0
  • New materials
  • Lightweight engineering


In addition to 10 institutes or chairs of macromolecular and technical chemistry, the institutes and schools participating in the campus in Hall 7 will include:

  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences Institute of Plastics Engineering (ikd)
  • Johannes Kepler University, Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing, Linz, Austria
  • Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)
  • Chemnitz University of Technology, Cluster of Excellence MERGE, Institute of Lightweight Structures
  • Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK)
  • University of Stuttgart, Institute of Polymer Technology (IKT)
  • Fraunhofer Society (eight institutes)
  • Kunststoff-Institut (plastics institute for SMEs in North Rhine-Westphalia) (KIMW)
  • Beteiligungs- und Kunststoffverwertungsgesellschaft mbH (BKV)
  • Climate-KIC GmbH
  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • VDI – The Association of German Engineers
  • Scientific Alliance of Plastics Technology (WAK)


According to Messe Düsseldorf, the Science Campus will offer exhibitors and visitors the possibility to gain a concentrated overview of scientific activities and findings in the plastics and rubber sector and promote a knowledge exchange between companies and universities.