Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Their research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. Fraunhofer responds to today’s social challenges by launching strategic initiatives that will enable them to develop system-specific solutions based on interdisciplinary research. In these endeavors Fraunhofer plays a major role in the transfer of scientific knowledge across Germany's scientific community.