Founded in 1990, GFaI started as a small research association and since then, hasdeveloped to an established, global operating research institute.

When it comes to technology transfer, GFaI has an excellent reputation within the German Research Landscape by successfully transferring innovative research results into industrial products.


Executive Management

Executive Director
Gregor Wrobel

Vice-Executive Director
Silvia Schwochow

Vice-Executive Director
Dr. Frank Weckend

GFaI Board

Chairman of the Board
Prof. Dr. Holger Schlingloff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Vice-Chairman of the Board
Prof. Dr. Alfred Iwainsky, IIEF GmbH, Berlin

Dr. Hans-Günter Weide, Ingenieurbüro Dr. Weide, Berlin

Board Members

  • Dr. Stefan Koch, Axentris Informationssysteme GmbH, Berlin
  • Hans-Joachim Münch, SONOTEC GmbH, Halle
  • Bernd Rhiemeier, AUCOTEAM GmbH, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Stens, Stumhöfer GmbH doreum lux, Ahrensfelde
  • Dr. Hagen Tiedtke, ZeSys e. V., Berlin
  • Silvia Schwochow, GFaI e.V., Berlin
  • Dr. Frank Weckend, GFaI e.V., Berlin
  • Gregor Wrobel, GFaI e. V., Berlin
Research Advisory Board

Members of the Research Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Mario Beiner (Fraunhofer-IMWS, Halle)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Halang (Fernuniversität Hagen)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Hendrix (TH Wildau)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Ihlenfeldt (TU Dresden)
  • Prof. Dr. Alfred Iwainsky (IIEF GmbH, Berlin)
  • Dr. Sebastian Linke (OUT e. V., Berlin)
  • Dr. Matthias Pleßow (GFaI e. V., Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Rauchfuß (Berliner Hochschule für Technik)
  • Prof. Erik Rodner (HTW Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Schlingloff (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Chair
  • Dr. Frank Weckend (GFaI e. V., Berlin)
General Assembly

The general assembly is the heart of the association. It is composed of personal members and representatives of member companies as well as institutions. The general assembly of GFaI meets in Berlin once a year. Persons, companies, universities and other scientific institutions are all welcome to become members.

Dates and events