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A company seeks help from the university on a research question. So far, so good. Now scientists working in the relevant area in Freiburg design a flexible continuing education program for the company that integrates its employees into their research. This takes companies forward, enables their employees to gain additional qualifications, gives the Freiburg research groups ideas for research and instruction, and leads to the application of ideas, materials, and methods developed together in business and research. This “training on the project” is the core task of the Freiburg Academy of Science and Technology (FAST), initiated by the University of Freiburg in cooperation with Freiburg’s Frauenhofer institutes. Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing, scientific director of FAST, refers to this approach as “learning by conducting research together.” In addition, FAST serves as an agency for enabling knowledge transfer between business and research. “We are a catalyst, removing barriers and building up lasting stable contacts,” explains the chemistry professor Krossing. FAST aims to provide mid-sized companies from the region in par- ticular better access to research and guide them to the appropriate address at the university for their needs, such as researchers or institu- tions like the Entrepreneurial Office, the Patent Office or the Freiburg Academy of Continuing Education. Since training on the project is not always the answer, the service also opens up other possibilities: lectures, on-site visits, workshops, job placements. “We are happy to receive all kinds of questions from companies and organizations,” stresses project head Jochen Ehrenreich. The service is currently free of charge for companies: The project is supported by fund- ing the University of Freiburg raised from the “Open University” competition of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goal is to establish a business model during the funding phase. Nicolas Scherger What does that mean for security research? How the discussion differs in different legal systems is an interesting underly- ing question. It is an important ques- tion for practice, because security research relies on international coop- eration. This can be difficult when the cooperating partners have a funda- mentally different approach to ques- tions of security. We need to determine the reasons for these differences and encourage a dialogue between the var- ious security cultures. I see this as a task for security research. How visible is the University of Freiburg in international security research? Freiburg has become more visible with- in Europe, thanks in part to KORSE, the Network of Excellence for the Law of Civil Security in Europe, which con- ducts civil security research. Moreover, the center is building up a network of international relations: It is cooperat- ing with research institutes and public institutions for civil security research in Europe, Japan, and the USA. The fellowship program at KORSE, which enables scholars from Europe and fur- ther afield to come to Freiburg to con- duct research, enhances our visibility as well. Does the Center for Security and Society focus exclusively on applied research? Most of our current projects are appli- cation-oriented: BESECURE, for in- stance, is studying security in urban environments, XP-DITE is developing a new approach for the conception of airport checkpoints. In addition, we are encouraging security researchers to reflect on their own work with events like the conference “Opportunities and Risks of University Security Research” in summer semester 2014 and our jour- nal Behemoth. » www.sicherheitundgesellschaft. On an equal footing: At “training on the project,” employees of industrial companies receive further training with Freiburg scientists in joint research projects. Photo: Baschi Bender Catalyst for Knowledge Transfer CONTINUING EDUCATION: FREIBURG ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (FAST) uni'alumni 2015 University News The chemistry professor Ingo Krossing is scientific director of the Freiburg Academy of Science and Technology. Photo: private CONTACT Jochen Ehrenreich Damaris Jankowski Phone: +49 (0)761/203-67450 » 25