Life and Technology

WIR! - The Alliance Lusatia - Life & Technology together for a strong and dynamic region

How can we make our region, Upper Lusatia, more attractive? What technological and social innovations can revitalize the local economy? How can skilled workers discover interesting development opportunities and at the same time families find an attractive living environment?

In order to solve these tasks for Upper Lusatia, companies, educational institutions, research facilities and associations have joined forces in the Alliance Lusatia - Life and Technology (L&T).Together, we are developing innovative tools and testing new formats.

The innovation areas of the project

Funded projects

  • 2. Strategieentwicklungsprojekt (Kopie 1)

    Project description

    In the strategy development project of "Lusatia - Life and Technology", organizational and decision-making structures will be developed and established. In terms of content, the formulated strategic innovation areas will be qualified in terms of measures and cooperations will be designed. The focus is on an intensive dovetailing of the individual areas, taking into account the interests of the various players.

    During the conception phase, partnerships were established in the innovation areas "Networked energy systems through storage technologies", "Additive manufacturing for more efficient production", "Non-formal regional education" and "Attractive working and living environments". The aim is to expand these collaborations, find additional partners for the alliance, optimize organizational structures and further develop the strategy for successful implementation. In line with current requirements and scientific/technical developments, the strategy for the development of the region is continuously adapted.

    The localization of the alliance, i.e., the creation of real and digital spaces in which the actors can meet and exchange ideas, is one of the main tasks facing the alliance management. The alliance consortium is therefore striving to develop a "WIRkstätte" as a meeting and working place where different civil society groups can come together through appropriate formats and work to improve social interaction. The goal is to strengthen the sense of WE in the region. Concepts must be drawn up and all areas of interest strategically networked in order to establish and shape this "WIRkstätte".


    Project goals

    1. neo.NET e.V.: conception of the association structure; preparation of the association foundation; strategic development of the association work
    2. Further development of the content of the innovation areas
    3. Conceptual design and planning of the WIRkstätte
    4. Creation of media marketing and information tools
  • 3. Innovationsmanagementprojekt (Kopie 1)

    Project description

    Innovation management is required for the successful establishment of the alliance and its ability to function as a regional player. Through this management, organizational structures will be built and established, processes coordinated and communication structures developed for the alliance. In addition, within the framework of the overall strategy of the project Lusatia - Life and Technology, project applicants are accompanied and supported in the preparation phase of applications. Potential project partners are mediated, joint ideas are generated, planned and precise tasks are defined. The innovation management is regularly analyzed in partner meetings and adapted to the needs of the alliance partners.

    Beyond the alliance work, the alliance and project activities are accompanied, taking into account the technical and social innovation fields defined in the strategy paper.

    The newly founded association neo.Net e.V. is responsible for innovation management. It forms the basis for an efficient organizational and management structure of the alliance "Lusatia - Life and Technology", which will also last beyond the funding program WIR! Thus, it ensures the sustainability of the network's activities. neo.Net e.V. provides for a structured exchange of information between the partners and across project boundaries.


    Project goals

    1. Establishment of the alliance and development of sustainable structures in network management
    2. Support of partners in the pre-project phase as well as support of ongoing projects
    3. Administrative and organizational support of a Public Science Center as the location of the alliance's work
    4. Establishment of a communication strategy, both internally and externally
    5. Operational cooperation between the strategy development project and the innovation management as well as exchange with relevant stakeholders and committees
    6. Establishment of a regional digital innovation platform as part of the general alliance platform to strengthen the interdisciplinary transfer of information and knowledge to promote regional innovative strength
  • 4. WIRksam (Kopie 1)

    Application-oriented R&D and technology transfer for the competitive production of lightweight, functionally integrated metal components to sustainably strengthen SMEs in Upper Lusatia.

  • 5. CO³ (Compressor Cover & Contour) (Kopie 1)

    Development of a novel cover contour assembly for high capacity steam turbocompressors

  • 6. Additive Fertigung großdimensionaler Maschinenbaugruppen (Kopie 1)

    Additive manufacturing of large-scale machine assemblies for short-term spare parts provision as part of an integrated maintenance concept

  • 7. GreenHeater (Kopie 1)

    Development of a novel storage solution for buildings with photovoltaic supply.

  • 8. ANKIP (Kopie 1)

    In Germany, around 1.5 trillion kilowatt hours of heat are consumed every year, more than 80 % of which is currently still generated from fossil fuels, thus causing a large proportion of our climate-damaging CO2 emissions. Around 45% of this heat demand is attributable to thermal processes in industry (process heat) - from bakeries and laundries to the plastics and textile industries and metal processing companies.

    It is difficult to substitute fossil energy sources for regenerative ones in heat generation, so the more efficient use of heat with the help of targeted waste heat utilization is of enormous importance in achieving Germany's ambitious climate targets. For companies, the development and use of waste heat potential also has the advantage of reducing steadily rising energy costs and improving competitiveness and the company's image.

    Within the ANKIP project, the two partners Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences and Use My Energy GmbH Zittau set themselves the goal of developing methodical and mathematical tools for the design of waste heat utilization concepts, which can be applied by companies in the region on their own or with the support of engineering firms. As a result of the designs, thermotechnically and economically validated concepts for waste heat utilization systems should be available as a basis for practical implementation.

    Within the 36-month project period, the relevant waste heat potentials of companies in Lusatia will first be recorded and systematized. A well-founded checklist for thermal industrial processes and a structured catalog of selection criteria for suitable waste heat utilization concepts will be developed to methodically support the design of concrete waste heat utilization systems. The thermal and economic simulation of the concrete plants is carried out with the help of the UME Designer of the partner Use My Energy, which is substantially further developed in the project for this new innovative application on industrial plants.

    After 24 months, an industry workshop will be held at the Celsiuz Co-Creation Lab in the Mandauhöfe in Zittau to acquire interested companies to participate in the validation and optimization of the developed tools under practical conditions during the last 12 months. RKW Saxony will provide expert support for networking and public relations work in the project.

  • 9. Zukunftslernort Oberlausitz (Kopie 1)

    Project description

    Securing the next generation of skilled workers in Upper Lusatia, especially in the so-called MINT professions, goes hand in hand with strengthening school-based, formal education and extracurricular, non-formal education. Unlike school education, non-formal education does not have to fulfill any curricula or quality guidelines imposed by the authorities. Under these circumstances, the study examines how the future technologies identified for Upper Lusatia in terms of economic policy can be taken up by the providers of extracurricular learning and offered in a curricular manner. In addition, the analysis of the so-called soft factors (spaces, access, co-determination, default versus self-exploration) and their influence will be carried out.

    Experts from education, science and business will look at the future technologies of this region, including virtual reality, augmented reality, lightweight plastics construction, energy and mobility. In a joint discourse, proposals for extracurricular activities are developed that are summarized as so-called future topics of extracurricular education. The fact is that young people still have little contact with new technologies. The extracurricular education in Upper Lusatia starts here and will communicate corresponding recommendations for action within the framework of a transfer conference at the end of the project. In the medium and long term, we expect this to boost the quality of the individual extracurricular venues, both those that already exist and new ones that are being set up. The cities of Görlitz and Zittau, as well as the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz intend to establish further learning sites in the project follow-up and until 2030. Furthermore, competence balancing instruments (potential diagonstics) will be applied and their influence on the self-determination and motivation of the target group will be determined.

    The project can be seen as an initial project, in which research on the actual state of extracurricular education in the districts of Görlitz and Bautzen will be carried out within the one-year project period.


    Scientific work goals

    In the course of the conceptual design of the Future Learning Location Upper Lusatia, the following scientific work objectives will be realized:

    Work objective 1: Characterization of extracurricular STEM education in Upper Lusatia The accompanying research of the TU Dresden records strengths, weaknesses and needs of extracurricular STEM education in Upper Lusatia by surveying extracurricular education actors (e.g. associations, museums and companies). The results will be analyzed with reference to current research on out-of-school learning.

    Work objective 2: Conception of future topics The future topics of the region will be identified by the HSZG, clustered and linked to interdisciplinary tasks. This is done synergetically in close cooperation with the TU Dresden and through the integration of practice partners.

    Work objective 3: Development of didactic concepts For the implementation of the future topics diagnosed in AZ 2 in the learning locations, didactic concepts are needed. These concepts will be developed with the aim to enable the young people to work on the generated future topics with a high degree of autonomy. Recommendations for action and an exemplarily prepared learning offer of a practice partner will be developed.

    Objective 4: Increasing the attractiveness of extracurricular places of learning In addition to the didactic conception of the learning opportunities, extracurricular places of learning must create a future-oriented, stimulating learning environment. In two future conferences, students develop their ideas of the future learning places in Upper Lusatia: spatial location, spatial architecture, equipment, accessibility, characteristics of the instructors and experts, addressing the youth, etc.. These impulses lead to recommendations for action for the conceptual further development of existing learning places and for the conception of new learning places.

    Work goal 5: Sustainability strategy A regional education conference jointly organized by HSZG and TU Dresden in July 2022 is a platform for the presentation of results and transfer. It is aimed at full-time and voluntary stakeholders in the education sector, business associations and political representatives. The results of the conference and the project will be incorporated into a publication on the future of extracurricular education in Upper Lusatia, with elements of the accompanying research, the recommendations for action and contributions to the discussion from the conference.


Project application

The basic prerequisite for applying for funding is membership in the L&T Alliance. After the timely submission of the project outline and the presentation of the project idea in an advisory board meeting, it is examined by the independent advisory board of the alliance on the basis of defined evaluation criteria for eligibility for funding. After successful presentation of the project idea to the advisory board and its recommendation on eligibility for funding, a full proposal is prepared, which is reviewed by the Project Management Jülich (PtJ). The advisory board as well as the PtJ can impose conditions for the preparation of the full proposal in order to increase the fit with the overall strategy.

Lusatia - Life and Technology is a cooperation project of the Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences, the district of Görlitz, ULT AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU.Prof. Raj Kollmorgen is project manager of the strategy development project at the Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences. Spokesman of the alliance is Mr. Prof. Tobias Zschunke.



Foto: Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Raj Kollmorgen
Prof. Dr. phil. habil.
Raj Kollmorgen
Fakultät Sozialwissenschaften
Campus 02826 Görlitz
Furtstraße 2
Building G I, Room 2.17
+49 3581 374-4259
Campus 02763 Zittau
Theodor-Körner-Allee 16
Building Z I, Room 1.51.1
+49 3583 612-3011


Foto: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Tobias Zschunke
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
Tobias Zschunke
Fakultät Maschinenwesen
Campus 02763 Zittau
Schwenninger Weg 1
Building Z VII, Room 117
+49 3583 612-4843
Institut für Prozesstechnik, Prozessautomatisierung und Messtechnik
Campus 02763 Zittau
Theodor-Körner-Allee 8
Building Z IVc, Room C1.01
+49 3583 612-4843

Projektkoordinatorin im Strategieentwicklungsprojekt

Foto: M.A. Leonie Liemich
Leonie Liemich
Zentrum für Innovation u. Technologietransfer
Campus 02763 Zittau
Schwenninger Weg 1
Building Z VII, Room 402.5
+49 3583 612-4801

Projektmitarbeiterin im Strategieentwicklungsprojekt

Foto: Dipl.-Dokumentarin Nadja Busch
Nadja Busch
Zentrum für Innovation u. Technologietransfer
Campus 02763 Zittau
Schwenninger Weg 1
Building Z VII, Room 402.5
+49 3583 612-4416


Rektorat / Stabsstelle Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Campus 02763 Zittau
Theodor-Körner-Allee 16
Building Z I, Room 1.65
+49 3583 612-4472

Projektmitarbeiter im Strategieentwicklungsprojekt

Foto: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Bert Salomo
Dipl.-Ing. (FH)
Bert Salomo
Fakultät Maschinenwesen
Campus 02763 Zittau
Schwenninger Weg 1
Building Z VII, Room 13
+49 3583 612-4820