This is ForTraNN

The Sustainability Research and Transfer Center Neuburg (ForTraNN) therefore bundles sustainability activities in the region, brings together companies, municipalities, scientists, students and active citizens in an inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability network and aims to have an impact beyond the region.
Through research using, for example, real laboratories, practical forums and innovative citizen participation formats, ForTraNN facilitates a holistic knowledge process in order to jointly achieve research results that are suitable for practical application for the major challenges facing society.

Network University and Sustainability Bavaria

A consistent orientation towards sustainability goals is anchored as a central element in THI's mission statement. This was confirmed when the THI joined the Bavarian Network for Higher Education and Sustainability in 2021.

The shared understanding of the network is: "As central places of social self-reflection, the universities in Bavaria see themselves as jointly responsible for the multi-layered transformation processes towards sustainable development" (Memorandum of Understanding).

The THI is taking on this responsibility by founding the new Research and Transfer Center Sustainability Neuburg (ForTraNN). The urgent social challenges are taken up there and worked on in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner. At ForTraNN, a broad concept of expertise guides the research, which is not limited to gaining scientific knowledge, but also encompasses real-life practice.

This commitment of the THI is also strengthened by the new draft of the Higher Education Innovation Act passed by the Bavarian Council of Ministers, which, according to Paragraph 7, Sentence 1, obliges the Bavarian universities to sustainability as a new cross-sectional task in all areas.

As a new institute on the THI campus in Neuburg an der Donau, ForTraNN bundles and networks the already existing competences in the region and builds up new sustainability competences cooperatively and co-creatively. The central element here is a trans- and interdisciplinary approach that includes all relevant stakeholders and research directions. ForTraNN is not a pure research institute, but also focuses on transfer through teaching and opening the university to the outside world.

Through research cooperation with companies, municipalities and active civil society, transformation is shaped in an application- and public welfare-oriented way, taking into account particular interests and needs. Intergenerationally, students are actively involved through practical projects and prepared through teaching to shape a future worth living.

The work of ForTraNN is divided into different thematic clusters, which are closely linked to each other. At the same time, intensive cooperation with the various THI institutes and their specialised knowledge (e.g. in energy: InES, mobility: CARISSMA, AImotion, AI: AININ, sustainability: inas) is made possible and cooperation with supra-regional research institutions is possible.

Clusters ForTraNN

Sustainable Behaviour: Prof. Dr. Julia Blasch
  • Energy use behaviour of households
  • Environmentally conscious consumer behaviour
  • Sustainable behaviour in companies
Social Aspects of the Energy Transition: Prof. Dr. Julia Blasch, Prof. Dr. Uwe Holzhammer
  • Social Acceptance and Citizen Participation
  • Interaction of Social and Technical Innovations
  • Supporting/Accelerating Transformation Processes
  • Just Energy Transition
  • Value of RE Project Locations
  • Transdisciplinary RE Project Development
Sustainable System Analysis: Prof. Dr. Uwe Holzhammer
  • Energy System Technology
  • Sector Coupling
  • Flexibility in Energy Supply
  • Sustainable Mobility
Sustainabilty Management: Prof. Dr. Holger Hoppe
  • Corporate Sustainability Management
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Climate Management
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Environmental and Occupational Safety Management
Sustainable Construction: Prof. Dr. Oliver Blask
  • Sustainable Building Materials
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Building Materials Recycling

Recent events

Campusgebäude Neuburg

Sustainability Talks Neuburg

from May to July 2022 in Neuburg

Founding ceremony ForTraNN

in the framework of the conference "The Great Transformation

Lecture Series "Nachhaltiges modernes Leben"

from April to July 2022 on the topics of sustainability, mobility and artificial intelligence


Prof. Dr. Uwe Holzhammer

Prof. Dr. Holger Hoppe

Prof. Dr. Julia Blasch


Director ForTraNN Sustainability Research and Transfer
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Holzhammer
Phone: +49 841 9348-5025

Research Assistants

Researcher Project Mensch in Bewegung: Sustainable lifestyles and business concepts, sustainable mobility
Julia Pfeiffer
Phone: +49 841 9348-6525


Academic director
Prof. Dr. Holger Hoppe
Phone: +49 841 9348-2391
Room: A127
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Sustainable Infrastructure
Prof. Dr. Oliver Blask
Phone: +49 841 9348-2394