Science Days

How to match science and practice?

In Freiburg, we hosted an event that allows players from the worlds of science and industry to jointly tackle production-specific challenges and find solutions to these.

In 2018, Pfizer hosted the first Science Day in collaboration with the Sustainability Center – an alliance of Freiburg’s five Fraunhofer Institutes, the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, sustainability-focused enterprises and stakeholders from society – with around 30 participants at the Freiburg production site. The aim of the event was to foster exchange and develop ideas and tangible starting points for joint projects, making the future production of pharmaceuticals an even more sustainable process.

‘The dialogue with scientists on actual problems was inspirational and broadened our perspectives in many respects. Now it’s time for us to turn the approaches we found in to reality’, Peter Neske, Business Innovation Lead.

Following the opening speech by Professor Gunther Neuhaus, Vice-Rector for Research at the Albert Ludwig University, Pfizer offered participants an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of pharmaceuticals production at the Freiburg site: In his keynote presentation, Axel Knoch, Senior Director PPD at Pfizer, described the past phases of the ‘green journey’ at the production site and outlined where the journey towards sustainable and highly-automated production might lead to.

In the second part of the event, it was time for the participants to get actively involved. In a series of workshops with scientists from the Fraunhofer Institutes and Pfizer’s in-house experts, they developed possible solutions to real-world problems, for example approaches for estimating the minimum ignition energy of combustible dusts.