Honorary Colloquium in Remembrance of Prof. Dr. Thomas Geßner

The Technische Universität Chemnitz and the Fraunhofer ENAS invite to a Honorary Colloquium in Rememberance of Prof. Dr. Thomas Geßner.


September 8, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. | Central Lecture Hall Building N | Reichenhainer Straße 90 | 09126 Chemnitz

Musical prelude



University Management

Prof. Dr. Jan Mehner
Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering an Information Technology

Memorial speeches

Dr. Eva-Maria Stange
State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

Barbara Ludwig
Mayor of the City of Chemnitz

Dr. Peter Seifert
Chair of the University Council of the Technische Universität Chemnitz

Dr. Günter Lugert
Chairman of the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration Executive Committee


Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer
President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Musical interlude



Prof. Dr. Thomas Otto
Acting Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS

Musical finale


Closing remarks and words of gratitude

Reception in the foyer


Honorary Symposium

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.


Shaping the Transformation from Micro to Smart Systems
Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, General Manager,
Bosch Sensortec GmbH

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.


Functional Integration for Micro and Nano Electronics
Prof. Dr. Hubert Lakner, Head,
Fraunhofer Group Microelectronics VµE

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.                                  

Opportunities and Challenges for an Intuitive Internet of Things
Prof. Dr. Roger De Keersmaecker, former Senior Vice-President (retired) and Executive Adviser, IMEC,
Emeritus Professor of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Fully-Depleted-SOI Technology for the Internet of Things
Dr. Gerd Teepe, Director IP and Design Services

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


IGBT Power Technologies
Dr. Thomas Wächtler, former PhD student of Prof. Geßner, now Technology Development IGBT,
Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


Optical Studies of Low-Dimensional Microelectronic Materials
Prof. Dr. Ran Liu, Spokesman of the IRTG 1215, Fudan University Shanghai

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Applications of Functional Materials to MEMS
Prof. Dr. Masayoshi Esashi, Director of Micro System Integration Center (µSIC) and Principal Investigator WPI-AIMR
Tohoku University Sendai

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

New Trends in Diamond-Based Micro Technologies
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Fecht, Director of the Institute for  Micro and Nano Materials,
University of Ulm

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

New Materials and Chemistry: Small Molecules – Great Progress
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, Vice-Rector for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists,
Technische Universität Chemnitz

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Polymer-Based Batteries
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert, Dean of the Faculty Chemistry and Earth Science,
Friedrich Schiller University Jena

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Advanced Packaging for Smart Systems
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lang, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM





For donations to promote youth development in the field of Smart Systems Integration in honour of Prof. Dr. Thomas Geßner

Professor Geßner worked as a scientist at the interface between science, industry and politics. His work was not only characterized by initiating new fields of relevant basic research, but also by his efforts to transform scientific knowledge into application-oriented research and new products. He saw an important future technology in the combination of microelectronics, microsystems technology and other components for Smart Integrated Systems and consistently pressed ahead with its implementation. As a university professor, but also as a person, he took a particular interest in the training and promotion of young scientists. He supported the introduction and establishment of new interdisciplinary courses, supervised term papers and theses and was an examiner. In order to continue these efforts for the promotion of young scientists in the field of Smart Systems Integration, the management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS asks for donations to be sent to:

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
IBAN: DE86 7007 0010 0752 1933 00   |   BIC: DEUTDEMM   |   Bank: Deutsche Bank, München
Kennwort: Nachwuchsförderung Thomas Geßner


This money is meant to support students / Ph.D. candidates. Depending on the amount of donations received, Fraunhofer ENAS offers the following:

  • Free training / supplementary qualification of very good students / Ph.D. candidates
  • Prize for outstanding scientific work (master thesis / dissertation) in the field Smart Systems Integration

Should the amount of donations received make it possible to establish a foundation, we instead reserve the right to put these funds into the capital reserve of a foundation that is to be established with the aim of promoting young scientists, particularly in the field of Smart Systems Integration.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung promotes science and research and is exempted from corporate taxes (last notice of exemption: Sept 25, 2015). For donations of up to 200 euros, it is enough for tax purposes to provide a printout of this call for donations together with a confirmation of your bank that shows the name and account number or other identifier of the account holder and the recipient, the amount, the date of the transaction and the actual booking of the transaction. A separate donation receipt is not required in such cases. For amounts exceeding 200 euros, a separate donation receipt will be issued if the necessary conditions are met. In these cases we ask you to give us your address.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Otto
Director (acting), Fraunhofer ENAS