Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden

Our research focus

Institute building of the Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden.

As the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, we are leaders in applied research for the secure supply of high-quality foodstuffs and for sustainable packaging systems. We have around 350 scientists working with us on groundbreaking products, processes and technologies at our sites in Freising and Dresden.

The business fields of Fraunhofer IVV work together synergistically.

At Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden, we are developing efficient processing and cleaning processes. We use modern data analysis methods to identify weaknesses and potential in existing processes and create innovative approaches for Industrie 4.0.

Product safety and process efficiency are the most important aspects when it comes to our processing plant developments. We are responding to mounting challenges with hybrid technology concepts and new solutions provided by digitalization.

Dresden is one of the most important locations for science in Germany. Since 1995, we have been part of the Fraunhofer community in Saxony’s capital city, which boasts a large number of Fraunhofer institutes, facilities and institute branches. This wealth of research institutions all in one place and the close links to the Technical University (TU) of Dresden result in a high level of expertise and numerous spin-offs that both industry and science benefit from in equal measure. As a member of DRESDEN-concept, an alliance of 33 research institutions and renowned cultural institutions active in research fields, we are also ideally positioned to develop networks across specialist boundaries at the Dresden site.

Processing machinery business unit

Packaging business unit

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Your career in Dresden

At Fraunhofer IVV’s Dresden site, we pool expertise from the fields of mechanical engineering, software development, engineering psychology, materials, processing, digitalization and automation. Thanks to our connection to the TU Dresden, science and applied research dedicated to industry are all closely interlinked, allowing us to put the emphasis on interdisciplinary exchange.

Our job opportunities are as wide-ranging as our fields of research. Discover the career options that await you at Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden!

In our teams, you have the opportunity for flexible, mobile work, allowing you to perfectly balance your family life, leisure time and career. As well as a working environment where you’ll feel valued, you will be working in facilities with state-of-the-art equipment both in the office and in our two pilot plants for cleaning and processing technologies.

We offer all our young researchers an exciting start to their scientific careers, special support programs for scientists and access to the unique Fraunhofer network.

If we’ve piqued your interest, then you’ve come to the right place! 

COSMO Science Exhibition "Artificial Intelligence Explained

Project map of the research project Miro - Obstbau-digital of the Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden

The COSMO Science Forum presents the exhibition "Artificial Intelligence Explained" from September 8, 2023 to January 25, 2024. Learn how artificial intelligence (AI) works, how Dresden research institutions work with it, and how architecture and design students as well as artists question AI and apply it in the creation process.

With our research project "MIRO - Obstbau digital" we show together with our project partners in seven use cases how we use digitalization solutions to future-proof regional fruit and its value chain up to the fruit product.

Take a look:

COSMO - Science Forum at the Dresden Palace of Culture.
Schloßstraße 2, 01067 Dresden, Germany


VVD 2024 - Scientific Symposium »The Complexity Challenge«

As part of the anniversary event of the scientific symposium, business and research will enter into a joint exchange from March 21 to March 22, 2024.

The focus will be on the main topics:

  • Biogenic processed goods
  • Packaging in the circular economy
  • Assistance systems to combat the shortage of skilled workers
  • Resilient processing and packaging processes
  • Resource-saving cleaning processes

Overview of Fraunhofer IVV’s services

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