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Steady growth

Fraunhofer IPM has been growning steadily over the past years.

Facts and figures

Fraunhofer IPM: From 1973 until the present


Founded in 1973 as Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Space Research IPW, the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM emerged under its new name in 1980. Since this time, the main focus of research at Fraunhofer IPM has been on the development of optical systems and components together with materials and process development in various fields of technology. Fraunhofer IPM is located in Freiburg / Breisgau.


Today, Fraunhofer IPM employs approximately 240 staff, including some 30 students at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and on practical placements as well as apprentices, student assistants and visiting scientists.

Operating budget 2019*

Personnel 2019*

*At the beginning of 2017, the »Materials Characterization and Testing« department at the Kaiserslautern site was assigned to another Fraunhofer institute. The values from the Kaiserslautern site have been retroactively removed from the diagram for the years 2015 to 2016 for better comparability.