Science Campus

Discourse between science and economy

The Science Campus, a forum where businesses and universities can exchange information, also provides K exhibitors and visitors with a comprehensive overview of scientific activities and results in plastics and rubber-related research. Since its launch in 2013, the Science Campus has gained in size and has recorded a rising number of participating universities, institutes and funding agencies. Four central issues are at the heart of the Science Campus, as they are expected to dramatically affect the development of the industry’s markets for the next few years.

Focal topics 2016

  • Resource efficiency
  • Digitization of the value added chain / Industry 4.0
  • New materials
  • Lightweight engineering


Scientists from the innovation circle of K 2016 or teams from their institutes will process and prepare information on the central topics. In addition to their featuring at the Science Campus agenda, they will also be addressed by the exhibits, the special event “Plastics shape the future” and by the Innovation Compass.

Participants of the Science Campus

Research and industry in dialogue

The following participants will be represented at the Science Campus in Hall 7.0 of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre:
  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Plastics Engineering (ikd),
  • Johannes Kepler University, Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing, Linz, Austria
  • Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)
  • Chemnitz University of Technology, Cluster of Excellence MERGE, Institute of Lightweight Structures
  • Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK)
  • University of Stuttgart, Institute of Polymer Technology (IKT)
  • A total of ten institutes or chairs of macromolecular and technical chemistry
  • Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research with a total of eight institutes
  • Kunststoff-Institut (plastics institute for SMEs in North Rhine-Westphalia) (KIMW)
  • BKV GmbH – investment and plastics-recycling company
  • EnCO2re – a European innovation programme to enable CO2 re-use by Climate-KIC
  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR) – coordinating institute for renewable materials activities
  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • VDI – The Association of German Engineers
  • Scientific Alliance of Plastics Technology (WAK)