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Unser Our Scientific Advisory Board

Pre-competitive basic research to develop disruptive and scalable technologies is our mission. With the support and collaboration of seven renowned scientific institutes from Germany, the Modellfabrik Papier already has a strong foundation to achieve this goal.

”With the open innovation approach of the Modellfabrik Papier, the aim is to bridge the gap between research and industry, sustainability and decarbonisation. I am particularly pleased that the Modellfabrik Papier has a very strong interdisciplinary and competent scientific base.”
Dr. Markus Wildberger
Chairman of the Shareholders' Committee

Prof. Dr. Markus Biesalski

Institute Director MAP

“The Modellfabrik Papier has the potential to set milestones on the way to climate-neutral paper production and thus play an important role nationally and internationally as an active building block in the implementation of the bioeconomy strategy.

Dr. Thorsten Voß

Board member

”The Modellfabrik Papier brings together key players with the aim of reinventing the manufacturing process of fiber-based functional materials. This requires ways of thinking that are unconventional and characterized by high creativity.

Prof. Dr. Isabel Kuperjans

Executive Director

“From a thermodynamic point of view, the paper process offers fascinating combination possibilities for the provision of heat, electricity, water and raw material requirements. Together with my team, I am contributing to making paper production climate-neutral by working on the work package “Resource management with a focus on energy systems“.

RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries


“Paper and nonwovens are platform technologies for the bioeconomy. Sustainability and digitalisation work hand in hand! The Model Factory Paper and the Digital Nonwoven Innovation Center DNIC complement each other synergistically at the Innovation Center Düren.

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr

Institute Director IBG-2

“The paper industry is an essential part of the bioeconomy. I would like to strengthen the connection of the paper industry of the future with other sectors of the bioeconomy in the Modellfabrik Papier – regionally in the structural change, but also supraregionally with new raw materials, technologies and circular approaches.

Prof. Dr. Samuel Schabel

Head of department PMV

“The Modellfabrik Papier is very close to my heart, and I have supported the project since the first ideas and concept proposals. The Modellfabrik Papier can lay the foundations for the sustainable paper production of the future. I want to be part of that.

Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Dr. Frank Miletzky

Honorary professor

”Future through progress. Progress through technology. Technology with responsibility. I want to ensure that the innovations and disruptive ideas developed by the Modellfabrik Papier are considered in the overall system of the paper industry and successfully implemented.

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