Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, institute director of Fraunhofer IESE, appointed member of the State Council for Digital Development and Culture

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On 4 October 2016, Minister President Malu Dreyer presented a dialog paper entitled “Digital Rhineland-Palatinate. We create networks for people in rural areas” and started a broad process in this context. Among other things, she presented the new State Council for Digital Development and Culture. One of its members is Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer, professor of computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern, President of the German Informatics Society (GI e.V.), and institute director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern. The institute is the initiator of the first real lab worldwide for digitalization in rural areas and of the Rhineland-Palatinate Citizen Science project Digital Villages.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer, Fraunhofer IESE
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Prof. Liggesmeyer was appointed to the State Council for Digital Development and Culture

With the digital dialog, the state government intends to further develop digitalization in Rhineland-Palatinate together with citizens and experts. Specific questions include, for example: How can rural areas remain attractive with the help of digitalization? Which new forms of work will evolve, and what are our wishes regarding work in the future? IESE institute director Liggesmeyer will advise the state government as a member of the State Council for Digital Development and Culture and contribute his expertise in the area of digitalization in rural areas. “As Fraunhofer IESE, our research initiative ‘Smart Rural Areas’ is aimed at getting life in rural areas ready for the future with the help of digital solutions. I look forward to being allowed to support the state government in creating networks for people in rural areas”, says Prof. Liggesmeyer.

Fraunhofer IESE initiated the first real lab worldwide on digitalization in rural areas. With the research initiative “Smart Rural Areas”, the institute contributes its competencies in the  “future topic Rural Areas” for the benefit of both the Western Palatinate region and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and – in a cross-industry and partner-oriented approach – for Germany and for the European Union. The Living Lab as a development and evaluation platform offers the necessary infrastructure for developing new ideas for Smart Rural Areas. Concepts developed by the research initiative are currently being tested in the project Digital Villages in the two Rhineland-Palatinate municipalities Betzdorf and Eisenberg/Göllheim. The topic of this project is how to create networks among citizens through digital technology in the sense of modern neighborhood support.