Future Work Lab

Innovation lab for work, people and technology in Stuttgart

Welcome to the Future Work Lab website!

Digitalization and Industrie 4.0 are transforming industry, as technology paves the way for an increasing number of innovative solutions. But what will industrial manufacturing look like in the future? What suits your company? How do you successfully make implementations?

Opened on February 2, 2017, the Future Work Lab is Germany’s largest facility exploring the impact of Industrie 4.0 on industrial manufacturing. Occupying 1,000 m², it offers a firsthand taste of the industry workplaces of the future. Our Demonstrator World showcases more than 50 demonstrators, covering the full range of future industrial work environments and bringing them to life. This is your chance to see for yourself how aspects of digitalization can enhance future workplaces.

Learn more about our services!

The Future Work Lab is open to companies, employees, employee representatives, politicians, researchers and other interested parties. In the period since 2017, we have had more than 12,000 visitors from all over the world. Come and talk to us.

Our demonstrator world showcases a range of scenarios that cover the whole range of future industry work contexts and bring them to life. It is your chance to see for yourself firsthand how workplaces can be enhanced using elements of digitalization.

We also offer seminars, workshops and training opportunities so that entrepreneurs and manufacturing workers can use our learning world to equip themselves with the skills they need in tomorrow’s workplace.

Research can also draw on our world of ideas as a central platform for scientific dialog and further research into production work in the future.


© Rainer Bez, Fraunhofer IPA

Open Lab Day at the Future Work Lab (in German language only)

Would you like to experience production work of the future for yourself? Once a month, our free Open Lab Day offers curious visitors a chance to visit the Future Work Lab for three hours.

© Ludmilla Parsyak, Fraunhofer IAO

News | February 2, 2017

Official opening

Today Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, opened the Future Work Lab together with the Fraunhofer Executive Board, institute directors and some 150 guests from politics, research and business.

© Rainer Bez, Fraunhofer IAO

Learning world seminars and consultancy services

Our learning world offers manufacturing companies seminars and training events.