Program - 27.09.2023


Onsite: Mehmet Kürümlüoglu | Head of Team Advanced Systems Engineering at Fraunhofer IAO (DE)

Online: Stephan Schüle | Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IAO (DE)

© Ludmilla Paysark | Fraunhofer IAO

8:30 a.m. CEST

Arrival & Registration


09:00 a.m. CEST

Greetings and Opening Remarks

Dr.-Ing. Florian Herrmann | Deputy director of Fraunhofer IAO (DE)

09:15 a.m. CEST

InnoFrugal Conference: The Past and the Future 

Venkata Gandikota | Co-founder of InnoFrugal (FI) and visiting fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School (UK)

09:30 a.m. CEST

The rise of Frugal Innovation in Research 

Adrian Sins | Scientist at the Center for Frugal Products and Manufacturing Systems at Fraunhofer IAO (DE)

09:45 a.m. CEST

FRANCIS: Frugal Innovation by Citizens for Citizens

Solène Delarue | Project Manager at Agorize (FR)

Rachel O'Boyle | Advisor at The Behavioural Insights Team (UK)

Gencer Özkazman | Innovation Manager at BSH Turkey (TR) 

10:15 a.m. CEST

Coffee Break and Lab Tour

11:00 a.m. CEST

Session 1 - Creating Frugal-friendly Policies

Online: Carmen Antuna Rozado | Senior scientist at VTT (FI)

Onsite: Martin Maga | Senior scientist at Fraunhofer IRB (DE)


How Should a Government BE? Implications of Frugal Innovation

Prof. Jaideep Prabhu | Professor of Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School (UK)


Psychological Barriers to Innovation Adoption among Smallholder Farmers: An Integrative Study and Policy Strategies

Nopparuj Chindasombatcharoen | Researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute (THA) and PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge (UK)


12:30 p.m. CEST

Lunch Break

01:30 p.m. CEST

Session 2 - Linking Sustainability, Digitalisation and Frugal Innovation

Online: Giovanna Sanchez Nieminen | Senior Scientist at VTT (FI)

Onsite: Martin Maga | Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IAO (DE)


Frugal Digital Solutions 

Allan A. Báez Morales, Director of Programs and Partnerships of the Frugal Innovation Hub at Santa Clara University (US)


Frugal Digital Innovation & Transformation: Impacting Business, Society, and the Environment

Prof. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari | Professor of Business Administration and Global Innovation at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences (DE)


03:00 p.m. CEST

Coffee Break

03:30 p.m. CEST

Session 3 - Insights into Recent Studies on Frugal Innovation

Onsite: Martin Maga | Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IRB (DE)


Characteristics of Frugal Innovations: Insights from an Empirical Study

Prof. Dr. Ingo Liefner | Head of the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography of the University of Hannover (DE)


Frugal Innovation in the Machine and Plant Engineering Industry: Results of a Study by the German Engineering Federation VDMA

Liza Wohlfart | Senior Scientist and Head of the Center for Frugal Products and Manufacturing Systems at Fraunhofer IAO (DE)



04:15 p.m. CEST

Frugal Innovation: The Malaysian Experience

Susana Binti Kamaruddin | Principal Engineer at the Industrial Research Management Centre of SIRIM Berhad (MY)

05:00 p.m. CEST

Frugal Innovation Revisited: How to Develop Frugal and Sustainable Innovations

Jonas Fröhlich | Scientist at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research ENI at the University of Stuttgart (DE)

from 05:30 p.m. CEST

Snack and Chat

Science, Food and Beer

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07:00 p.m. CEST

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27 September 2023: InnoFrugal Germany