OFFIS is the leading research and development institute in Lower Saxony in the field of computer science.
As an affiliated institute of the Carl von Ossietzky University, which also conducts basic research that is indispensable for us, we conduct application-oriented research as well as science and technology transfer into society, business and administration.
The funding bodies of OFFIS are the state of Lower Saxony, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and professors related to computer science, especially from the Department of Computer Science, as well as from other universities.
We perform technically and scientifically outstanding work for innovative and application-oriented research.
Our research is based on people, their needs and the need to preserve the environment.
We share our research results with everyone through widely available publications.
We reflect our research on ethical principles and follow the standards of good scientific practice.
Research done for and on weapons has no place in OFFIS.
OFFIS stands for applied innovation. We are a competent partner in research projects, offering innovative solutions and addressing problems openly and constructively.
We achieve technology transfer through high-quality and application-oriented research in predominantly pre-competitive, publicly funded collaborative projects with partners from society, industry and science or in direct commissioning by companies or administrations. These projects also contribute to the networking of partners, the qualification of our employees, the promotion of spin-offs and the positioning of the state of Lower Saxony as an innovative IT location.
As a non-profit organization, we do this neutrally and independently of manufacturers and products. With contract research, we do not compete with companies active on the market.
In addition to the usual academic criteria in the scientific community, the benefit for our cooperation partners through scientific consulting and services is our benchmark.
Information technology and digitalization are increasingly shaping our society and influencing our environment. OFFIS and its employees are meeting the responsibility that comes with this.
OFFIS contributes to solving the challenges of a networked world based on facts and in peaceful, international, democratic cooperation.
All employees are committed to ensuring that people are not disadvantaged or discriminated against because of their skin color, origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or impairments. We explicitly promote equal rights and inclusion for all people.
Our respectful and at the same time professional interaction with each other is characterized by respect, openness and commitment. Decisions are presented as transparently as possible. We work closely together with the university.
We approach pupils and students at an early stage, promote the careers of our employees and maintain contact with our alumni.
We promote individual development opportunities and the balance between family and career.
This mission statement was adopted on February 17, 2020. Here you can find the original mission statement as a PDF document (german version only).