Important scientific partners are the national and international professional associations. The Fraunhofer ICT Group has provided three of the last four presidents of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik) and, since 2013, has also housed the capital office of the Society in its Berlin offices. This has resulted in numerous joint initiatives, ranging from the long-standing joint sponsorship of the Nationwide Competitions in Informatics (Bundesweite Informatikwettbewerbe) to the co-organization of four scientific years and the joint addressing of politics. Several Fraunhofer Institute directors have also been elected Fellows of the Gesellschaft für Informatik, its international sister company ACM and the IEEE.
The Fraunhofer ICT Group is a member of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics ERCIM. The association of European research institutions in the fields of information and communication technology and applied mathematics provides young scientists with scholarships at leading European research institutes. Topics include computer science, information technology and applied mathematics.
The Fraunhofer ICT Group is involved in the development program for executives Software Campus of the EIT ICT Labs Germany funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The initiative combines cutting-edge research and management practice in a novel way. Graduates manage the entire process of IT projects with the support of research and industry partners. Participants are supported in the form of management training, mentoring, a practical phase and active networks. To date, 18 doctoral students from Fraunhofer IUK network institutes have been able to realize their own projects in cooperation with industry.