Science and Research

THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION is financing an Endowed Chair for Compressor Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe. With its Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Environmental Engineering (IKKU), the university is one of the few training and research facilities in this field throughout Germany. The Endowed Chair will supplement the range of IKKU’s subjects with the central topic of compressor technology. Main focuses will be on noise reduction and an increase in efficiency of compressors along with their associated environmentally friendly technology. “The establishment of an application-oriented Endowed Chair for compressor technology for refrigeration and process applications will provide strong impulses for a greater attractiveness and the effectiveness of the study programme in refrigeration, air conditioning and environmental engineering,” emphasizes Prof. Dr. Markus Stöckner, Prorector for Research, Technology Transfer and Quality Management of the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe. “In addition, the profile of the Mechanical Engineering degree programme will be further enhanced.”

From 2009 to 2015 THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION established a BITZER Endowed Chair for Refrigeration, Cryogenics and Compressor Technology (formerly Chair of Refrigeration and Compressor Technology) at the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the Dresden University of Technology. Currently, Professor Dr.-Ing. Ullrich Hesse is the chair holder. Since 2015, the University of Dresden has been reimbursing the chair from its own resources and ensuring the long-term preservation of teaching and research activities. THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION continues to support the department through various projects and initiatives, especially in scientific education and international exchange programmes. A habilitation postdoctoral position at the chair will, for instance, be co-financed until 2020. In addition, the International Graduate Programme “Future Refrigeration and Compressor Technologies” and the International Summer School “International Refrigeration and Compressor Course” will be funded, which will be realized jointly by the Dresden University of Technology and Purdue University, USA.


THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION is the funding organization of the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, a museum for contemporary art. Ever since it was opened in June 2010, the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen has displayed a representative selection of the over 3.500 works in the Schaufler collection as part of its temporary exhibitions. The collection comprises German and international artists, art from the ZERO movement, minimal art, conceptual art and concrete art.

Promotion of Young Talent


The Federal Ministry for Education and Research launched the Deutschlandstipendium at the start of the 2011 summer semester. The Germany Scholarship is a national scholarship program that is based on the scholarship program act (StipG). It supports current and first-year students who exhibit the potential to achieve excellence in their studies and career. The monthly grant of 300 euros per scholarship is made up of 50 percent government money and 50 percent private donations.

THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION is also supporting the Germany Scholarship and has made agreements with three universities:

Dresden University of Technology
A total of ten subject-related and non-subject-related grants are awarded over a period of at least three years.

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Ten subject-related and non-subject-related grants are provided over a period of at least three years.

University of Stuttgart
THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION has also been supporting a university in its immediate vicinity since the winter semester 2013/14 and currently awards five subject-related and non-subject-related grants at the University of Stuttgart.

More information about the Germany Scholarship can be found here:

The work of the JFZ Jugendforschungszentrums Nagold has been subsidized since 2011. The JFZ brings together 30 young people to carry out independent scientific and technical experiments under professional guidance. With its financial support, THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION has made an important contribution to the extracurricular promotion of young talent in the fields of science and technology.

Additional Support Measures

Valerius-Füner-Stiftung – Valerius-Füner-Foundation

The Valerius-Füner-Foundation supports the education and training of engineers in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and rewards the best graduates in the field of refrigeration technology every year. Since 2001 the work of the Valerius-Füner-Foundation has been supported with an annual financial contribution, first from BITZER Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH and starting 2010 from THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION.

Historische Kälte- und Klimatechnik e. V. (HKK) – Historical Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Association
Since 2012 THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION has supported the association in its aim of documenting the history of refrigeration and air conditioning technology and making it accessible to the public.