The Institute for Mobility Research is a research facility of the BMW Group. Its main task is to initiate cross-modal and interdisciplinary research with an international perspective in the domain of mobility and transport.

Since the BMW Group sees itself as a responsible mobility company, it necessarily also sees its aim as active involvement in a major, complex and networked area of conflicting interests and, thus, conducting future-orientated mobility research for the benefit of all.

ifmo’s aim is to make a contribution towards ensuring sustained mobility in the long term, in a diverse and demanding environment.

ifmo Team

Our work entails initiating and assisting research work, and promoting specialist discussions on current or future-orientated topics relating to science, politics or the public sphere – for example by organising workshops, conferences and discussions involving panels of experts.

Dr. Irene Feige

Dr. Irene Feige, Head of the Institute
Tel.: +49 89 382-34967

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Dr. Irene Feige

Dr. Johanna Esch, Senior Researcher
Tel.: +49 89 382-41087

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Dr. Peter Phleps, Senior Researcher
Tel.: +49 89 382-18511

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ifmo Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees comprising high-ranking representatives of the BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn Group, Lufthansa Group, MAN Group, Siemens AG and The World Bank Group, as well as other representatives from the scientific community has
been supervising and assisting the work of the Institute right from its establishment in 1998.

Dr. Michael Halbherr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Consultant; until 2014 Head of Here Business Unit


Dr. Markus Schramm, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees
BMW Group
Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy

Dirk Ahlborn
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Michael Dinter
Albert Speer & Partner GmbH
Project Coordinator Transportation

Dr. Karlheinz Haag
Lufthansa Group
Vice President  Environmental Concepts

Frederic Jakowatz
MAN Truck & Bus AG
Senior Vice President Product Marketing

Dr. Andreas Kopp
General Secretary European Commission
Principal Advisor and Member of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board 

Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz
Director, Institute for Transportation Research
Deutsches Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt


Dr. Manuel Rehkopf
Deutsche Bahn Group
Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy

Markus Schlitt
Senior Vice President Intelligent Traffic Systems
Mobility Division

Ingo Wuggetzer
Airbus Group
Vice President Cabin Marketing

ifmo Network

We employ the services of internationally renowned scientists to deal with our projects, selecting the most suitable partner in each case. This has the advantage of ensuring that the results remain uninfluenced by the interests of any one party.



ifmo has worked together with the following project partners during the last years:


National Partners    
Deutsche Bank Research   Link
DIW - Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung   Link
DLR  Institut für Verkehrsforschung   Link
Fachgebiet für Siedlungsstruktur und Verkehrsplanung - Technische Universität München   Link
Fraunhofer - Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung   Link
Geographisches Institut - Humboldt Universität zu Berlin   Link
Geschka & Partner Unternehmensberatung   Link
infas - Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft GmbH   Link
Institut für Humangeographie - Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt   Link
Institut für Soziologie - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz   Link
Institut für Verkehrswissenschaft  - Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster   Link
KCW GmbH   Link
NIT - Institut für Tourismus und Bäderforschung   Link
Institut für Verkehrswesen - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie   Link
Professur für Verkehrspsychologie - Technische Universität Dresden   Link
STRATA - Gesellschaft für Daten- und Informationsmanagement GmbH   Link
International Partners    
Center for Automotive Research - Stanford University   Link
Centre for Transport Studies- Imperial College London   Link
Department of Urban Planning - Tongji University   Link
IFSTTAR - Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux   Link
Institut für Verkehrswesen - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien   Link
Institute for Transport Studies - University of Leeds   Link
ProgTrans AG   Link
RAND Corporation- Washington   Link
SUSTRAC Nagoya University    
TØI  Institute of Transport Economics - Norwegian Centre for Transport Research   Link
Virginia Tech -  Alexandria   Link