First steps als Fraunhofer ITA
The Fraunhofer Institute in Hannover starts its operations – after only two years of planning and construction. A large research project on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in Wolfsburg, Germany, was already on its way: they wanted exhaust emissions to be studied. In early summer 1981, more than 40 employees were at work in the new laboratories and offices. “Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Aerosol Research ITA” was the institute’s initial name, indicating already its focuses.
The aim was to elucidate correlations between the presence of airborne pollutants and their toxic effects in man. The scientists therefore focused their research in the fields of inhalation toxicology, environmental hygiene, cell biology, testing of chemicals, aerosol research, and analytical chemistry.