Focus of work

  • Applied innovation research and innovation/policy consulting on high-technology topics (information and communication technologies and their applications, in particular micro and system technologies, system integration, Internet of Things, etc.)
  • Analysis of barriers to innovation; conception, coordination and implementation of measures supporting innovation processes
  • Questions of competence development in high-tech sectors
  • Evaluation of governmental support measures

Curriculum vitae

After his state examinations in physics and sports, Alfons Botthof worked in software development and as a trainer for communications electronics technicians before becoming a research associate at VDI/VDE-IT in 1988. Mr. Botthof is head of the Society and Innovation division of VDI/VDE-IT. Currently, he is responsible for the accompanying research on autonomics for Industry 4.0 and was and is involved in processes and networks for the implementation and execution of the future project Industry 4.0 of the Federal Government. Previously, he led accompanying research projects on technology programs for SMEs: NextGenerationMedia, Autonomics / Internet of Things. Furthermore, he supports the BMBF in the processing of strategic topics within the framework of the project sponsorship "Innovation Policy, Science Analysis and Communication, Data and Analysis Fundamentals for Education, Research, Strategy".


Apt, Wenke; Botthof, Alfons; Bovenschulte, Marc; Dwertmann, Anne; Ferdinand, Jan-Peter; Gabriel, Peter; Katrin Gaßner; Hartmann, Ernst Andreas; Kappel, Marcel; Kirste, Moritz; Krumm, Stephan; Krune, Edgar; Lutze, Maxie; Mah, Dana-Kristin; Otto, Stephan; Paulicke, Prisca; Priesack, Kai; Rohde, Marieke; Schmalz, Antonia; Schürholz, Markus; Spitzner, Eike-Christian; Stubbe, Julian; Thielicke, Robert; Waldburger, Martin; Wangler, Leo; Wessels, Jan; Wilsch, Benjamin; Wischmann, Steffen; Zinke, Guido; Mangelsdorf, Axel; Büching, Corinne (2018): Künstliche Intelligenz
Botthof, Alfons; Kriegesmann, Bernd; Kublik, Sebastian; Schwering, Markus G. (2008): Kompetenzentwicklung in High-Tech-Feldern