The International Federation of Robotics connects the world of robotics around the globe.  

The IFR was established as a non-profit organization in 1987. 

Our institutional members come from the robotics industry, national or international industry associations and research & development institutes. Our federation directly represents over 90 members from more than 20 countries.

Our aim and purpose

  • to promote the positive benefits of robots for productivity, competitiveness, economic growth and quality of work and life,
  • to promote research, development, use and international co-operation in the entire field of robotics, 
  • to act as a focal point for organizations and governmental representatives in activities related to robotics,
  • to promote and strengthen the robotics industry worldwide,
  • to cause public awareness about robotics technologies and
  • to deal with other matters of relevance to our members.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the IFR is for robotics to address societal challenges and create a better life for all.

The mission of the IFR is

  • to create awareness of the positive impact of robots on our lives and society,
  • to increase accessibility of robots and interaction with robotics,
  • to enable the robotics industry to collaboratively leverage trends and advancements.

What we do

  • We provide worldwide market data for surveys, studies and statistics
  • Help manufacturers and integrators of robotics to enter new markets
  • Shape the position of the industry on key topics like collaborative robots, artificial intelligence and the workplace of the future
  • Inform the public and policy makers on key topics through press releases and regular IFR Executive Roundtable discussions (usually held in conunction to major international trade fairs).
  • Stimulate research in robotics and promote links between science and industry (IERA Award)
  • Foster the creation of alliances or partnerships among our members.
  • The IFR sponsors the International Symposium on Robotics ISR - a conference on industrial and service robotics held since 1970
  • Our federation actively co-operates with national and international robotics organizations

What we offer

  • Communication - Platform for sharing information on latest technology trends and exchanging ideas
  • Education - Central point to stay informed about technical and economic trends and developments.
  • Networking - professional industry contacts with suppliers, partners and end users.
  • Advocacy - supporting worldwide, national and local policies fostering the adoption of robotics

Contact IFR

Dr. Susanne Bieller

IFR General Secretary

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1502
E-Mail: secretariat(at)

Dr. Christopher Müller

Director IFR Statistical Department

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-11 91
E-Mail: statistics(at)

Silke Lampe

Assistant IFR Secretariat

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1697
E-Mail: secretariat(at)

Nina Kutzbach

Assistant IFR Statistical Department

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1518
E-Mail: statistics(at)