With 36,000 members (including 1,300 companies, 8,000 students and 6,000 young professionals) the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe. VDE embraces science, standardization work and product testing and certification under one roof. VDE is involved in technical knowledge transfers, research, and promoting young talents in the key technologies of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology and their applications. Other key VDE activities include ensuring safety in electrical engineering, developing recognized technical regulations as national and international standards, and testing and certifying electrical and electronic devices and systems. The VDE mark, known and respected by 67 percent of Germans, is considered to be a symbol for the highest safety standards. VDE works in the fields of information technology, energy, medical engineering, microelectronics, micro and nanotechnology and automation.