New photovoltaic technologies are being developed at the Competence Centre for Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin. Photo: Berlin Partner – Wuestenhagen
Science and scholarship of the highest caliber Cutting-edge basic research and impetus for technological development The over 70 non-university research institutions account for around 18,000 jobs in Berlin. Together with the state-run universities, they form an important basis for Berlin's economic development. This is because the great research potential of the facilities has developed into a significant location factor over the past few years which attracts primarily technology-oriented companies. Four institutes of the Fraunhofer Society, five institutes and the archives of the Max Planck Society, three research centers of the Helmholtz Association, as well as 12 institutes and three external branches of the Leibniz Association are all located in Berlin. Diversity of research optimal for interdisciplinary collaboration As part of their core services, the non-university research institutions have traditionally also provided knowledge and technology transfer and contract research. Numerous small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as large companies from Berlin and the whole of Germany benefit from this transfer of knowledge – but most of all young spin-offs which work on research contracts together with the institutes. One of Berlin's most prominent strengths is the diversity of the research being conducted and wide spectrum of scientific expertise, which ranges from materials research, production technology and informatics all the way to healthcare research and biomedicine. Thanks to this exceptional diversity, Berlin is the ideal location for groundbreaking research that is heavily dependent on interdisciplinary collaboration. Cutting-edge research in the humanities But it is not only the natural sciences which are strongly represented. With the Center for Modern Oriental Studies, the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, the Centre for General Linguistics, and the Dahlem Humanities Center of the Freie Universität, internationally recognized, cutting-edge research in the humanities also takes place in Berlin. As is the case in the natural sciences, researchers from all over the world come together in Berlin to conduct research on the latest issues.