Optimization of a wind turbine in the wind tunnel at the institute for fluid mechanics at the TU Berlin. Photo: Berlin Partner – Wuestenhagen
Science and business, tightly integrated Short communication paths and a large number of platforms ensure intensive collaboration and networking Berlin is where science and business converge. It is above all innovative companies which profit from Berlin, one of the largest and most diverse regions in Europe for science and scholarship, as this is where they encounter optimal circumstances for research and development. That is because this is where they can recruit and utilize the great number of potential young and talented scientists and managers for the development of their own products, market-ready services, or innovative business models. Around 80 percent of university lecturers in Berlin work together with commercial companies, and around 50 percent of the companies here collaborate with scientific institutions. The focal points of research in Berlin include health management, energy technology, traffic and mobility, optics and microsystems, as well as information technology. But basic physical and chemical research, materials technology, as well as the creative industry are also central fields of innovation in the city. To ensure functioning knowledge networks, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft and Technologie and the knowledge transfer offices at the universities in Berlin and non-university research institutions which were set up specifically for this purpose also provide experienced and competent points of contact. Special collaboration platforms such as www.marktreif.berlin and www.berlin-innovation.de also provide help with finding the right partners for specific collaborative projects. For international cooperations, the Enterprise Europe Network provides expert assistance. Knowledge transfer through spatial proximity For Berlin, being located close to scientific institutions and the related networking possibilities are of central importance where location factors are concerned. This is because it is only when companies and research institutions are physically located close by that a vibrant and genuine transfer of knowledge can arise. This is also exactly why the areas around the science and technology park Adlershof in the southeastern region of Berlin and the Biotech Park Buch in the north of the city have developed into internationally renowned locations of the future, and are extremely attractive as locations for companies from, e.g. the energy technology and photonics industries, but also from the health management and life sciences sectors. New high-tech locations are emerging in the southwest of Berlin, in the center of Berlin, in the City-West region, as well as at Tegel airport. An additional eight technology-oriented startup centers with their tailored consulting services also provide ideal conditions for entrepreneurs.