Founder and CEO of ResearchGate Ijad Madisch speaking to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. Photo: Martin Miseré/ResearchGate
Diversity meets internationality In Berlin, the sciences are firmly anchored in the urban environment of an international metropolis. Berlin is cosmopolitan and international. The most important contributing factor for the rapid population growth over the past few years lies in how attractive it is to people from all over the world who wish to play an active role in shaping the future. The scientific landscape plays a huge role in this – through 30,000 foreign students who have chosen Berlin as the place for their studies, and also through world-class scientists and scholars from all over the world who work in graduate schools or non-university research institutions as members of excellence clusters. And most of all through research-oriented companies who also attract talented minds from all over the world to come to Berlin. Research-oriented companies in the city alone employ 17,000 scientists and 11,000 highly qualified experts. A high quality of life for researchers and their families Scientists and scholars value not only the excellent research environment in Berlin. They also come here because Berlin is an extremely livable and tolerant city, and has a lot to offer people from all walks of life no matter what their tastes may be. Berlin is also among the five most family-friendly cities in Europe. Particularly for those working in academia or research who move to live here for extended periods of time, good infrastructure where childcare and schools are concerned are also an important advantage. Furthermore, the city offers cultural experiences of an international caliber. A meeting place for international scientists and scholars Berlin is well established as an international meeting place. With almost 140 top meetings per year, Berlin is ahead of London, Singapore, and New York. With more than 130,000 events, Berlin's event calendar sees more than 10 million participants each year. One of the most important drivers of positive development are the scientific conventions and congresses. Just the fields of medicine, science, and research alone regularly account for 10 to 15 percent of Berlin's annual event schedule. Berlin invests a great deal in the sciences. In return, the city receives an exceptional high degree of internationality, innovation, as well as a large number of highly qualified jobs, which arise as a result of successful collaboration between science and business. Berlin as a major city benefits from its versatility, its diverse facets, and its many faces. This firmly connects Berlin to the sciences in the city, its institutions, and the people who work there, because just like Berlin, the sciences are a prominent promoter of diversity, vibrancy, and creativity.