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Higher education and science move Berlin Science and academia are the driving force behind Berlin’s innovative economy and ensure people use research and resources responsibly in every respect. They provide important insights and technologies for a socially and ecologically sustainable city of the future, and provide answers to the needs of a growing metropolis where people can enjoy living well and safely. Autonomous driving What has been discussed and developed in lecture halls and laboratories for years is now being tested and even transporting passengers at several locations in Berlin: a test track for autonomous driving is being built on the Straße des 17. Juni to the west of the Brandenburg Gate as part of the DIGINET-PS project. Self-propelled electric buses are being tested on the EUREF campus in Schöneberg and, on the Charité Campus in Mitte and Wedding, they have been shuttling passengers since early 2018. Creative ideas and professionals for the city of tomorrow Berlin has set itself the goal of becoming a leading smart city. Innovations and technological progress contribute to improving the quality of life in the city and will help to make Berlin climate-neutral by 2050. The interaction between research, established companies and start-ups is key here. Many collaborative projects are working on intelligent solutions for the city of tomorrow. The planned CityLAB Berlin will make new technologies and services more understandable and tangible. Berliners of all ages and walks of life are benefiting from science and academia in all aspects of their lives. Berlin’s universities are training the next generation of teachers for the state’s schools, the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin is working to meet the additional demand for nursing staff, and the Berlin School of Economics and Law is providing management trainees for business, government and the police. Just three small facts that show how academics and research are important to the fabric of the city. No ivory towers The city’s academic institutions keep in touch with the public with open lectures, auditing opportunities and science slams. Digitalisation projects are giving the public the opportunity to look at long-hidden worlds, archives and collections. Many even invite people to join in, such as the Herbonauts project at Berlin’s Botanical Gardens, where anyone can help complete a database of almost four million plant species to support biodiversity research. A special experience each year is the annual Long Night of the Sciences, a city-wide open house where scientific institutions fling wide their doors and provide an outstanding programme of events for all ages. This “smartest night of the year” has long since become a fixture for summers in Berlin, with 35,000 visitors checking out more than 2,000 events across the city. The Berlin Science Week at the beginning of November each year is another great opportunity for the public to check out the latest scientific developments. Whether quantum technology, new populism or artificial intelligence, this event brings Berlin’s world of research together to discuss a kaleidoscope of current topics and exciting insights into the research of tomorrow. 4

Driving culture Science and culture form a special symbiosis in Berlin. Many museums are also research institutions that work closely with other scientific institutions and benefit from their mutual expertise. With four universities for the arts, including the internationally renowned Universität der Künste Berlin, the city offers plenty of opportunities for young talent in the city’s theatres, opera houses and concert halls. They come from all over the world to attend university here, and their graduates are much sought-after around the world. For example, the alumni of the Hanns Eisler School of Music, who conduct orchestras in Tel Aviv or run concert halls in Oslo. But you don’t have to travel far to see the art created and performed by Berlin’s universities. For example, at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, you can regularly see tomorrow’s stars perform at the BAT Theater. Students and graduates of the Berlin Weissensee School of Art design not only stage sets and costumes, but also hip magazines, public spaces and commercial products. Hundreds of events are held annually with Berlin’s cultural institutions. Driving the economy Academics and research are some of the largest employers in the city. The city’s state universities employ about 48,000 people, and many more are employed at its research institutes and private universities. Teaching and research are driving Berlin’s economic growth. Particularly innovative sectors benefit from basic research and the opportunities for cooperation in applied research. Together with the outstanding education received by thousands of recent graduates, these are a key argument for many companies choosing to locate in Berlin. Berlin’s universities alone have spun off over 1,000 companies with 22,000 new jobs and billions in sales. The Berlin Museum of Natural History, one of the eight Leibniz research museums, holds about one million animal specimens for scientific research in its wet collection. The city’s universities of applied sciences play a special role in promoting Berlin as a location for business. To strengthen regional innovation and competitiveness, Berlin has set up centres for the future where academics, research and industry can collaborate. One such location is Adlershof, home to non-university and academic research institutions as well as hundreds of companies, including 40 world market leaders. The research being done at Adlershof continues to write the future. The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) is pushing new initiatives to turn Berlin into a top location for microelectronics, while the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is making plans for some quantum leaps in energy research. These are just two examples that illustrate the great dynamics of the ten centres for the future in Berlin. Berlin Science Prize In 2017, the Berlin Science Prize was awarded for the tenth time by the city’s Governing Mayor to recognise outstanding achievements in science and research made in Berlin. An outstanding achievement by a young scientist is also honoured each year. 5

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Rehabilitation in Berlin und Brandenburg
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Digitale Wirtschaft in Berlin
Fernsehen in der Hauptstadtregion Berlin-Brandenburg
Fashion in Berlin
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Medien und Kreativwirtschaft in Berlin-Brandenburg
Turbomaschinen und Kraftwerkstechnik
Energienetze und -speicher in der Hauptstadtregion Berlin-Brandenburg
Kreislaufwirtschaft in Berlin
Wasserwirtschaft in Berlin
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Service Packages für Unternehmen in Berlin
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