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Optical Analytics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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  • Brandenburg
  • Technology
  • Analysis
  • Aerospace
  • Astronomy
  • Technology
  • Analysis
  • Bioanalytics
  • Photonics
  • Berlin
  • Optical
  • Analysis
  • Measurement
  • Materials
  • Spectroscopy
  • Adlershof
  • Technologies

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62 Training and Continuing Education Programs 6 Training and Continuing Education Programs Introduction An industrial infrastructure for optics and related high technologies emerged in Berlin and Brandenburg, starting in the early 19th century. Educational and training opportunities were also developed early on in order to ensure future generations of appropriately qualified employees. Today, the region offers a sustainable network with a wide variety of institutions and programs to provide vocational training from apprentice level to master certification, and university training from bachelor degrees to PhDs. In addition, there is also a wide range of other educational programs, including an introduction to the world of science in preschools and elementary schools as well as in-service training in a wide variety of specializations. Studying in Berlin and Brandenburg Post-secondary institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg offer excellent opportunities to study a wide variety of subjects related to optical analysis. This begins with physics and chemistry (FUB, HUB, TUB, Potsdam University and BTU Cottbus) and continues with specialized bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at a variety of institutions. These include stand-alone programs as well as specializations or modules for coursework in engineering or natural sciences. Joint appointments between post-secondary institutions and research institutions not affiliated with universities create strong networks and ensure direct access to current and applied research even outside the university. A comprehensive overview of the various vocational training opportunities can be found in the Bildungsatlas Optische Technologien und Mikrosystemtechnik in Berlin und Brandenburg (training atlas for optical technologies and microsystems technologies), which is in its 4th edition for 2016/17. www.optecbb.de/en 1 Graduate Schools A number of graduate schools in Berlin and Brandenburg offer applied study and research programs for postgraduates, with substantively and organizationally structured courses of study. Participants often work as assistants or receive stipends. Most graduate schools are funded by DFG and their programs are limited to 9 years. FUB, HUB and TUB each organize a dozen or so such interdisciplinary graduate schools. In addition to the DFG-funded programs, the universities in Berlin were able to establish several graduate programs to promote science and research at German post-secondary institutions as part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative. The Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (BIG-NSE), founded by TUB, has received funding since 2007 and serves as a key element of the Excellence Cluster Unified Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) within the Excellence Initiative. www.big-nse.tu-berlin.de The School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SAL- SA), established in Berlin in 2012, is also part of the Excellence program. SALSA is a graduate program of the 1 www.optecbb.de/lang/media/download/OpTecBB_Bildungsatlas_www.pdf

Training and Continuing Education Programs 63 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offered at Adlershof’s modern campus where doctoral candidates learn analytical problem-solving methods using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. As part of effort to cultivate young talent in STEM professions, educational opportunities for school-age students have recently been created at many institutions. The DLR_ School_Lab, for instance, offers about 20 different modules that allow children and teens to conduct experiments on a specific topic over the course of a day. At the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB), students are able use a school lab on special project days. Like the HZB, the school lab Insight into Matter has two locations: Berlin-Wannsee and Berlin-Adlershof (BESSY II). There, pupils aged 5-13 conduct experiments on topics relating to magnetism & superconductivity, solar energy research, interference, materials research as well as light & colors. www.dlr.de/schoollab/en | www.helmholtz-berlin.de 2 Teacher Education www.salsa.hu-berlin.de Adlershof is also home to the Hybrid4Energy graduate school, operated jointly by both HUB and HZB. Its focus is on promoting interdisciplinary education, training, and research on hybrid organic/inorganic systems for electronic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices with a view to predicting and controlling material properties. These novel materials are destined for use in the photovoltaic industry and next generation IT structures. Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg is a permanent university unit that covers a multitude of subjects and school levels. Since fall 2010, it has been working with all concerned players to develop pedagogical research, school teaching and teacher education in STEM subjects and to evaluate their activities. Program fellows place a particular emphasis on networking the fields of biology, chemistry, primary school education, computer science, mathematics and physics. Through its ProMINT-Kolleg concept, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin became one of four universities in Germany to win the Deutsche Telekom Foundation’s competition for excellence in STEM teacher education in 2009. www.physik.hu-berlin.de/h4e www.promint.hu-berlin.de School Programs for Young Students Vocational Training In addition to vocational training in primary occupational categories such as precision optician or microtechnologist, a number of other professions are also of high importance to the industry. Chemistry and physics lab technicians, with responsibilities for overseeing basic functions in high-tech laboratories, are as sought after as are precision engineering technicians for the production of high-precision components. Inter-company training centers and training associations that group together training providers in the interest of mutual support, help ensure the quality of vocational training. One example is the Ausbildungsverbund Mikrotechnologie 2 www.helmholtz-berlin.de/angebote/schuelerlabor/index_en.html

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