Thinking of Tomorrow
25th Anniversary of the Technology Park Adlershof – this was the motto of the annual Adlershof reception in April, as some of you might remember. So, isn’t it a bit late to make this the main topic of the Adlershof Journal’s autumn issue? Not in the least.
It was actually in September 1991 when WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH (Wista), formerly known as Entwicklungsgesellschaft Adlershof (EGA), was born. Readers who are interested in more information on the emergence of the Technology Park Adlershof are directed to the March/April 2011 issue of Adlershof Journal and the Adlershof Special 13, which was in celebration of the 20th anniversary.
Why this introduction? Because we made a conscious decision not to look to the past, but to look forward instead. We asked Adlershof-based entrepreneurs and scientists about their goals and their thoughts on the future trends in their respective disciplines. The contributions of Adlershof-based companies to the development of smart cities are included as well as future tourism in space and ideas for new materials. The physicist Simone Raoux, for example, designs thermoelectric materials which transform heat into power. This enables us to use body heat to power pacemakers or blood pressure sensors. The chemist Stefan Hecht, on the other hand, aims at using light to switch “the body’s molecular machines”, for example, ribosomes on and off as well as the effects of a drug.
Hartmut Ehmler is among those who have made their visions reality. In his free time, the physicist builds portable solar-powered cookers. Discarded signboards for Adlershof events serve as his raw material, which can be easily used to sculpt a parabolic reflector. You should, however, make for ample time to prepare your food with one of Ehmler’s solar-powered cookers.
We hope you enjoy reading how Adlershof is paving the way to the next generation.
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Essay by Prof. Dr. Eckard Minx, expert for future research, innovation management and organisation development
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Behind the scene
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Interview with television and film producer Beatrice Kramm
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Tracing the Causes of Anxiety
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Power from a Briefcase
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SILICIUM INCREASES BATTERY CAPACITY
Six times the power
The capacity of lithium-ion batteries might be increased by six times by using anodes made of silicon instead of graphite, according to a team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) Institute of Soft Matter and Functional Materials. It was shown that extremely thin layers of silicon would be sufficient to achieve the maximal load of lithium. Lithium-ion batteries provide laptops, smart phones, and tablet computers with reliable energy. However, electric vehicles have not gotten as far along with conventional lithium-ion batteries. This is due to electrode materials, such as graphite, that are currently being used. These are not able to stably adsorb a sufficient number of lithium ions, restricting the capacity of these batteries. Semiconductor materials like silicon are therefore receiving attention as alternative to graphite
DÉJÀ-VU WITH DIG, DAG & DIGEDAG
Presentation for fans of “Mosaik“
On 20th October 2016, the three main characters of the popular East-German “Mosaik” comics, Dig, Dag und Digedag, by cartoonist Hannes Hegen (1955–1975) will be back. Mark Lehmstedt will be talking about “The Secret History of the Digedags” starting at 7 pm at Theater Adlershof, Moriz-Seeler-Straße 1; Admission is 13 euros
Revisiting the Guards Regiment
Until the beginning of the 1990s, the area between Wagner-Régeny and Erich-Thilo-Straße in Adlershof was home to a part of the GDR’s guard regiment “Felix Dzerzhinsky”. Today the area is characterised by the institutes of Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität as well as public administration departments, offices, cultural centres, commercial properties, and apartment houses. The event on 1st November 2016 will deal with the guard regiment’s history as well as today’s use of the area and let eyewitnesses speak. It is hosted by WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH and the BStU Stasi Records Agency.
Start 6 pm, Location: Forum Adlershof, Rudower Chaussee 24
More information and registration via firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 030/6392-2247
EOSAM BACK IN ADLERSHOF
The optics industry meet-up
The European Optical Society once again decided to host the EOSAM 2016 in Berlin. The meet-up includes a five-day conference and an industrial exhibition and will take place from 26th to 30th September 2016 in the Technology Park Adlershof. More than 500 visitors from all over the world are expected. Key topics are silicon photonics and guided-wave optics, freeform optics, optical system design and tolerancing, diffractive optics, trends in resonant nanophotonics, frontiers in optical metrology, organic & hybrid semiconductor materials and devices, adaptive optics, and advanced illumination imaging.
IGAFA’S CELEBRATORY COLLOQUIUM
The Joint Initiative of Non-University Affiliated Research Institutes in Adlershof e.V. (IGAFA) has more than one reason to celebrate. On 11th October 2016, it will host a colloquium in honour of the 75th birthday of Prof. Ingold Hertel, who is one of the most important initiators of IGAFA and a pioneer of the Technology Park Adlershof. Moreover, the IGAFA will celebrate its 20th birthday.
Start: 4pm, Location: Max-Born-Str. 2a
MOVING IMAGES ON PAPER
Start-Up Award for Inuru
Inuru, a start-up, has won the 2016 start-up award of the savings bank Berliner Sparkasse. The Adlershof-based company produces ultra-thin displays, which can be printed on paper to display moving images. They are used, for example, in advertisements and on packaging. The so-called OLEDs and their integrated battery are as thin and flexible as paper and can be produced in large quantities at little cost.