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Over 11.000 Scientists and Experts: The Research Network of Adlershof

Six of the Humboldt University’s scientific institutes and ten internationally renowned non-university research organisations form the unique Science Campus Adlershof, which accommodates over 11,000 scientists, research associates and students.

The six Humboldt University Institutes at Adlershof

The Humboldt University’s mathematics and science campus at Adlershof hosts the Institutes for Chemistry, Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, and their 8,000 students and 1,000 staff. Here, it’s all about research. Library, computer and multimedia services are located in the Erwin Schrödinger Centre. Information about services, studies, leisure, job and internship opportunities as well as canteen menus, can be found on the "Services for Students".

Ten non-university research organisations

1,600 staff work in the ten non-university research organisations in the fields of light, materials and models: BAM (analytical chemistry, reference materials) // BTU (air chemistry) // DLR (planetary research, transportation systems) // FBH (high frequency technology) // Fraunhofer-Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme FOKUS (computer architecture, software engineering) // HZB (materials, energy) // IKZ (crystal growth) // ISAS (analytical sciences) // MBI (nonlinear optics, short pulse spectroscopy) // PTB (photon radiometry).

Many of these organisations once formed part of the former East German Academy of Science. Today, they all form part of the umbrella organisation ‘Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutes in Adlershof’, IGAFA.

Adlershof's key research areas: light, materials and models

  • Optical sciences and microsystem technology: light matter interaction // laser research and technology // synchrotron radiation // UV and x-ray technology // optical technology in transport and aerospace // microelectronics and optics // photonics and optoelectronics
  • Material science: materials for optics, photovoltaics, magnetic storage // molecular materials // nanomaterials // semiconductors and semiconductor materials // crystal growth // chemical analytics and catalysis
  • Mathematics, computer science and applications: applied analysis // analytical and geometric structures // software technology, simulation // virtual reality, brain-computer interfaces // financial mathematics


Ursula Westphal
IGAFA Science Office

+49 30 6392-3582
+49 30 6392-3584

Petra Franz
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Assistant to the Vice President for Research regarding Campus Adlershof

+49 30 2093-1437
+49 30 2093-5479

Ljiljana Nikolic
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
PR Consultant Science Communication

+49 30 2093-2090
+49 30 2093-2107


Poster Adlershof Map
Adlershof development area with major facilities
Adlershof Map English
Coloured map of the Adlershof development zone with infrastructure, transport connections and a directory of important facilities.
Poster Adlershof Map
Adlershof development area with major facilities
Adlershof Special 46
INAM – An alliance for new materials. Sep. 2016
HU Venture Service
Offers for entrepreneurs, establishing projects and spin-offs of the HU and for investors and partners of the private and public sector
Adlershof in brief
The Future is Bright. Welcome to Adlershof. Image brochure 2016
Adlershof in brief
The Future is Bright. Welcome to Adlershof. Image brochure 2016
Analytic City 2015
Developers, users and suppliers – Analytical skills in Adlershof
28 Adlerhof Minds
What they research. What they are working on. Why they feel at home in Adlershof. Ed. WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH 2014
Research Highlights
Cooperations and highlights of the non-university research institutions in Adlershof. 2013
Non-University Research
Information on the network Adlershof, the focus of the research and the activities of the IGAFA e.V. November 2010
SALSA School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof
Flyer with main information about the new Graduate School at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Campus Adlershof
The Humboldt University’s mathematics and science campus. 2011