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Fearless Females

Much like the famous magazine “Emma”, this issue of Adlershof Journal is all about women: about successful entrepreneurs and bold researchers, about women, who balance their family and their career, about mentors and mentees and, of course, about women networks. Dear men, please don’t stop reading here because this is also about you. Gender equality matters to everyone, not just women. For that same reason, this issue of Journal is not just a women’s issue, but one for everybody.

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Despite the introduction of gender quota legislation and countless women’s promotion programmes, the fact remains that Germany’s women are grossly underrepresented in the start-up and tech scene as well as in science and research, especially in all types of senior management positions.

This is also the case in the Science City Adlershof as you can tell from the diagram in this issue. But things could be different. This issue presents 14 female role models from Adlershof and the Charlottenburg Innovation Centre CHIC. This is an issue of encouragement for girls and women to pursue a career in science and business.

There is still a lot to be done regarding the equality of women and men: many barriers and biases to overcome. We also need to improve childcare and distribute tasks more evenly in families. However, the women we portray in this issue show without a doubt that women have stood their ground magnificently in male-dominated fields and occupations.

Sylvia Nitschke
Head of Adlershof Print


Essay by Dilek Güngör, writer and a journalist from Berlin:

We call working mums, working mums – but are there any mums that don’t work? Procreation is hard work, so is pregnancy, not to mention giving birth. The moment they cross that off the list in the delivery room, it...

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In conversation with Mara Oßwald, physicist and co-organizer of the conference „I, Scientist“:

A passionate physicist, black belt martial artist and trainer, committed advocate of equal opportunities and a mother-to-be – Mara Oßwald is clearly full of girl power. It seems her day has more than 24 hours. The...

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Cover story

On role models and the guide to self-marketing:

There it is again that much maligned cliché! Even here in Adlershof. There are not enough women in STEM university courses, even less female professors in university departments and hardly any women among the...

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Successful female high-tech entrepreneurs in senior management positions:

Women in senior management positions in business and science continue to be in short supply. The same applies to Adlershof. But there are some notable exceptions, which we want to present in the following as examples...

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Jennifer Grabsch takes care of real estate in Adlershof

She remembers the surprised looks and confused inquiries from when she was still at university: “I had to explain again and again what I was studying.” Facility management – isn’t that just a euphemism for becoming a...

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A start-up is developing an off-grid refrigerator

32-year-old Julia Römer is the CEO of Coolar UG and one of the few female founders in the technology sector. Since 2012, she and her team have been developing refrigerators, which run without electricity, have no CO2...

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An Adlershof-based geographer takes a close look at the consequences of gentrification

Her research topic regularly makes the headlines. Ilse Helbrecht’s focus is on gentrification, a global process that also leads to heated debates and vocal protesting in Berlin. “We are talking about a process in which more...

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A story of growth of the ifp – the Institute for Product Quality

What is in the things that I use every day? In my food. In the water. Consumers are becoming increasingly sensitive to quality as EU food laws are becoming stricter. The ifp Institute for Product Quality in Adlershof, both a...

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Mentoring programmes bring together like-minded women and foster academic careers

One works as a mentor sparking the enthusiasm of girls for STEM subjects, while the other joined a tandem partnership with a renowned Swedish researcher, who shares her valuable experiences. They both represent a generation...

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The artist Lisa Premke turns space into sound

“There are sounds,” says Lisa Premke, “that are like frequencies stored deep in our subconscious.” The “thick, rocky river” is the sound of her own blood. She first heard it during a medical exam and made it the subject of...

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Short Cuts

Dissertation Award Adlershof

Searching for Information in all Dimensions

A young scientist from Spain, Raul Garcia Diez, was crowned the winner of the 2017 Dissertation Award Adlershof on 14th February 2018 for his presentation titled “Tough on the outside, soft on the inside? How to use x-rays to look inside of nanoparticles”. The runners-up included Dimitra Gkogkou and Astrid Rheinländer. Gkogkou’s presentation was on “Plasmonic nanostructures ‘shining’ new light on biosensing”, while Rheinländer spoke on “Big Text Analytics: Looking for a needle in a haystack.” Raul Garcia Diez received his PhD at the PTB Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt, Germany’s national metrology institute. The annual award with a prize money of 3,000 euros was set up by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Joint Initiative of Non-University Affiliated Research Institutes in Adlershof e.V. (IGAFA) and WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH.


Women’s Day Breakfast

How does Adlershof promote women?

The Ladies Network Adlershof will host a “Women’s Day Breakfast” at IBZ Adlershof on International Women’s Day on 8th March. This year’s event will kick off a new series called “Promoting Women in Adlershof”. It will feature executives from the Technology Park, who sketch out measures for promoting women in their company or institute and their results. Please register in advance via


Gründerwerkstatt Adlershof

Deadline for second round applications is 31st March 2018

Do you have a good idea, but not the nest egg to hatch it? Adlershof’s workshop for business founders, the Gründerwerkstatt, is offering fresh grants. Two to three founders per team receive 1,500 euros a month for one year. Additionally, teams can take part in workshops and coaching on issues of business founding and receive a free-of-charge workstation, including necessary infrastructure, at the co-working space of WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH. Eligible for the grants are technical and technology-oriented start-up teams that are geared towards sustainable economic success. Deadline for application is 31 March 2018. (in German)


Girls and Boys Day in Adlershof

On Planets, Mini Accelerators and Nitrogen Ice cream

The next Future Day for girls and boys from 5th to 10th grade is on 26th April. They can get to know apprenticeships and university courses in fields like technology, IT, trade and the natural sciences. The children can experience science first hand at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with an event on future traffic and planets. The Max-Born-Institute will host an event on laser research, quantum physics and nitrogen ice cream. And the Helmholtz-Centre Berlin’s programme includes workshops on solar cells and mini accelerators.



Accelerating Growth of Start-Ups

The A² Adlershof Accelerator is entering the third round. This year’s topic is “Smart Cities”. A² is looking for start-ups who work specifically on smart city issues, who work on the interface to those issues, or who provide auxiliary services. During the 5-month programme, the focus of the A²-Accelerator is on pilot projects created by the start-ups and our industrial partners. Simultaneously, they will work on relevant product, company and industry-specific issues in tailored subject blocks. Deadline for applications is 30th March 2018.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
Director Adlershof Print

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