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Adlershof Journal November/December 2019:

Working together, winning together: our strategy for success

High-strength printing: High-purity silicon carbide with 3D printers //  Science as a location factor: Interview with Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller //  Secret places: Time travelling through hidden places in...

From the Editor

Many future scenarios

‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ This wise quote is credited online to the economist Peter Ferdinand Drucker. It certainly resonated with the people coming together at the IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, which took place in Nantes, France, in late September. The global challenges of our time demand solutions. Worldwide, together, and soon. I was lucky to have been there to experience this spirit of optimism. As a member of the IASP network, the prospering Technology Park Adlershof is not sitting idly by.


WISTA, the site’s operating company, together with all the local stakeholders is now putting 2030 in its sights. The debate over a future strategy concept is on: how will the campus develop in the next ten years? Hotly debated issues include the site’s long-term goals, the relevance of the so-called Grand Challenges, and the use of the remaining space for growth. We welcome contributions from all people on and off the site. Dear Adlershof Journal readers, please feel free to write us and to share your ideas.

Adlershof’s role in Berlin as a hub for science and research is the main issue in our interview with Berlin’s governing mayor Michal Müller. We asked him what Berlin is doing to attract smart minds to Germany’s capital and to keep them here. We also talk about how to improve cooperation between the Berlin University Alliance and non-university research institutions in Berlin’s integrated research area.

As one of Berlin’s ‘Zukunftsorte’, the city’s places of future innovation, Adlershof is prepared for the champions league.

Sylvia Nitschke
Chief editor


Illustration: D. Mahnkopf © WISTA Management GmbH


Prepared for the champions league: Adlershof is ready to contribute to the Grand Challenges

Essay by Roland Sillmann, head of WISTA Management GmbH and WISTA.Plan GmbH:

Adlershof achieved the mission it once set for itself. The site’s numbers are excellent. In 2018, the growth rate of Adlershof-based companies was at twelve percent, twice as high as that of the Chinese economy. The German...

Carolin Poweleit © WISTA Management GmbH


Co-responsible for the ifp’s steep growth trajectory

In conversation with food chemist Carolin Poweleit:

She’s a food chemist with an appetite for travelling and visiting other countries. Her way of working is highly structured but never goes without using her imagination. She’s is an identical twin but is completely different...

2030 © WISTA Management GmbH


Mission 2030

How do we keep the Technology Park Adlershof on a road to success?:

Things are going smoothly in Adlershof. To make sure this continues, WISTA Management GmbH is thinking about ways to keep the site on a road to success – and to make it even better. It is seldom good to rest on one’s...

Michael Müller © Lena Giovanazzi


Science as a location factor

Michael Müller, Berlin’s governing mayor and senator for higher education and research, talked to us about recruiting new talent, how Berlin’s ‘Zukunftsorte’ bridge gaps, and how Adlershof is expanding its universities for future PE teachers:

Adlershof Journal: Mr. Governing Mayor, please gaze into your crystal ball: what will the Berlin as hub for science and research look like in 2030? It will certainly be more modern, more international, and more feminine. We...

Andrea Lübcke mittwochs beim „Forschungsstrejk“ in Adlershof © WISTA Management GmbH


The activist

Andrea Lübcke researches molecules and campaigns against climate change:

She strongly disagrees that the issues she deals with on a day-to-day basis are exceptionally hard to grasp. Take a femtosecond, for example. What’s hard to grasp about that? It’s not hard if you try to imagine that a light...

André Loest, Auricon Technische Dienste GmbH © WISTA Management GmbH


This house is a robot

Auricon Technische Dienste GmbH specialises in building automation:

The mission statement of Auricon Technische Dienste GmbH could be broken down as follows: if nobody receives a call from a guest staying at a hotel, the staff did a good job. Auricon specialises in building automation. In...

Tim Schröder © WISTA Management GmbH


Entangled quantums and perfect crystals

Two Adlershof-based researchers are being granted 1.5 million each by the European Research Council:

What Tim Schröder and his team are doing is essentially staging a relay race between light particles, which, upon reaching the finish line, transmit a message composed of different quantum states. These messages are known...

Allianz-Standortleiter Tobias Haasen © WISTA Management GmbH


All new at Allianz: From financial technologies to working from home

The insurance company’s new building is at the forefront of implementing new ideas for a modern working environment:

The moment finally arrived on 20 September: the new Allianz Campus in Berlin, which has been under construction near Adlershof’s S-Bahn station since 2016, saw its official opening. As early as May, months before the official...

Gründer PSC © WISTA Management GmbH


High-strength printing

A PSC start-up team is producing high-purity silicon carbide with 3D printers:

For a tenured professor to give up his position to start up a business, he must be extremely convinced of his idea. This is exactly what happened to Sigmund Greulich-Weber when he founded PSC Technologies GmbH in 2015. With...

Direktorenzimmer DDR-Fernsehen © WISTA Management GmbH


Secret places

Time travelling through the Egg Room, the magnificent director’s office, and other hidden places:

A neon-lit corridor, cold and long, leads up to the director’s office – decorated with all kinds of insignia of power. The R1 building with its rather austere exterior was once home to the television broadcaster of East...

Short News


Analysing a masterpiece

A spectrometer built by Adlershof-based company Bruker Nano is helping in the restoration of Rembrandt’s famous painting ‘The Night Watch’. It is being publicly analysed and restored as part of a research and restoration project at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. ‘The Night Watch’ is being analysed millimetre by millimetre using x-ray scanners. Overall, this will require 56 scans, which, due to the monumental size of the painting, each take 24 hours. The scans result in a chemical analysis of the colours that were used and offer insights into Rembrandt’s painting process. The analytical results contribute to the 26th restoration of the 17th century painting, which will revive its old splendour and help preserve it in the long term.



IKZ Winter School

From 9 to 13 December 2019, the Leibniz-Institute for Chrystal Growth (IKZ) is hosting the ‘International Lectures on Crystal Growth’ Winter School. The lectures will be given by Prof. Dr. Peter Rudolph, a renowned specialist on crystallisation processes and crystal growth technology (CTC), who worked at IKZ from 1994 to 2011. In addition to the lectures, the event aims to help the participants to gain insights into each other’s research fields. They will give short presentations on their current research projects and highlight current problems, challenges, and results of their work. Registration is open until 1 December 2019.



Adlershof Research Forum

The annual Adlershof Research Forum (‘Adlershofer Forschungsforum’) will take place on 11 November 2019. The conference is a platform for knowledge exchange and communication between scientists working in Adlershof. Lectures and poster presentations give insight into the highlights of Adlershof’s research activities. The Adlershof Research Forum is jointly hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, IGAFA e.V., and WISTA Management GmbH. Please send applications to by 7 November 2019.



Germany’s most successful lab

The winner of this year’s Falling Walls Lab Adlershof is Julius Upmeier zu Belzen from the Berlin Institute of Health of Charité – Universitätsmedizin. He impressed the jury with his presentation titled ‘Breaking the Wall of Black Boxes in Biomedical AI.’ He edged out 13 other presenters who showcased their forward-looking ideas in three-minute pitches. Second place went to Dr. Anna Katharina Pikos from Leibniz University Hannover, with ‘Breaking the Wall of Gender Gaps,’ and third to Benjamin Herzog from the Berlin-based start-up Solaga UG, with ‘Breaking the Wall of Sustainable Air Cleaning.’ By taking first place, Julius Upmeier zu Belzen will now go up against some 100 other winners from around the world in the Falling Walls Lab finale, which will be held in Berlin on 8 November.

The Falling Walls regional competition for North Germany was once again hosted by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutes Adlershof (IGAFA) on behalf of the Falling Walls Foundation. With some 30 presenters, Falling Walls Lab Adlershof was also the most successful Lab competition in Germany this year.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
WISTA Management GmbH
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