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Adlershof Journal May/June 2019:

Getting to the inside of things: The endless possibilities of analytical methods

Help for asthma patients: Diagnoses by lasers //  Light impulses for isotopes: Conclusive proof of product origin //  Smart forestry: About rangers and woodpile scanners //

From the Editor

Analytical forensics

Keen readers of the Adlershof Journal are well aware that the Science City Adlershof is growing and growing and growing. This is underscored by the results of our most recent annual survey, which will be presented at a press conference in Adlershof in late April. The site is now home to more than 1,100 companies and scientific institutions with more than 19,000 employees.


Adding to this are 6,700 students from the Humboldt-Universität’s natural science campus. There is more: Adlershof is not only a great place to work and do research, but also a great place to live. In addition to the 360 new single-family houses with a view of the landscaped park, the Living on Campus development project has also been growing rapidly in the past few years. A total of 2,300 living units have already been completed. The development of additional apartment building projects is well underway.

More and expanding companies lead to more and expanding construction activity. The cranes over the Adlershof development area never stop turning. They are set up by companies that have outgrown the subsidised technology and start-up centres and need their own buildings, by homebuilders, and commercial real estate developers. Most recently, Berlin and Brandenburg’s state laboratory LLBB merged three of its six Berlin-based facilities and moved 380 employees to a new branch in Adlershof. As an analytical sciences heavyweight, the LLBB is strengthening the analytical competencies of Adlershof in ways that are worthy of a cover story. The analytics cluster in Adlershof is now made up of over 100 companies and research institutes, all of which are esteemed specialists in their respective fields.

Growing in importance, the analytical sciences are a cross-over discipline permeating many different domains: from seeking out environmental toxins, to new materials, to the development of pharmaceuticals – novel analytical procedures and equipment are in high demand. This issue aims at helping our readers to catch a glimpse of the diversity of methods applied in Adlershof. If you are looking for analytical service providers or partners for cooperation, I highly recommend starting your search in Adlershof.

Sylvia Nitschke
Head of Adlershof Print


Illustration: Dorothee Mahnkopf


Digital Analytical Sciences: What makes them indispensable

Essay by Professor Ulrich Panne, president of the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, and speaker of the IGAFA Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutes in Adlershof.:

We live in a state of digitality. The term aims at describing a state of interconnectedness of “digital” and “analogue” reality, an interleaving with our lives that is spurring long-term changes in the relationship between...

Axel Gutzmer © WISTA Management GmbH


New head of the Centre for Biotechnology and the Environment

In conversation with Axel Gutzmer, WISTA Management GmbH:

As a business founder, Axel Gutzmer almost landed in Adlershof himself. His idea was to use drones for technical inspection of real estate. For his master’s thesis last year, the facility manager flew over the technology...

Zsuzsanna Heiner © WISTA Management GmbH


The Lightwave Researcher

Zsuzsanna Heiner, a physicist at the HU Graduate School SALSA, excites molecules by shooting them with lasers:

On some days, she stays until after midnight. She does so when she has been consumed by an idea, or a problem is stubbornly refusing to be solved. On days like these, she tells herself “No, not tomorrow – now!” This is one of...

LLBB-Direktor Norbert Buchholz © WISTA Management GmbH


The Health Profilers

Berlin and Brandenburg’s state laboratory, Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg (LLBB), is strengthening Adlershof’s analytics know-how with 380 additional employees:

Lab analysts often work in the background. The importance of their activities for the future of humanity, however, is becoming increasingly apparent in many areas of the economy. Whether you look at the environment, pharmacy,...

Mitarbeiter ACI © WISTA Management GmbH


Old Hands of the Analytical Sciences in Adlershof

Eurofins SOFIA and ACI Analytical Control Instruments show that tradition and innovation are by no means mutually exclusive:

Analytical sciences institutes and companies have a long tradition in Adlershof. Eurofins SOFIA and ACI Analytical Control Instruments have been active on the campus for 25 years and show that tradition and innovation are by...

Lars Dähne © WISTA Management GmbH


Master of Layers

Surflay Nanotec develops nanometre-thin coatings that serve as biosensors and contribute to keeping Berlin’s water clean:

At first glance, the labs at Surflay Nanotec look like just like any other lab: ventilation, centrifuges, pipettes, and microscopes. Then you stumble upon a shelf that looks like it might belong in a barber shop. There are...

Bernd Sumpf, FBH © WISTA Management GmbH


Non-Invasive Laser Cancer Diagnosis

Experts from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute use Raman spectroscopy to help asthma patients:

A common cold with a runny nose and a plaguing cough is usually over after a few days. For people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, however, they can be a warning sign. Is this just a harmless infection,...

Carlos Enrique Abad Andrade © WISTA Management GmbH


Light Nudges for Isotopes

BAM research provides conclusive proof of origin from strawberries to poison gas, which could soon put a stop to counterfeiters and war criminals:

After having been awarded his PhD, Carlos Enrique Abad Andrade did not see any reason to turn his back on the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Adlershof. Instead he decided to continue to make use...

LNdW Berlin Adlershof © WISTA Management GmbH


A Night of Discoveries

The Long Night of the Sciences is back on 15 June 2019:

Do you want to escape the bad air of the city? Why don’t you come to the Science City Adlershof on 15 June at 5pm and take part in the “smartest” night of the year? Come and take a deep breath. The young company Solaga for...

Tom Thiele, VINS © WISTA Management GmbH


Forest Rangers and Woodpile Scanners: About smart forestry

Adlershof start-up VINS 3D develops digital scanners for measurement and inventory:

“Long-term forestry is unthinkable if the timber supply from our forests is not calculated with sustainability in mind.” In his treatise on the taxation of the forests, the forest scientist Georg Ludwig Hartig coined the now...

Short News



On 12 June 2019 between 9am-2pm, the Technology Park will host the Ausbildungs-Allianz-Adlershof, a STEM job fair. Young people in grades 9-13 can get to know companies during a company tour, find out which jobs and apprenticeships they can apply for, and get an overview of typical tasks and workflows. Additionally, a recruitment and training fair enables young people to personally talk to the exhibiting companies. Organisers include the Aus- und Weiterbildungsnetzwerk Hochtechnologie of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute (FBH), a network for education and training in high-tech, in cooperation with the Forum Adlershof Association and WISTA Management GmbH.



T5 JobMesse Berlin Adlershof

Natural scientists, engineers, and computer scientists are invited to visit Rudower Chaussee 17 / Volmerstraße 2 on 18 June 2019. The annual T5 JobMesse, a job and career fair, provides employers with an opportunity to meet with preselected candidates in an exclusive setting. The employers at T5 include government authorities, regional SMEs as well as global players from biotechnology, pharmacology, IT, engineering, medical technology, and chemistry.



Adlershof Science Slam

On Friday, 7 June 2019, daring young scientists will take the stage at “Battle den Horst” and showcase their research in an entertaining way. Free drinks, snacks, and lots of fun will help you to work better and learn something new.

Location: Bunsen Hall, Rudower Chaussee 17, enter via Volmerstraße 2
Start: 6:30pm. Tickets: 8 euros via



Changing exhibitions at ZBUI

Renée König is currently showing his Berlin pictures at the Centre for Biotechnology and the Environment ZBUI, Volmerstraße 5-9. Visitors are welcome Mo-Fr between 6am-8pm until the end of June.



Opening of soup bar “cadadia”

The new restaurant on Rudower Chaussee 39 has six daily soups on offer, including the traditional “Grandmother’s vegetable soup” and the exotic “Asian green curry”, as well as vegan, vegetarian and organic soup options. The restaurant also offers various pasta and rice dishes, healthy salads, quiches, and desert like muffins, cookies, and scones. Everything on the menue can also be ordered for take-away.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-3pm



Fund raising appeal for restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration Adlershof

After 119 years, the steeple of Adlershof’s Church of the Transfiguration needs full restoration. The wall anchors are rusty, water is seeping into the brickwork through open joints, and the limestone facade of the church is crumbling. The church steeple is an important landmark of Adlershof, so we invite all citizens to come to celebrate the start of construction on 16 June at 2:30pm.

The charity goal for the comprehensive restoration of the listed building is 300,000 euros.
Please donate to: KVA-SÜD-Ost, IBAN: DE63 1005 0000 0190 6897 65, Reference: RT 101 – Kirchturm

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
WISTA Management GmbH
Director Adlershof Print

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