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Adlershof Journal March/April 2020:

Technology for Future: Adlershof is working on concrete solutions

The ‘techlash’ as a momentum for change: Active technology design // Stopping health problems: Affordable vaccines, better diagnostics, personalized therapies // Berlin's forgotten dream factory: 100 years of movie...

From the Editor

Think globally, act globally

We see devastating bushfires like the ones in Australia, Amazonia, and Siberia that can hardly be contained and have catastrophic consequences for the earth’s climate. A virus outbreak in China could soon become pandemic. We see wars like the ones in Syria, Afghanistan, or Yemen continuing to this day, claiming many lives, destroying countries, causing hunger and misery, and driving people from their homes. Messages of doom and gloom are commonplace; none of these problems are contained by national borders.

Exercising restraint is one of few skills that Adlershof-based scientists and entrepreneurs are not very good at. Instead, they look for solutions to global challenges.


We will showcase some examples in this issue, including from material and energy research. Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for one boasts top-level research on efficient solar cells, a fact underscored by a hybrid solar cell reaching an efficiency of 29.1 percent. That’s a new world record!

Peak performance is also achieved in the field of health care. Adlershof-based companies are providing new, highly promising approaches in the battle against HIV and Ebola, multidrug-resistant bacteria, and for more targeted cancer therapy.

The company Tungsten Consulting is highlighting practical paths to a more sustainable and sensible resource use. It is developing procedures to make chemical processing of materials more economic as well as environmentally friendly.

These are but few examples showing that Adlershof is no place for doomsters. Our research and development teams are optimistic about the future. If everyone is conscious of the consequences of the climate crisis and other issues, and acts responsibly in their everyday life, we are convinced that a world worth living in will be possible for future generations.

Sylvia Nitschke
Chief editor


Illustration: Dorothee Mahnkopf © WISTA Management GmbH


The ‘techlash’ as a momentum for change: Fear and scepticism amidst digitalist infiltration and data abuse

Essay by Prof. Dr. Holger Rust, economic sociologist, pragmatist and publicist:

It became hard to miss at some point: dealing with the social ramifications of transformation processes, most of the bachelor’s and master’s theses that I supervised quasi-automatically started off their research efforts with...

Carola Hilbert © WISTA Management GmbH


In conversation with Carola Hilbert, who is working to create a DLR visitor centre in Adlershof

The head of the sites in the DLR Eastern region wants to make research more accessible to the public:

Flying across the Red Planet, driving a robotaxi, or travelling in high-tech trains. Carola Hilbert is fascinated by all these things. They are also simply parts of her everyday life. She became the head of the sites in the...

Julia Boike © Paolo Verzone/AWI


The frost expert

Julia Boike, professor at the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, explores the arctic underground:

The area is almost deserted. A small aeroplane carrying equipment, food, and clothes for almost three months is forced to land on mud and gravel. There is a single hut; when overcrowded, people sleep in tents. Except for...

Bernd Rech im BESSY-Kontrollraum © WISTA Management GmbH


Local answers to global challenges

Bernd Rech (HZB) and Ulrich Panne (BAM) about new ways towards a resource-saving energy supply and new materials:

We are entering a new decade – faced by climate change, a growing global population, and a maltreated environment, many look into the future with some trepidation. However, with researchers working on solutions, including in...

Labor Vaxxilon AG © WISTA Management GmbH


Targeting global public health scourges

Adlershof-based companies develop affordable vaccines, better diagnostics, and personalised therapies:

Health care is a global task. Adlershof-based companies are developing and providing important contributions to the battle against HIV and Ebola, multidrug-resistant bacteria, and for more targeted cancer therapy. Viruses...

BAM-Arbeitsgruppe um Franziska Emmerling © WISTA Management GmbH


Milled, not stirred

At the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) new successes for green chemistry are achieved with smart processes:

It’s hard not to think of medieval times when someone speaks of clattering mills. However, what Franziska Emmerling and her team practice is high-level chemistry. The head of the Structure Analysis division at the Federal...

Till Wolfram © WISTA Management GmbH


Fair resources

Tungsten Consulting is developing procedures for environmentally friendly chemical processing of raw materials – such as graphite, large amounts of which are used in batteries:

Storage batteries are in high demand: for cars and bikes used in electromobility as well as mobile electronics devices. The benefits for climate protection and health are heavily advertised but not many like to talk about the...

Andreas Wicht und Markus Krutzik © WISTA Management GmbH


Crime scenes and quantum technology

Why the time is right for establishing a network of quantum technologies in the Berlin-Brandenburg region:

A visit of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute (FBH) in Berlin-Adlershof conjures up images of a crime scene: people in white hazmat suits walk along the corridors, visitors must put blue covers over their shoes. Leave no trace is...


Berlin’s forgotten dream factory

The Johannisthaler Filmanstalten (Jofa) film studios were founded a hundred years ago:

The year 1920 began with some far-reaching changes for the German Empire. On 10 January, the Treaty of Versailles became effective. In Johannisthal and Adlershof, two then-rural communities on the south-eastern outskirts of...

Konstantin Livanov, Natalia Zamoshchik, ORELTECH © WISTA Management GmbH


Breakthrough process for metallic coatings

Adlershof start-up ORELTECH GmbH develops conductive inks and fluids:

ORELTECH GmbH, a young start-up, develops conductive inks and fluids, which can built into inkjet printers. The start-up has developed a procedure that also allows much finer metallisation techniques, for example, platinum on...

Short News


Women’s Day in Adlershof

The Ladies Network Adlershof (LaNA) is hosting a reception on International Women’s Day on 6 March 2020 at 1pm at IBZ Adlershof (Wilhelm-Ostwald-Str. 3– 5).



Residential project Hermann-Dorner-Allee

HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH, a public housing corporation, is building 505 flats, 108 student apartments, a nursery centre, and commercial properties on Karl-Ziegler-Strasse/Hermann-Dorner-Allee. The ground-breaking ceremony took place in late January 2020, completion is expected for autumn 2022.



Dissertation Award Adlershof 2019

On 12 February 2020, Hanna Drimalla won the Dissertation Award Adlershof. Her presentation ‘Reading minds for beginners (and computers): What our facial expressions tell us about empathy’ showed that mirroring facial expressions affects how we identify and empathise with other’s emotions. Moreover, her PhD thesis looked at the differences in facial expressions of people on the autistic spectrum and the potential of these findings for diagnostics and interventions. Her entertaining presentation won first prize. The two runners up were Carlos Abad Andrade, who does research on characterisation using spectroscopic isotope analysis, and Fabian Beran, who showcased his work on displacement processes in strained housing markets using Berlin as an example.



A new tram depot

Berlin’s public transportation company BVG is planning a new tram depot on the site of the former coal terminal at Adlergestell/Köpenicker Straße. In addition to sidetracking 60 ‘Flexity’ trams on the five-hectare site, BVG plans on investing 120 million euros there, creating 500 jobs. The company expects the first phase of construction to be completed in 2025. It is planned to take up operations three years later. Construction is scheduled to start in 2022. The BVG intends to use an energy mix of carbon-free sources for operation: geothermal energy, waste heat, and solar thermal energy. In addition, it plans to collect rainwater and use it for vehicle washing, watering green areas, and filling the extinguishing tanks – as well as for flushing toilets.



Mobile X-ray in Adlershof

Between 5 and 13 March 2020, a mobile X-ray with interactive experiments for children and teenagers will make a stop at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin’s (HZB) school lab. During this event, school children can conduct experiments on topics like x-rays, radiation, and radioactivity. Prior registration is required. On 12 March, the doors are open to visitors without registration between 3:30 and 5:30pm. The project titled ‘X-periments – Making the invisible visible’ was conceived by the German Röntgen Museum in Remscheid and the rem - Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums in Mannheim.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
WISTA Management GmbH
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