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Adlershof Journal September/October 2019:

Traffic status update: How to get to where we want to go

More buses and trains: BVG plans for Adlershof //  Excess electricity for electric mobility: Strategies for more sustainable mobility //  Enthusiastic about racing: Heinrich Follmann and his motorbikes // ...

From the Editor

Commuting stress

Every day, my desk neighbour commutes for two hours to our office in Adlershof. Every evening, he commutes back for two hours to his home in the suburbs of Cottbus. To get to work, he uses his bike, a regional train, and the S-Bahn. He walks the last bit. My colleague wouldn’t save any time by taking the car, he says. Instead, he uses the 60-minute train ride to respond to e-mails, to read, or to get some sleep. Wow, I say in my head, it takes me 12 minutes to get to work on my bike. I would take just as long if I took the train or the car. Even if I walked to my office, it would probably only take me 45 minutes.

I am aware that such a short commute to the Science City Adlershof is not the norm. Also, despite his 4-hour commute, my colleague seems quite content. He doesn’t get worked up about late trains and, more generally, seems to have a high frustration threshold.


Many other staff and students, however, who start early in the day with late, crowded buses and trains, congested streets, and a frustrating parking situation, are not as calm and collected. Against the backdrop of an ever-growing Adlershof with more companies, more employees, and more traffic, we have dedicate this Journal to mobility issues. Adlershof is currently working on a new mobility concept. Read our cover story to find out who is taking on that task and which ideas are being discussed. We also provide you with info on the plans for new streets and bridges in the northern part of the Adlershof development area and the plans of Berlin’s main public transport company, BVG.

Keeping climate change in mind, we hope that this edition will help you scrutinise your own mobility behaviour. Who knows, instead of flying, you might opt for a train for your next business trip.

Sylvia Nitschke
Chief editor


Illustration: D. Mahnkopf


Urban motion sickness

Nowadays, everything is electric – e-cars, e-mopeds, e-scooters, e-cigarettes, e-motion. Essay by Matthias Gerschwitz:

‘Stay mobile with Mobilat’ was the slogan of a 1990s commercial for an ointment providing relaxation and relief for painful muscles and joints after exercising. This worked because, during the last century, there was a close...

Christine Eisenmann, DLR © WISTA Management GmbH


In conversation with Christine Eisenmann

The transport researcher is heading the ‘Transforming Automobility’ group at the DLR:

The average German is on the road for 80 minutes a day. Transport researcher Christine Eisenmann takes her bike to work, which takes her to and around the Technology Park Adlershof without having to deal with traffic. Living...

Heinrich Follmann


The entrepreneurial scientist

Heinrich Follmann is an avid cyclist:

The first few kilometres of his way to work take Heinrich Follmann through the depths of the forest. He has been cycling down this track almost every day for many years. The bike path ‘Euroroute R1’ connects Calais with St....

Lukas Becker, Peter Wagner © WISTA Management GmbH


It’s all in the mix

Neighbourhood parking, bike parking, mobility hubs – ideas for a new mobility concept in Adlershof:

The Technology Park Adlershof is growing and continues its success. On the flipside, however, the local transportation infrastructure is under pressure. Congestion, lack of parking, and public transport that is groaning under...

Frank Wittwer © WISTA Management GmbH


Two new pedestrian and bike bridges

Infrastructure measures in the north of the Adlershof development area:

New infrastructure measures in the north of the development area in Adlershof are going forward. Public transport is being expanded, including a tram line by 2021. Two new streets, Wagner-Régeny-Allee and...

Rainer Paul © BVG


More buses, more trains

What is the BVG planning in the Science City Adlershof?:

Buses and trams to Adlershof are often overcrowded, particularly during commuting hours in the mornings and afternoons on weekdays. And the Science City keeps on growing. How will future employees commute, students get to...

BTB-Ladesäule © WISTA Management GmbH


Excess electricity for electric mobility

In the FlexNet4E-Mobility research project, strategies for more sustainable mobility are developed:

When the power grid works at full capacity, electricity from renewable energy sources is cut back. In the FlexNet4E-Mobility project, a consortium of the Berlin-based energy provider BTB is developing strategies to better use...

Johann Gocht, Elias Kerlinski © WISTA Management GmbH


Riding the waves low-noise and emissions-free – a perfect day out on the water

Start-up Greenboatsolutions helps boat owners convert to electric engines:

Electric cars, bikes and scooters: out on the streets, the electrification of transportation is well underway. But how about on the water? Germany has more than 500,000 boats on inland waters and in coastal areas. Most of...

Dirk Germandi, Brain Box Berlin © Profi Partner AG


Environmentally friendly mobility for a booming neighbourhood

Electric engines and shuttle services aim to take the pressure off local traffic:

‘Mobility is changing the way we work and the offices we work in,’ says Dirk Germandi. As the managing director of the real estate company Projektgesellschaft Gartenstadt Adlershof, Brain Box Berlin (BBB) is much more to him...

Norman Pieniak, RLI © WISTA Management GmbH


Batteries vs. fuel cells

The Reiner Lemoine Institute compiled an overview of the advantages and disadvantages:

Over the past few years, traffic and transportation are Germany’s only sectors where greenhouse gas emissions are increasing. Switching to electric cars is an important countermeasure to this trend. There are currently two...

Patrick Stüwe auf seinem E-Scooter am Forum Adlershof © WISTA Management GmbH


Electric scooters are a rare sight in Adlershof

We look at why:

Electric scooters were officially made legal in Germany in June 2019. Since then, they have become all the rage but also the subject of much heated debate. They quickly became an everyday part of life in the city centre but...

Short News

Overcoming borders

Berlin University Alliance

The Berlin University Alliance, which is made up of Free University Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technical University Berlin, and Charité, has successfully applied to the German federal and state government’s Excellence Strategy. As of 1 November 2019, the Alliance will receive up to 196 million euros for an initial period of seven years. Berlin’s government will supply an additional 6 million euros via Einstein Foundation Berlin to support top-level teaching and research projects.


Exposing secret ink

Archaeology at BESSY II

Researchers of the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, Berlin’s universities, and Helmholtz-Centre Berlin (HZB) have been examining a small piece of papyrus, which was excavated 100 years ago on Elephantine, an island on the Nile. The researchers used the non-destructive methods available at BESSY II because the papyrus was folded several times and was at risk of deteriorating. This undertaking is seen as ground-breaking for future analyses on Berlin’s papyrus collection.


Presenting ideas

‘Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day’

Young researchers and professionals will step up at this year’s Falling Walls Lab in Richard-Willstätter-Strasse 11 on 27 September 2019. Participants present their research projects, ideas, and initiatives from a range of disciplines in just three minutes. The winners of the 60 preliminary competitions worldwide will meet at the finals in Berlin on 8 November to become the ‘Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year.’ The three best ideas receive a prize.


Seeing sights

Heritage Day

The historic monuments of aviation in Adlershof and the airfield in Johannisthal will be one of this year’s Heritage Day sights, also known as Day of the Open Monument. There will be guided tours of the Great Wind Tunnel (from the outside), the tailspin wind tunnel, the sound-insulated engine test bed, and the Landscaped Park Johannisthal/Adlershof. Additional items include Bahnbetriebswerk Schöneweide – Berlin and Brandenburg’s last fully preserved engine shed facility – and the Church of Transfiguration in Adlershof’s Arndtstrasse. See all other open monuments at:


Educating and entertaining

Poetry Slam and Science Slam Adlershof

Slam-fever in Adlershof: poetry fans can listen to Germany’s best slam poets with Felix Römer at Kulturzentrum Alte Schule Adlershof on 12 September at 8pm. On 30 October at 8:30pm, daring young scientists will present their research in educating and entertaining ways at ‘Battle den Horst’ on the Bunsen Hall stage in Volmerstrasse 2. The audience will be the jury and decide who was the most entertaining. It is recommended to buy pre-sale tickets.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
WISTA Management GmbH
Director Adlershof Print

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