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Adlershof Journal September/October 2021 :

Mobility, climate, health: It’s in our hands

Smart diagnostics: Revolutionising infrared lasers // River water and deep storage: Making energy supply greener // Robots in care: HU research project

From the Editor

Everything’s going smarter

Whether in business, science, or everyday life—digitisation and interconnectedness are increasingly ubiquitous. Addressing the question how we want to live and work in the future, many answers home in on that little word “smart”. Increasingly, buzzwords like smart city, smart work, smart home, etc., are thrown at us. But what are they about exactly? They describe how we can use the increasing interdependence of the physical and the digital world to our benefit. How we make cities more efficient, more technologically advanced, greener, and more socially inclusive. How can we make our lives easier. To do so requires technological, economic, and social innovation. Much of which is being worked on and investigated by scientists and entrepreneurs from Adlershof. We will introduce some of them in this issue.


There’s the start-up Quantune Technologies, for example. Its founders have developed a miniaturised quantum cascade laser that is used, among many other things, for early detection of diabetes. Then there’s a group of psychologists from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), who seek to turn machine people into approachable colleagues. The team of IFS Design develops new railway vehicles used all over the world and seeks to make public transportation more convenient to use. The current progress made by the Science City’s new mobility concept is an issue that probably all Adlershof’s employees, students, residents, and visitors are very interested in. And, straight from the horse’s mouth, we asked Stefan Schwunk to tell us about life in Future Living Berlin.

We are also trying to be smart about the changes here at Adlershof Journal. I will pass the torch to my colleague, Peggy Mory, and taking over responsibility for the entire corporate communication at WISTA Management GmbH.

Many thanks to all the loyal readers for 14 years of Adlershof Journal!

Sylvia Nitschke


Illustration Smart Home © D. Mahnkopf / WISTA Management GmbH


You're doing really great: How a digital voice helps me on my way

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

You can do this. It’s easy. Take your time. Haven’t you noticed how your stamina has improved? You could climb mountains. For four months now, I've been taking the stairs in our house as often as I could. On the third floor,...

Beate Mekiffer © WISTA Management GmbH


The minus sign represents something positive

In conversation with Beate Mekiffer, who coordinates innovation projects at WISTA Management GmbH:

To Beate Mekiffer, the minus sign represents something positive. For eleven years now, WISTA Management GmbH’s energy expert has been working on making the high-tech site Adlershof more energy efficient. She does so on the...

Meike Jipp © WISTA Management GmbH


The mobility thinker

Meike Jipp develops concepts for the traffic of the future in Adlershof:

The bus is right on time. Passengers embark. The bus gets them to their desired destination. Or at least to the nearest point of transfer. It goes without saying that green electricity powers the vehicle. It is also possible...

L. Becker mit Sensor © WISTA Management GmbH


Smart on the road

The Technology Park manages its sustainable growth with a mobility concept:

The technology campus is growing steadily. But so are the problems with traffic. Using a smart mobility concept, WISTA now plans to turn the wheel to help the site to grow sustainably for the benefit of its staff, residents,...

David Weiblein, BTB-Baustelle © WISTA Management GmbH


River water and deep storage

BTB is making energy supply greener:

As long as it works, we don't even notice it. The infrastructure of our cities is just there, under our feet and above our heads. Most of us simply take it for granted. Until it blacks out—then we notice. To prevent this from...

Martin Will und Marcel Linke, WISTA.Service © WISTA Management GmbH


Digital processes

A WISTA facilities manager shows us what the new world of work looks like:

WISTA.Service GmbH looks after around 100 buildings with a combined floor space of several 100,000 square metres, including the most cutting-edge science institutes and technology centres that feature sophisticated building...

Kim Klüber, HU, mit Robotern © WISTA Management GmbH


Digital support for caregivers

Psychologists are working on developing a care robot:

Jotting down tasks, weekly games night reminders, or switching on the lights when necessary: Robots could soon start to make the lives of nursing staff easier. But how would they have to be designed to be accepted? What kind...

IFS-Ingenieur Maxim Matros © WISTA Management GmbH


Designing trams and subways

What will the next generation look like?:

Whenever new tram or U-Bahn vehicles roll on the tracks, it is likely that IFS Design UG from Adlershof were involved in producing them. The same goes for J/JK, a new U-Bahn model series that will go into series production at...

Stefan Schwunk im Future-Living-Wohnen © WISTA Management GmbH


“I live in the future”: A glimpse into Future Living

Thanks to smart home technology, everything in Stefan Schwunk’s loft can be controlled using voice control and an app. Water damages, too, are now a thing of the past.:

Imagine yourself living alone. In spite of this, you wake up every morning to the smell of fresh coffee, the shutters open automatically, the oven is preheated ready for the croissants, and the speakers softly play your...

Quantune-Gründerteam © WISTA Management GmbH


Smart diagnostics

Quantune Technologies are revolutionising the use of infrared lasers:

The first few years of a start-up could hardly be more adventurous: Founded with an EXIST grant straight from Berlin’s Humboldt University (HU) in October 2019, Quantune Technologies GmbH moved into its labs at Adlershof’s...

M. Bickermann, IKZ © WISTA Management GmbH


Atoms enlarged 100 million times

Crystals from Adlershof made possible a world record for electron microscopy imaging:

This picture looks like a great work of art. Red and yellow dots shine from the darkness—arranged in strict fashion along horizontal and vertical lines—some only once, some of them twice. The picture was not, however, created...

News in brief

Live monitoring

As part of the activities related to mobility and smart cities in Adlershof, a continuous environmental and mobility monitoring procedure is being set up that collects measurement data on fine dust (PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and ozone (O3) and the current air quality (LQI) on the site. The collection of further data such as recording pedestrian flow at critical points in the development area is being planned. The resulting environmental data can already be viewed online in real-time. Selected environmental data will be displayed as “LiveData Adlershof” on the WISTA site and website to increase their visibility on location and all over Berlin.


200 years of Helmholtz

August 31, 2021 marked the 200th anniversary of Hermann von Helmholtz's birthday. For the anniversary, numerous activities of the Helmholtz Society are planned under the motto “200 years of Helmholtz - Inspired by challenges”. The “200 challenges” campaign connects Helmholtz's legacy to the great questions that science is still investigating today. Helmholtz is contributing to solving major and pressing challenges facing society, research, and the economy through top scientific achievements in six research areas: energy, the earth and the environment, health, information, matter as well as aerospace and transport.


Open Monument Day 2021

Open Monument Day is Germany’s largest cultural event and will take place on 12 September 2021. This year, too, the aviation monuments of Adlershof, the Johannisthal airfield and the Transfiguration Church in Arndtstrasse will be part of the programme, which will take place as a fully digital experience again this year in view of the ongoing pandemic.


#wissensstadtberlin2021 and Long Night 2022

The Technology Park Adlershof presented itself on the field day of #wissensstadtberlin2021 on 7 August 2021 in front of Rotes Rathaus, Berlin’s town hall. Experiments, hands-on activities, and quizzes by Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy, the Long Night of Sciences project team, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), theJoint Initiative of Non-University Affiliated Research Institutes in Adlershof e.V. (IGAFA), the GBSL Society for the Preservation of Historic Sites of German Aviation History, and WISTA Management GmbH let visitors learn more about Germany’s largest science park and piqued their curiosity for the Long Night of the Sciences on 2 July 2022.


Jugend forscht 2022 kicked off

Renowned German young science competition “Jugend Forscht” launed its most recent round of competitions headlines “Accidentally ingenious?”. Schoolchildren, apprentices and students up to 4-years-old can apply for showcasing their projects in the fields of work, biology, chemistry, geography and spatial sciences, mathematics, computer science, physics, and technology until 30 November 2021. Both individuals and teams of two or three are permitted.


Sustainable e-scooters in Adlershof

Since early August, the e-scooters of Spin have now been available to Berliners. A new location with around 120 e-scooters was opened in Adlershof. Fast and hassle-free, they can now be used to get from the S-Bahn train station to the Technology Park or to Adlershof’s old town. Thanks to a cooperation with the battery provider Swobbee, the e-scooters are operated sustainably.


Science Week celebrates science

The Berlin Science Week is a ten-day week of science events and invites you to an inspiring exchange of knowledge from November 1–10, 2021. Live panel discussions, virtual meetings, workshops, exhibitions, and performances showcase the latest breakthroughs, outstanding science projects, and smart minds around the world to spark a discussion on how science and innovation can contribute to society. The event is coordinated by the Falling Walls Foundation and will also feature the selection the winner of the Falling Walls Lab on 7 November 2021.


Poetry Slam Adlershof

Slam-fever in Adlershof: Poetry fans can listen to Germany’s best slam poets with Felix Römer at the P TWO restaurant on 22 September at 8pm. The rules for poetry slams are as simple as can be: only self-written texts, only five minutes, no costumes, no props. If it’s fun, anything goes: acting, performance, reading, talks, comedy, or pop. The audience will be the jury and decide who was the most entertaining.


Photonics Days Berlin Brandenburg 2021

From October 4 to 7, 2021, the Competence Network for Optical Technologies Berlin-Brandenburg (OpTecBB) invites you to join Photonics Day, an international innovation conference featuring with the latest findings from the fields of photonics, optics, microsystems technology and quantum technology. This time the event will be held in a hybrid format: two days will take place online and two more days will feature events at Adlershof Technology Park.

Editorial Staff

Peggy Mory
WISTA Management GmbH
Editorial Office

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