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Adlershof Journal September/October 2020:

Staying in touch: networking in an era of social distancing

Regional and digital: Mixed Reality for Business // Healthy in Adlershof: From company relay race to reflection workshop // Leading the charge: Environmentally friendly corporate fleets //

From the Editor

All for one. One for all.

Somebody at the editorial meeting for this Adlershof Journal asked: ‘Can’t we just make a normal issue?’ But what counts as ‘normal’ these days? What she meant was: let’s not make an issue on the coronavirus pandemic and its ramifications for the companies and institutes of the Science City Adlershof and their staff. Instead: back to normal. Many employees yearn for normality even though the current crisis has not yet been averted and trying to keep it out of our reporting is doomed to fail. But we can at least try. In this issue we focus on alliances, networks, and cooperation.


‘Alone we are strong, together we are unbeatable,’ says an old proverb. Indeed, coming together and forging alliances can help to achieve things that cannot be achieved alone. These are not always love marriages but often marriages of convenience. However, purpose alliances create win-win situations for all involved.

Take the example of the Adlershof-based software developer X-Visual Technologies and HTW Berlin, Berlin’s University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics. Working together with other stakeholders, they are developing a concept for industrial mixed-reality applications under the ‘Innovation and structural transformation / WIR!’ funding scheme. The Health Network Adlershof, too, who stepped up in 2018 to make on-site health promotion more holistic, proactive, interdisciplinary and interconnected, is offering services and cooperation that individual companies might not be able to afford. Women can get advice and support from the Ladies Network Adlershof (LaNa), while users of personal light electric vehicles now have a nationwide interest group to talk to.

These are mere examples of the many networks that the high-technology site Adlershof has brought about. Whether Campus-Club, Forum Adlershof e.V., academic alliances, Technologiekreis Adlershof, or Dienstleistungsnetzwerk Adlershof — the area offers countless opportunities for networking.

Sylvia Nitschke


Illustration: Dorothee Mahnkopf © WISTA Management GmbH


Eight billion world powers and I: On the relationship of the community and the individual

Essay by Nora Lessing, science writer from Berlin:

We call him The Joker. Casually steering his frog-green sports car with one hand, he whizzes past our house every evening, circling the block. He controls his car as well as our destinies: when The Joker comes from the left,...

Sanela Schlößer © WISTA Management GmbH


In conversation with Sanela Schlößer

The event manager and networker at IGAFA is involved in the women's network LaNA:

Bumbar, which is Croatian for ‘bumblebee’, is Sanela Schlößer’s maiden name. She has Croatian roots because her parents came to Germany as guest workers in the 1970s. She was born and raised in Kassel. The non-German part of...

Lars Zemke mit E-Einrad © WISTA Management GmbH


IT and Electromobility

Lars Zemke solves IT problems and is an advocate for light electric vehicles:

It took a while until he was able to say: ‘I’m slowly becoming an Adlershoferian,’ he says. Just when he got used to saying it, the pandemic drove him out of his office at ‘Am Studio’ located in the former Solon factory. Lars...

Jenny Orantek mit Mixed-Reality-Brille © WISTA Management GmbH


Regional and digital

Adlershof-based IT company X-Visual is working with the HTW to create a concept for industrial mixed-reality applications:

Digitisation, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are revolutionising how industrial facilities are planned, built, and operated. The Adlershof-based software developer X-Visual Technologies has been a sought-after...

Tobias Breyer mit GreenPack-Wechselakku © WISTA Management GmbH


Paving the way for environmentally friendly corporate fleets

In Adlershof, companies leading the charge for electric vehicles have found pragmatic ways of dealing with the existing hurdles:

The number of registered electric vehicles is on the rise. In Adlershof, too, more and more electric vehicles are being added to company fleets. This raises the question whether expanding the charging infrastructure can keep...

© BAUER Elektroanlagen GmbH


Crisis? What Crisis?

Despite the bleak outlook of economic research institutes, there are companies that continue their path to growth – two examples from Adlershof:

These are difficult times for many companies. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, economic research institutes are foreseeing a wave of bankruptcies. Despite this bleak outlook, however, there are still many stories with a happy...



Webinars replacing face-to-face events

BAM gets creative in the wake of the coronavirus crisis:

Need is the mother of invention. The solution is often right in front of us. When the pandemic threw planning into disarray, the team of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) got pretty creative even...

Pilates © Tatyana Soares/Shutterstock


From company relay race to reflection workshop

Service offering from the Adlershof Health Network for the Science City’s employees:

Annika Huber-Lieske could not reveal to us whether any of the relay race’s colourful teams from last year would be standing on this year’s starting line. But on 3 September 2020, it is indeed ‘ready, set, go’ for the...

Gabrielle Thomas © WISTA Management GmbH


A point guard in the quantum world

The Scottish photonics specialist M Squared now has a facility in Adlershof:

M Squared has made a name for itself in the photonics industry as a provider of high-end lasers and instruments for use in quantum technology, biophotonics, and chemical sensing. The Glasgow-based company is now building an...

Short News


Open Heritage Day

The historic monuments of aviation in Adlershof and the former Johannisthal Airfield will part of the programme of this year’s Open Heritage Day on 13 September 2020. There will be guided tours of the Great Wind Tunnel, the tailspin wind tunnel, the sound-insulated engine test bed, and the Landscape Park Johannisthal/Adlershof. Additional items include Bahnbetriebswerk Schöneweide – Berlin and Brandenburg’s last fully preserved engine shed facility – and the Church of Transfiguration on Arndtstrasse in Adlershof. (in German)



‘Great minds, three minutes, one day’

Young researchers and young professionals will step up at this year’s Falling Walls Lab at Richard-Willstätter-Strasse 11 on 2 October 2020. In just three minutes, participants showcase their research projects, ideas, and initiatives that come from many different disciplines.

Applications are welcome until 6 September 2020 via


Adlershof Founder's Lab

New application round now open

Do you have a great idea but no financial backup? Funded by the economic department of Berlin’s senate and the European Social Fund (ESF), Adlershof Founder's Lab is giving out fresh grants. Ten potential founders can receive 2,000 euros/month in two rounds for one year. In addition, they can attend workshops, receive coaching, and a complimentary desk at the co-working space of WISTA Management GmbH. The programme funds team-based technical and technology-oriented start-ups.



More details on the infection and immunity of Adlershof’s staff

The Science City Adlershof is planning a COVID-19 testing series this autumn. Even without symptoms, all employees of on-site companies and institutions are to be tested over the course of eight weeks. Employees can thus gain certainty about their health, companies can better plan the use of human resources, and hotspots can be avoided. Companies that want to take part in the initiative and are prepared to take over costs can get more information via:
Dr. Peter Strunk, Phone: +49 30 6392-2225;



Adlershof Theatre and Kino Casablanca

The Adlershof Theatre has been an open-air theatre since June. Ranging from open-air classical concerts, to chansons and flamenco, and shrovetide comedies (‘Die wahren Lügen des Till Eulenspiegel’, ‘Schwester Cordula’), the autumn will bring a colourful programme. It will also feature the new series ‘Kultur mit SüdOstWind – Künstler aus Treptow/Köpenick’, promoting local artists. Adlershof’s movie buffs have reason to be relieved. Kino Casablanca on Friedenstr. 12/13 reopened on 2 July 2020.



BTB turns 30

BTB Berlin, a local energy provider, will turn 30 on 11 September. While the big party has been postponed to next year, the regional energy provider for the area announced that it will plant 30 trees in Adlershof. In addition to the Science and Technology Park, the ‘Energiezentrale’ in Adlershof supplies flats from Schöneweide to Treptow with heat and electricity.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
WISTA Management GmbH
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