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Adlershof Journal July/August 2019:

New Freedom: How We Work

Pharma Parship: The Other Job Search //  Fluoride Innovation: Fire-Proof Cooperation Project //  PhoCatZo: New Ways in Wastewater Treatment //

From the Editor

The opportunities of the new world of work

Between graduation and retirement, we spend one third of our lifetime on the job. The world of work is changing. How do we want to work in the future? How will future generations view a successful work-life balance? Our ageing society and a pervasive lack of high-skilled labour require new models for working and new company cultures. Flexible time management, part-time jobs, and working-from-home are increasingly replacing rigid work hours. These new approaches are already commonplace in many companies and institutions. There are more stay-at-home fathers than ever before and many people reduce their professional commitments to nurse relatives, to go back to school, or to give their lives a new direction.


With work hours changing, so are workplaces: single, open-plan, or cubicle offices – work environments are changing according to the nature and the demands of tasks and teams. Concepts enabling good communication and cooperation between companies and employees are key to foster productivity and well-being. Workers are expecting their employers as well as policymakers to provide concrete solutions to major social challenges such as improving childcare and gender equality. Closing the gender pay gap is one of these challenges. Changing attitudes of employees towards their workplace is one of the issues tackled by optinoo, a start-up developing an online professional matchmaking platform that aims at bringing together job seekers with companies. If you are seeking a job in life sciences, why don’t you go ahead and try it out.

In issue on company culture, naturally, we also ask Adlershof-based entrepreneurs what drives them, which goals they are pursuing, and what they do to motivate their team. Read all about it in our cover story.

Sylvia Nitschke
Head of Adlershof Print


Illustration: Dorothee Mahnkopf © WISTA Management GmbH


Summertime at the office: When even the computers communicate in silence

Essay by Dilek Güngör, writer and journalist from Berlin:

Our office has two bathrooms. One of them has a shower, the other one even has a bathtub. I’ve never seen anybody bathing in it and have never bathed in it myself, which is a pity. I love taking baths. It’s not the water that...

Bild: optinoo


“Pharma Parship”

In conversation with Katrin Sirach, provider of the professional partner agency optinoo:

Freedom is the highest good for Katrin Sirach. This might be one reason why she gave up a high-paid job at a pharmaceutical company with a corporate university to jump in the deep end. There, she founded optinoo GmbH in 2017,...

Sven Bauer, mirai medialab © WISTA Management GmbH


Designing the future

Sven Bauer builds ‘experience models’ in Adlershof:

Two comfortable car seats, a steering wheel, a front window, brakes and an accelerator. Wheels are all that’s missing. This particular vehicle, however, won’t need them. Its route is purely virtual. What it does need is the...

Kurt Winter, IQ Wireless © WISTA Management GmbH


Create, not manage

What drives entrepreneurs in Adlershof:

The Adlershof campus is one of the most successful technology parks in the country. And for good reasons. The most important are its resourceful, courageous, highly motivated risk-taking entrepreneurs. We wanted to find out...

Lumitos © WISTA Management GmbH


Workplaces of the future

What will they look like in Adlershof?:

Companies like LUMITOS AG, Sicoya GmbH and kba Architekten und Ingenieure know that ensuring well-being at the workplace and creating spaces for creativity and teamwork are indispensable in today’s work environment. A key...

Erhard Kemnitz, Torsten Mehlhorn und Frank von Heyden im IGZ Adlershof © WISTA Management GmbH


Neighbourly cooperation and fluoride innovation

How a meeting at a cafeteria resulted in a project to improve fire safety:

Sometimes all you need to advance potentially life-saving innovations is a lateral thinker, two specialists, and a random meet-up at the cafeteria. A typical story from Adlershof. They had been working on various floors of...

Mitutoyo © WISTA Management GmbH


Japanese cherries and measurement technology

Japanese culture is everywhere at the Adlershof-based branch of the measurement technology company Mitutoyo:

‘Everything started with a calliper,’ says Ralph Streckfuß. The head of the Adlershof-based branch of the Japanese company Mitutoyo puts a curved, grey metallic tool on the table and starts turning on its screw. The tool is...

Olaf Krüger (FBH) © WISTA Management GmbH


From research into practice

Numerous spin-offs of FBH and BAM prove how cooperation is boosted in Adlershof:

Laser, proteins, plasma – every day a vast network of scientists works to advance research of new and improved products for the benefit of society. Cooperating with the private sector can prove essential for research to come...

Alexander Nützenadel, HU Berlin © WISTA Management GmbH


What will the future be like?

An economic historian from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is examining how economic decision-making is affected by expectations:

People who invest their money have concrete expectations: they want to save their money, prevent it from being spent, and expect returns within a certain timeframe. How these expectations affect economic decisions, for...

TruTraTec © WISTA Management GmbH


PhoCatZo, or the fourth step

TruTraTrec is breaking new ground in wastewater treatment:

Mohammed Mehrjouei always knew he wanted to start his own company. ‘I have many ideas,’ says the 41-year-old. Seeking to break new ground in wastewater treatment, Mehrjouei conceived and developed a new photoreactor, which he...

Short News

Fun with science

The annual smartest night attracts large crowds

Despite the hot temperatures, thousands of visitors visited the Adlershof campus on 15 June 2019. During the Long Night of the Sciences, scientific institutions open their doors for all ages for experimenting, exploring, and awe-inspiring experiences. The next edition will take place on Saturday, 6 June 2020.


Ideas with market potential

Falling Walls Lab Adlershof

On 27 September 2019, Adlershof will host the North German qualification round for the ‘Falling Walls Lab’ finale. The organisers aim at following up on last year’s success – in terms of applications as well as the number of candidates admitted to the finals. The event will take place at the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Hand in your application by 2 September 2019.


Experiments with light

Physics for breakfast

The next, easy-to-understand summer physics lecture will take place at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) on 17 July 2019. At BESSY, you are invited to join an expedition into the world of light after loading up on bagels, coffee and tea. The electron storage ring BESSY is one of the world’s brightest light sources. By showcasing simple experiments, the physicists of BESSY will demonstrate how they research light to better understand its properties. Suitable for families with children older than 12. Start: 10am. Please RSVP at:


Studying with natural sciences know-how

New BA programme at HU

Starting next winter semester, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) has created a new course of study in Adlershof: an eight-semester BA programme providing substantial and in-depth basic training in three subjects: computer science, mathematics, and physics. One of its kind in Germany, the course offers 30 seats for eager applicants with a broad range of interests. Application deadline is 15 July 2019.


Making plans with BESSY

New dual leadership at HZB

On 1 June 2019, the two professors Bernd Rech (r.) and Jan Lüning (l.) were named managing directors of the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy (HZB). Bernd Rech oversees the Department ‘Energy and Information’; Jan Lüning is responsible for the ‘Matter’ department. Rech has been the HZB’s acting scientific director since May 2017. Before he was head of the Silicon Photovoltaics Institute at HZB. Lüning was a professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris before coming to HZB in autumn 2018. The two directors will focus on advancing the development of BESSY II and plans for the next synchrotron BESSY III in Berlin.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
WISTA Management GmbH
Director Adlershof Print

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