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Non-university research at Adlershof

3D-television, super effective solar cells, traffic free motorways, ultra-sharp Mars cameras, the brightest light for mega-microscopes, energy saving light from light diodes, pure silicon counted to the last atom... these are the kinds of things that we research here at Adlershof.

1,700 staff work in the ten non-university research organisations in the fields of light, materials and models: BAM (analytical chemistry, reference materials) // BTU (air chemistry) // DLR (planetary research, transportation systems) // FBH (high frequency technology) // Fraunhofer-Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme FOKUS (computer architecture, software engineering) // HZB (materials, energy) // IKZ (crystal growth) // ISAS (analytical sciences) // MBI (nonlinear optics, short pulse spectroscopy) // PTB (photon radiometry). Many of these organisations once formed part of the former East German Academy of Science.

Science Network IGAFA

IGAFA e.V. (Logo)

In 1992, the non-university research institutes formed the IGAFA (Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutes in Adlershof) regional network. It fosters cooperation amongst organisations and with universities and businesses, and generates synergies via scientific events, the joint welcoming of international guests, the running of the meeting centre and the distribution of literature.

Annually, 975 publications and 350 conference talks are funded by the 174 million Euro budget, of which 53 million are derived from third-parties. In addition, 400 patents have been registered, forming the basis of the more than 20 successful new companies to emerge from the IGAFA’s institutes. Every year, more than 1,200 guest scientists work at the IGAFA institutes, of which 150 long term (over a month).

Contact IGAFA

Ursula Westphal
IGAFA Science Office

+49 30 6392-3582
+49 30 6392-3584


Adlershof in brief
The Future is Bright. Welcome to Adlershof. Image brochure 2016
Analytic City 2015
Developers, users and suppliers – Analytical skills in Adlershof
28 Adlerhof Minds
What they research. What they are working on. Why they feel at home in Adlershof. Ed. WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH 2014
Research Highlights
Cooperations and highlights of the non-university research institutions in Adlershof. 2013
Non-University Research
Information on the network Adlershof, the focus of the research and the activities of the IGAFA e.V. November 2010