With three universities, four universities of applied sciences, five private universities and the oldest German film academy with an international reputation as well as the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences for Finance, the state of Brandenburg, together with the numerous non-university research institutions, has an efficient science and research structure. Together with Berlin, Brandenburg is one of the regions with the highest research density in Europe.
A total of up to 50,000 scientists work in the capital region, around 23,000 of them at universities, colleges and universities of applied sciences. The highly specialised science and research institutions are also available to regional and supraregional companies as transfer and cooperation partners. The exact list with locations of the research institutions can be found on the Brandenburg Navigator map under "Science".
Every large German research association is represented in the State of Brandenburg. A detailed overview of the Leibniz Association, Fraunhofer, Helmholtz and Max Planck Society institutes and their research focus points can be found on these sites from the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (MWFK).
These are joined by a whole host of other research institutes, such as the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies, the Sorbian Institute and the Einstein Forum.
The region is particularly renowned for its leading performance in the areas of life sciences, transport technology, natural and engineering sciences, software technology, microsystem and laser technology, and earth sciences. The universities and colleges of Brandenburg are also dedicated to intense research.
The University of Potsdam alone has some 50 joint appointments with research institutes in the field of natural sciences. With the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software System Technology, the University of Potsdam boasts an excellent centre for IT systems engineering that acts as a leading example nationwide of public-private-partnership.
Including Berlin, Brandenburg is one of Europe’s regions with the most research institutes, the most technical colleges and numerous technology and start-up centres.
The transfer of knowledge and technology is crucial in Brandenburg. It produces numerous advantages and mutual benefits, for both the economy and the scientific community. This strengthens the innovative capabilities of Brandenburg companies while also enabling universities and colleges, thanks to this contact to business, to further develop their research and teaching in a practice-oriented way and bring pioneering technologies quickly to the market.
There is a technology transfer office at every university in the State of Brandenburg. Each transfer office has direct access to the latest research results and information regarding which scientist is researching which topics. The cluster teams from the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB) establish the company’s innovation demand and provide contact details for the relevant university. This results in an extremely efficient, fast and requirement-oriented technology transfer. More information at www.innovatives-brandenburg.de
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