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Science and research

Berlin offers the most tightly woven network of university and non-university research institutions in all of Germany - an excellent basis for interdisciplinary work and cooperation with industry.

More than 70 non-university research institutions, among them: 15 Institutes, two field offices and one branch office of the Leibniz Association 2 Research centers of the Helmholtz Association 5 Institutes, a research center and the archives of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 10 Institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 4 Universities, Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Universities of excellence in alliance 4 Colleges or institutes of art 5 Universities of applied sciences More than 200,000 students of which 52% are women About 30 private universities

Four universities and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, five universities of applied sciences, four arts academies and more than 30 state-recognized private universities make Berlin one of the largest hubs for the sciences in Europe. For international top researchers Berlin's colleges are among the most attractive research locations in Germany. The "Berlin University Alliance" of Freie Universität, Technische Universität and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin has been recognized as an Excellence Alliance.  Furthermore, more than 70 non-university research institutions are also active in the fields of basic and applied research. Among them are:

Warum Berlin?

„This is what makes Berlin so unique for me as an entrepreneur: I can find scientific expertise here for every question.“

Prof. Christine Lang, Founder of the Organobalance GmbH and professor at the Technische Universität Berlin

About 250,000 people from around the world teach, research, work and study here. 23 percent of all students come from abroad, most of them from China, India and Turkey. Many cooperative programs link Berlin’s institutes of higher education with partner institutes around the world.

Scientific know-how and qualified professionals are important to securing the private sector's innovative capacity and competitiveness as well as Berlin's attractiveness as a center of business.

(Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office, 2022)

Berlin has numerous modern Technology Centers and so called Zukunftsorte - Sites of the future - with tremendous development potential. Their science-oriented infrastructure makes them attractive locations for young, technology-oriented companies.

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Berlin's scientific landscape

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