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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 than70non-university research institutions,among them:15Institutes, two field officesand one branch office of theLeibniz Association2Research centers of theHelmholtz Association5Institutes, a research centerand the archives of theMax-Planck-Gesellschaft10Institutions of theFraunhofer-Gesellschaft4Universities, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin,Universities of excellence in alliance4Colleges or institutes of art5Universities of applied sciencesMore than202,000studentsof which51.5%are women25private universities

Four universities and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, five universities of applied sciences, four arts academies and 25  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

Approximately 250,000 people from around the world teach, research, work and study here. More than 21 percent of all students come from abroad, most of them from China, Russia and the USA. 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, 2020)

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

Click on the icons in our interactive map to obtain further information on Berlin's Scientific Landscape, sites and infrastructural services - in 2D and 3D.

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