The history of science in Berlin is full of the names of famous scholars like Humboldt, Einstein, Virchow, Koch, Meitner and Planck. Major national research organizations such as Fraunhofer, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association are represented in Berlin by various institutions and research sites. Berlin is known for its open research atmosphere: Researchers appreciate the many opportunities for cooperation between different institutions, disciplines, and between science and industry.
Universities, research organizations and businesses in Berlin work together in a tightly integrated network. The Adlershof City for Science, Business and Media (Stadt für Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Medien), the Campus Berlin-Buch and numerous further technology centers and business incubators in Berlin offer ideal conditions for developing new ideas and translating them into marketable products. Berlin also features future places which are attractive locations with significant potential space as well as research-based network structures that form a bridge between business and science.
The more than 70 non-university research institutions in Berlin, along with the universities, form an important basis for the economic development of the region.
- Life sciences,
- Clean technologies,
- Information and communications technology,
- Optical technologies,
- Materials science,
- Transportation and the environment,
- Humanities and social sciences.
In total, around 35,000 people work in R&D in the region.
(Source: Information from Berlin Partner, 2016)