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We Live Science.

Der Potsdam Science Park mit den Fraunhofer- und Max-Planck-Instituten im Vordergrund


to one of the most innovative locations for science in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region. At the Potsdam Science Park, top international research meets excellent education and research-related production. Research institutions such as the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes, the University of Potsdam, the Brandenburg State Archives and more than 30 companies and start-ups jointly create a “Campus of the Future” here in Potsdam-Golm.

More than 12,500 people conduct research, work and study here in the fields of biotechnology, medical technology, optics, geosciences, astrophysics and gravitational physics. And the number is constantly growing. All this in the countryside, embedded in Brandenburg’s diverse cultural and natural landscape – and only 30 minutes from Berlin’s city centre. This is the Potsdam Science Park.

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Tina Stavemann leitet das Gesundheitsmanagement des Potsdam Science Park © sevens+maltry

The potential of the Potsdam Science Park lies in the people who work there. To ensure that scientists, students and entrepreneurs do not burn out, the park, the university and its institutes are committed to their health. Tina Stavemann from the Potsdam Science Park and Adina Ludwig from the University of Potsdam explain which ailments occur more frequently during office and laboratory work, why sex- and gender-sensitive health is a must and what offers they would like to use to reach the park’s employees.

Das Team von Ordinary Seafood bei einer Verkostung ihrer Produkte. Von links: Fabian Machens, Tim Meier, Anton Pluschke © Anton Pluschke

The way we hunt our seafood and farm our fish is harmful to animals, their natural habitats and our health. Ordinary Seafood has set out to develop vegan alternatives, that feel and taste exactly like the original. In our interview, founder and CEO Dr. Anton Pluschke and Head of R&D Dr. Fabian Machens share their start-up story, why Potsdam Science Park is the perfect location them – and the peculiarities of creating the perfect fake shrimp.

Dr. Hannes Hinneburg forscht am Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung IAP ©Hannes Hinneburg

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam Science Park, Dr Hannes Hinneburg is developing sustainable materials from fungal mycelium. In future, his work could change the markets for leather, textiles and insulation materials.

Luftaufnahme des Potsdam Science Park ©Standortmanagement Golm GmbH/sevens+maltry

Cooperation is a driver of scientific and economic progress. This is nowhere as evident as in the innovation hubs of our time. The best example? Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg and a city of innovation transfer.

Jana Verbancic, Johanna Bsdok und Dr. Jenny Steele im Labor von Enverque GmbH

Enverque covers every step in the diagnostics process for its customers, from sampling to laboratory testing to evaluation. In this way, the company helps bring about improvements in cancer and HIV treatments, for instance. With the Enver app, Enverque is now seeking to provide a “pocket GP” and thus make a major contribution to improving overall health. In this interview, founder Joscha Hüdepohl speaks about his company’s business model and pioneering use of artificial intelligence.

Yann Niklas Klötzer, Freiwilligendienstleistender am Fraunhofer IZI-BB​_Standortmanagement Golm GmbH_Julia Hinz

You’ve just received your high school diploma – now what? While many young people go straight into further education after finishing school and others use the time to travel, some decide to take up volunteering. There is a wide range of options in this regard, the most well-known being the Voluntary Social Year. However, many don’t know that this is also an opportunity to get a taste of scientific research. Yann Niklas Klötzer is one of the people who have opted for a Voluntary Scientific Year (FJN) at Fraunhofer IZI-BB.

Andrey Poloznikov Mimi-Q

Animal testing continues to play a key role in the approval of new drugs. The startup Mimi-Q has developed a testing process that closes the gap between basic research and clinical studies. In future, it may also start to replace these tests and thus greatly reduce their use. In this interview, founder Dr. Andrey Poloznikov tells us about the idea behind Mimi-Q, how the company’s process could speed up drug development and how it benefits from Potsdam Science Park.

PSP Conference

Biotechnology is a key technology which can be used to feed the growing world population, save resources and improve the health of many millions of people. Bioeconomy entails the transition to a fossil-free economy. On 20 October 2022, renowned scientists and innovation drivers from business and startups gathered at this year’s PSP Conference at the Potsdam Science Park with the motto ”Biotechnology & bioeconomy – the obstacle course of the future” to discuss bioeconomy’s potential and success stories.

Das Team der kez.biosolutions GmbH im Potsdam Science Park (v.l.n.r.): Dr. Mirko Joppe, Dr. Alexander Rittner, Jan Degen

Antibiotic-resistant pathogens are becoming a serious concern. In 2019, more people died from infections with resistant pathogens than of HIV and malaria together. kez.biosolutions GmbH is a start-up that is working on a ground-breaking process for developing brand-new, optimised substances from natural ingredients, such as sugar beets, with substrates in a bioreactor. In our interview, kez.biosolutions founder Dr. Alexander Rittner tells us about the unique platform technology developed in a decade of basic research and about the young company’s plans for its future at Potsdam Science Park.

Darya Niakhaichyk, International Officer am Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik im Potsdam Science Park

From getting a visa to finding an English-speaking doctor, Darya Niakhaichyk helps international researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics with navigating their stay in Potsdam, Germany – and knows many of their challenges from experience.

As a material for use in science, glass has many advantages. As well as being resistant to heat, cold and most acids, it is also fireproof, easy to clean and transparent. These qualities make it absolutely essential in science, particularly for lab work where glass flasks and cylinders are indispensable. In teaching and research, glass equipment needs to be constantly reused, adapted and repaired. This is where Cliff Janiszewski comes in, as a glass apparatus maker at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces – one of the more unusual professions at Potsdam Science Park.

7,000 – 28,000 km/h. That’s the kind of incredible speeds satellites can travel at in space. They orbit the earth at distances of 100-23,000 km. Inch-perfect tracking of their positions is a gruelling challenge. One of the few companies in the world that are up to the task is DiGOS in Potsdam. In fact they’re so good at it they’re planning to put up their own building in the new Technology Campus at the Potsdam Science Park. Managing Director André Kloth tells us all about how they manage to track satellites down to the millimeter via Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) and how they plan to help reduce space debris (space junk).