The Potsdam Science Park – a research location that pulses with life
In the eyes of Prof. Peter Fratzl, the Potsdam Science Park is an excellent location for what Charlett Wenig researches: “Science today benefits from the concentration of highly specialised people in one place. That’s what we have here at the Potsdam Science Park, because it is very international due to its direct proximity to Berlin and Brandenburg, and we can work very well here on an interdisciplinary basis,” says the Director of the Department of Biomaterials at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. “A research location must pulsate: It needs basic research, applied research, company start-ups – and all at one location. Potsdam-Golm has that, and that’s really great,” continues Prof. Peter Fratzl.
Charlett Wenig has also benefited from this atmosphere. In 2021, after about four years of research, she wants to complete her doctoral thesis on tree bark. She already has some plans for her future: “I would like to go into teaching and combine the research areas of materials research and design. I still see potential here, because designers should understand what the material they are shaping is made of. And I would like to use tree bark as a material for architecture, for example on house facades.” Whatever the future of her career, nobody can take away her past successes and the courage to explore new paths.