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The park is home to the Max Planck Institutes and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft as well as the largest University of Potsdam campus. Together they make Potsdam-Golm an excellent location for research in the fields of life sciences, chemistry, physics, polymer research and analytics. This concentration of world-class scientific institutions, state-of-the-art research infrastructure and an inspiring campus life in a compact and pedestrian-friendly location makes Potsdam Science Park an attractive destination for scientists from all over the world.

Fraunhofer Campus

Two institutes from the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft have settled in the Potsdam Science Park: The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Sciences (IAP) and the Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses (IZI-BB) division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology. In cooperation with industry leaders, both institutes are developing innovative solutions on the cutting edge between medicine and bio- and material-sciences, from bio-based packaging to lightweight construction materials.




Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP

We make polymers fit for the future – efficient, intelligent and sustainable! We develop bio-based packaging, materials for lightweight construction, fluorescent materials for displays, artificial corneas and much more.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Zelltherapie und Immunologie, Institutsteil Bioanalytik & Bioprozesse IZI-BB

Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Branch Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses IZI-BB

The Fraunhofer IZI-BB focuses its research activities on innovative solutions in the fields of food and environmental analysis, diagnostics, drug development and process engineering.

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Max Planck Campus

The Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) form the Max Planck Campus in the Potsdam Science Park.

From the microcosm to outer space – that could be the motto of the three institutes. From basic research with microalgae and the development of sugar-based vaccines and intelligent biomaterials to the discovery of gravitational waves – the renowned Max Planck Institutes have made Potsdam-Golm world-renowned.

Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung im Potsdam Science Park

Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces

The world of hidden dimensions: Research is focused on the investigation and control of very small and thin structures in the nanometer and micrometer range. These tiny structures determine the properties of materials and bio-systems.

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Potsdam Science Park - Eingang des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gravitationsphysik - Albert-Einstein-Insitut

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, with its locations in Potsdam and Hannover, is the world’s largest research institute on general relativity and other related topics.

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Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

As part of a holistic approach, scientists at the MPI-MP are concerned with understanding the interactions of the processes taking place in plants. The goal is to understand plant growth and make predictions about their behavior.

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University of Potsdam

The University of Potsdam is Brandenburg’s largest university with over 20,000 students and seven departments. It is also the only institution in the state that trains teachers. Research is focused on Earth and Environmental Sciences, Evolutionary and Systems Biology, Cognitive Sciences and Data Sciences. The University is closely networked with the non-university research institutions in Potsdam and the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Its consistent strategy to network within the region has developed Potsdam into an attractive location for young scientific researchers from Germany and abroad. The University created

Potsdam Transfer, a centre for start-up and innovation and the exchange of knowledge and technology. The centre supports scientists in translating innovative solutions developed from research into practice.

Studierende vor Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Potsdam im Potsdam Science Park

Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences is split between Golm and the Neuen Palais and is divided into the structural units Cognitive Sciences and Educational Sciences. The focus of Department research is the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Cluster (SFB) “The Limits of Variability in Language”.

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Das goldene Gebäude der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Potsdam

Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences unites eight institutes and the Botanical Garden. At present, more than 5,000 students are participating in 20 master’s and 14 bachelor’s degree programmes. The department is research-driven and maintains a strong network within the scientific community.

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Brandenburg State Archives

The Brandenburg State Archive maintains the history of the State of Brandenburg. Interested parties can research archival materials online and view materials in the reading room. An extensive reference library is also available to visitors.

Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv im Potsdam Science Park

Brandenburg Main State Archive

The Brandenburg Main State Archive is the central archive of the federal state Brandenburg. The collection comprises more than 52,000 linear metres of archival material from the 12th century to the present day.

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