Institutes

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research

Polymers are an integral part of life. As the main constituents of plastics we encounter them in the home, in the automotive and aerospace industries and in medical and electrical engineering.

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE)

The mission of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) is to conduct experimental and clinical research in the field of nutrition and health. Scientists at the DIfE pursue these scientific goals by interdisciplinary cooperation comprising a broad spectrum of experimental, medical and epidemiological methods.

Therefore the researchers focus on three areas:

Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik GmbH

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is one of a kind on the German university landscape: It is the only institute offering a degree in IT Systems Engineering – a hands-on alternative to conventional computer science programs. HPI’s School of Design Thinking offers students from all branches of study an innovative, supplementary program in the creative development of particularly user-friendly products and services. Via its Internet-educational platform, openHPI, HPI offers anyone interested from anywhere in the world free, open online courses on information technology.

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics.

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

The institute was founded in 1992 as one of the first Max Planck Institutes in East Germany and soon became one of the leading research institutions worldwide.

Colloid and interface science deals with very small structures within the nano- and micrometer range. On the one hand this domain represents a “world of hidden dimensions”, on the other hand these tiny structures define the properties of materials and biosystems on the mesoscopic and macroscopic level.

Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie (MPI-MP)

Founded in 1994, the MPI for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm conducts basic research and has already made an international name for itself as a cutting-edge research institute in the field of metabolic processes in plants. The three directors Ralph Bock, Mark Stitt and Lothar Willmitzer currently head 25 working groups, led by junior researchers. Overall, the institute employs about 400 people.

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