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Enhancing our strengths, developing a clear profile, becoming more visible: these are the objectives of our new research support program, with which the University of Potsdam seeks to better position itself in the national and international competition for outstanding scientists and funding. The new model anticipates the establishment of three lines of funding that are distinguished by specific forms of organization, funding instruments, and evaluation periods.
The University of Potsdam is networked externally just as it is internally. The University has scientific partners of global standing in the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the German Institute for Human Nutrition, and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, as well as the Helmholtz Association’s German Research Center for Geosciences. There are joint professorships and close cooperation with the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology, of Colloids and Interfaces, of Gravitational Physics, and many other research institutions. Last but not least, the University is also working with two important Fraunhofer Society institutes in the Golm Science Park, a research campus that is earning a reputation far beyond Germany’s borders.
Potsdam qualifies as one of the most densely populated research landscapes in Germany, with Brandenburg’s largest university and numerous extramural institutions. More than 8,000 scholars and scientists already work in Potsdam. Taking advantage of synergies is clearly important. The “pearls • Potsdam Research Network,” an association of research institutions that is unique in Germany, organizes the discourse on controversial topics and future fields of research, with a focus on bringing in the next generation of scientists. In order to work together to turn ideas into reality, pearls is being expanded as a platform for acquiring new research associations. At the same time, innovations from Potsdam’s laboratories will be transferred into practical applications, thereby strengthening the state’s economic strength.