News from Potsdam Transfer

November 13th Potsdam Science Park Conference

View of the online conference, Gerald Meyer (left), Agnes von Matuschka (top right), Sascha Thormann (bottom right)
Photo: Nico Fischbein

Previously known as Hightech Transfer Tag the PSP Conference, the largest conference for cooperation and research innovations of the Potsdam Science Park (PSP), took place this year due to the restrictions during the corona pandemic. At this event presented by Potsdam Transfer and Location Management Golm GmbH, scientists reported on their current findings from science and research at the Potsdam Science Park.

Cooperating companies, business development agencies and local startups presented new technologies, products and services as well as innovative solutions for the future. The focus of the event was the dialogue between science and business via online network rooms or chats. Potsdam Transfer presented itself with a field report from the patent area, the presentation of the Joint Labs and the moderation of the Pitch Award.


Link to event page (german):

October 19-21th „analytica“ 2020

View of the virtual booth - posters of the exhibitors, roll-ups and virtual booth support from an avatar
Photo: Ute Rzeha

The leading international trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology analytica took place this year for the first time in a purely virtual manner. 268 exhibitors from 24 countries presented their innovative products.
Two scientists from the University of Potsdam, the biochemist Stephanie Schlappa and the immunologist Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack were there.


Stephanie Schlappa presented the performance center for fiber optic spectroscopy innoFSPEC, which is part of the Physical Chemistry department - an important cooperation partner in the “Innovative University” ( project in the development of joint labs.


Prof. Hanack, endowed professorship for immune technology, explained the innovative selection technology for antibody-producing cells selma to trade fair visitors via text, audio or video chat. This method makes it possible to identify specific cells in a very short time and at the same time to characterize the corresponding antibodies.

The trade fair appearances were supported by the Potsdam Transfer trade fair service.
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The next analytica will take place from June 21 to 24, 2022 as a presence fair in Munich.

Here you will find more information (german).


September 9th Velten sets the course for knowledge transfer - University of Potsdam and TH Brandenburg open new presence point "Science Station" in the old train station

Velten station at the ceremonial opening of the presence office
Photo: Ernst Kaczynski

On September 9th, 2020, in the presence of Brandenburg's Minister of Science, Dr. Manja Schüle the new “Science Station” presence at the University of Potsdam and the Technical University of Brandenburg in the Velten / Oberhavel train station.

For students interested in studying in the Oranienburg, Hennigsdorf and Velten area, two location managers will offer advice on studying in the state of Brandenburg in the future. University graduates can find out about career prospects in their home region. The station is also the point of contact for education-oriented citizens and companies in the Oberhavel region for all questions relating to the transfer of knowledge from universities to business and society.

The cities of Oranienburg, Hennigsdorf and Velten have formed the regional growth core of Oranienburg-Hennigsdorf-Velten (RWK O-H-V) since the end of 2005, which primarily focuses on strengthening the local key sectors of life sciences, logistics, metal and rail technology. There are already four other presence locations in the regional growth centers of Luckenwalde, Spremberg, Prignitz, Neuruppin, Schwedt and Westlausitz.


more information here(german)

Potsdam Transfer on the road to international success through "EXIST potentiale"

Sascha Thormann and Johannes Zier at the ceremonial handover of the donation notices from the BMWI
Photo: BMWi/Bildkraftwerk/Peter-Paul Weiler
Sascha Thormann (executive director Potsdam Transfer) und Johannes Zier (head of startup service Potsdam Transfer) at award ceremony

The University of Potsdam won the BMWi competition "EXIST-Potentiale" with its international entrepreneurship hub (PITCH). Starting in 2020, it will receive funding of up to 2.5 million euros over the next 4 years from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The results of the competition were announced on Tuesday evening by Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier during the award ceremony. Through the use of the funds, the University of Potsdam will significantly strengthen the start-up and transfer area. In order to further develop the start-up ecosystem Potsdam, the establishment of PITCH is intended to identify start-up projects with high innovation potential worldwide, support international start-up teams and open up foreign and domestic markets.


TechnologieAllianz e.V. becomes TransferAllianz e.V.

Logo TransferAllianz e.V.

TechnologieAllianz e.V. becomes TransferAllianz e.V.

To mark its 25th anniversary, the German Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer has adopted a new name. With the renaming from TechnologieAllianz e.V. to TransferAllianz e.V., the association, of which the University of Potsdam is a member, is taking into account the changes and diversity of the transfer tasks of its now approximately 70 institutional members. These are from universities, applied sciences universities, the four non-university research organisations, patent licensing agencies and other associated transfer service providers. The TransferAllianz e.V. offers a wide range of services from the exchange of professional experience and advanced training focusing on specific WTT offers for industry, politics and society, to the representation of stakeholder interests and participation in shaping the political environment.

In March 2019, representatives of Potsdam Transfer took part in the annual national conference, which presented a broad platform for a stimulating exchange between the participants. This year's event was under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and brought together over 200 national and international partners and guests in Frankfurt am Main to discuss current challenges and trends in knowledge and technology transfer.

Further information is available on the website or via the TransferAllianz e.V. office. (

Scientific Delegation from Jordan and Palestine Visits Potsdam Transfer

picture of delegation
Photo: Potsdam Transfer

Scientific Delegation from Jordan and Palestine Visits Potsdam Transfer

At the invitation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a delegation of high-ranking Palestinian and Jordanian university representatives visited universities in Berlin and Potsdam from 31 March to 6 April 2019 to find out about innovation funding at German universities.

The focus of the visit was on exploring prospective partners to strengthen scientific relations with the region. In addition, the delegation sought to gain insights into best-practice examples of innovation support, such as implementation and career development as well as the connection between science and industry.

Potsdam Transfer, the central institution for knowledge and technology transfer at the University of Potsdam, presented current projects at the various campuses on 3 April 2019: After the welcome of the delegation in the Transfer & Innovation Point-Golm (TIP) by Sascha Thormann, Managing Director Potsdam Transfer, Dr. Caroline Reid (PT-Transfer Service) gave an insight into the working method of Potsdam Transfer. In addition, Dr. Andrea Ode presented the Innovation Campus Golm. Anja Kriebel, course organiser at UP Transfer GmbH, gave an overview of the possibilities of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes, for example in the fields of life sciences and IT.

The delegates then visited the Golm and Griebnitzsee campuses before continuing on to the Hasso Plattner Institute and the reception hosted by Dr. Martina Münch, Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.