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District Adlershof in borough Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin
District Adlershof in borough Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin

Adlershof is a district in the borough Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin, Germany. The area known today as the "City of Science, Technology and Media", was once the Johannisthal airbase. Germany's first motorized aircraft took off from here at the beginning of the 20th century. Albatros, Fokker, Rumpler and Wright made Adlershof-Johannisthal famous. In 1912 the German Experimental Institute for Aviation (Deutsche Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt – DVL) made Adlershof its headquarters. Laboratories, motor test beds, wind tunnels and hangars were erected in the 20s and 30s and are historical landmarks today. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1134x861, 173 KB) de: Beschreibung : Der Ortsteil Adlershof im Bezirk Treptow-Köpenick von Berlin (Deutschland) Quelle : selbst erstellt Datum : 17 August 2005 Zeichner : Jwnabd en: Description : District Adlershof in borough Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin (Germany) Source : self created Date... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1134x861, 173 KB) de: Beschreibung : Der Ortsteil Adlershof im Bezirk Treptow-Köpenick von Berlin (Deutschland) Quelle : selbst erstellt Datum : 17 August 2005 Zeichner : Jwnabd en: Description : District Adlershof in borough Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin (Germany) Source : self created Date... Berlin is subdivided into 12 boroughs (Bezirke in German), which are administrative units with political rights comparable to incorporated communities in the rest of Germany (although they are not separate legal entities from the city). ... The Districts in borough Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin Treptow-Köpenick is a borough of Berlin, formed in 2001 by merging the former boroughs of Treptow and Köpenick. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The East German era

After World War II, the airport was closed and three institutions determined from then on Adlershof's destiny:

  • The Ministry of State Security (MfS) stationed its 12,000 strong Guard Regiment there.
  • In 1952 East Germany's National Television began broadcasting from Adlershof.
  • And the East German Academy of Science was established with nine scientific institutes in the fields of physics and chemistry. "Scientific Equipment Engineering" with its approx. 1,700 workers developed and produced a majority of East Germany's research equipment.

A substantial portion of the research done at the Academy institutes was notable for its close connection with the industry, allowing the scientists to engage in world-wide networks. Adlershof produced many known products and inventions, such as ultra-short pulse lasers, time-resolved optical spectroscopy and space diagnosis devices. Other things like trifocals and contraceptive pills were also invented here. In 1989 over 5,600 people were working in Adlershof. That was more than half the R&D capacity of the whole Science Academy.


After German reunification, the guard regiment was dissolved and the fate of the Academy was sealed by the German Unification Treaty: The research facilities of the Academy were subjected to an evaluation marathon by the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat), which established that there were about 1,500 Academy employees who ought to be placed in new research structures. For the rest of the former employees, it was recommended that they either find new jobs or start their own companies. So of the 250 newly founded companies, approx 100 were founded by ex-academy workers. Today almost 90 per cent of the companies co-operate with at least one partner, and 60 per cent with three or more partners at the site.

Eight of the 12 research institutes now located in Adlershof and financed by Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany are directly descended from the former GDR Academy of Sciences at the beginning of 1992 and integrated into the Federal German research landscape. They continued their activity under the responsibility of other bodies for example under the Max Planck Society, or affiliated to large research establishments like the “Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutions in Adlershof “ - IGAFA.


In September 1991 the State of Berlin founded the “Adlershof Development Society” (EGA), from which WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH emerged in 1994. In 1992 the Berlin Senate decided to establish an "integrated scientific and business landscape" on the Adlershof site and made building investments amounting to about 230 million Euros. The goal was to bring together the synergies from science and industry, innovation to market.

To encourage innovative businesses to settle here, modern specialised centres were established on the premises, some in reconstructed old buildings, and others in new buildings with spectacular architecture. The first was the “Innovation and Business Incubation Centre” IGZ in 1991, followed by the Centre for Photonics and Optical Technologies, the Centre for Environmental, Bio and Energy Technology, the Centre for Information and Media Technology, and the Centre for Materials and Microsystems Technology. A Service-Centre and the East-West Co-operation Centre for Middle and Eastern European entrepreneurs top off the profile. Up to the end of the year 2000 WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH had made investments to the amount of approximately 325 million euros.

Prospects of the Humboldt campus

At the end of 1991 the decision was made to relocate the mathematics and natural science faculties of the Humboldt University of Berlin to Adlershof. In 1998 the Department of Computer Science moved to Adlershof, followed by the Departments of Mathematics in 2000, Chemistry in 2001, and Physics, Geography and Psychology in 2003. One of the most modern libraries in Europe, the new Information and Communication Centre "Erwin Schrödinger-Zentrum", is a computing centre, library and a technology transfer point which can be used jointly by both university and non-university institutions alike. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin The Humboldt University of Berlin (German Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is Berlins oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt whose university model has strongly influenced...

City of Science, Technology and Media

  • Area: 4.2 km² (1,040 acres)
  • Staff: approx. 11.000
  • Enterprises: 658
  • Science and Technology Park

Investments 1991 - 2007: EUR 2.5 - 3 billion

Status of Development

  • New settlements 2003: 69 companies
  • New settlements 2004: 62 companies
  • Turnover of the companies and funds of the scientific institutes: EUR 554 Mio.


  • 375 innovative companies, approx. 3,580 staff

Scientific Institutes

  • 12 non-university research institutes with about 1,500 employees, among them 672 scientists as well as 130 doctorate students and guests

Humboldt-University of Berlin

  • 6 natural science institutes (Institute for Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Psychology), 130 professors, approx. 7,000 students and 900 other staff

Media City

  • 127 companies, approx. 900 staff

Industrial Estate

  • 156 companies, approx. 4,000 staff


  • Area: 660,000 m²

External links

  • Official Homepage (in English,German and French)

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Kern von Adlershof ist der Wissenschafts- und Technologiepark, mittlerweile der größte Deutschlands und heute einer der erfolgreichsten Hochtechnologiestandorte.
Heute finden sich zwölf außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtungen in Adlershof, unter anderem das Fraunhofer-Institut für Rechnerarchitektur und Softwaretechnik, das Leibnitz-Institut für Katalyse und das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt.
250 Unternehmen wurden in Adlershof neu gegründet, davon etwa 100 von ehemaligen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern der DDR-Akademie.
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Since 1991, Berlin Adlershof has grown at a remarkable pace to become one of the most successful high technology centres in Europe.
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