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Hotspot for digitalisation


The 21st century has been characterised by the rapid digitalisation of every aspect of life. The ways we communicate, work and, of course, research are all changing. Supported by the state’s digitalisation strategy, Berlin is developing into a centre for digitalisation research. The entire spectrum of scientific expertise represented in Berlin, from computer science to the humanities, is being put to use. Berlin’s economy also benefits from this – both the established companies, which have to cope with massive changes, and the creative scene, which is making Berlin a booming start-up metropolis.

The central component of the strategy is the Einstein Center for Digital Future, which combines the competence of four Berlin universities, two universities of applied sciences and eight non-academic research institutions. It was developed in cooperation with the state of Berlin and numerous companies and institutions. More than 50 new professorships have been funded to advance research in areas such as digital infrastructure, digital industry and services, and digital health. They can use synergies with the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, which is investigating the effects of digitalisation on society and providing recommendations for policymakers and business. More than 100 scientists from several universities and research institutions are collaborating in 20 interdisciplinary research groups on such topics as work environments, digital markets, education and social justice, and democracy and participation. The third pillar of the digitalisation strategy is the Fraunhofer Center for Digital Networking of the four Fraunhofer Institutes in Berlin. Its work focuses on the needs of Industry 4.0 and the development of practical solutions for the Smart City. Research is being conducted on basic and cross-sectional technologies as well as on solutions for four specific areas of application: telemedicine, mobility in the city of the future, industry and production, and critical infrastructures.