Research topics of the Berlin sciences
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The rich expertise of Berlin's scientific landscape

Berlin is a unique science location: Berlin universities offer more than 1,000 different degree programs, in which rund about 194 000 students conduct research. About 17% of them come from abroad in to get to know the capital’s open research atmosphere. The promising cooperations between universities, non-university research institutions, and technology centers makes Berlin a hotspot for business and science.


The science metropolis unites a total of:

  • 4 Universities
  •  the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 7 Universities of applied sciences
  • 4 Art colleges
  • approx. 30 state-recognized private colleges
  • and around 70 non-university research institutions.
Facts about science locations in Berlin
Facts about research locations in Berlin

Non-university research in Berlin:

In addition, there are research centers of the Helmholtz Association, institutes of the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society, and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, as well as independent research institutes. The collaboration of researchers is interdisciplinary: whether it is clusters of excellence, graduate schools, or special research areas - Berlin offers cutting-edge research.

Overview: Scientific Institutions

Berlin sciences' status of excellence


Graduate schools, clusters of excellence, and future concepts: The three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative aim equally at funding young scientists as well as top-level research. 

Berlin is the most successful Federal State when it comes to attracting graduate schools and clusters of excellence. In July 2019 Berlin University Alliance was awarded the title University of Excellence. An international panel of experts selected the alliance of Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, and Humboldt-Universität – along with Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, for funding within the framework of the German Excellence Strategy (ExStra) of the German federal and state governments. A permanent grant of 15 to 28 million euros per year. Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin also belong to the eleven German universities selected to receive funding in the Excellence Initiative.

Crucial for the success of the capital are cooperations: The network between the various scientific institutions is strengthened, for example, by the Berlin Institute for Applied Research (IFAF) or Berlin University Alliance. The funding of around 80 million euros underlines the success of the Berlin universities, while on the other hand it further enhances the excellence of the science location. The 50 professorships in the field of digital transformation announced at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) alone show that Berlin is further expanding its position as Europe’s science metropolis.

Research focus in Berlin: The German Center of Digitization

Myon Beuth-Hochschule für Technik

Digitization is being researched and driven forward in the capital. Central hubs of the Digitization Strategy include the following institutions:


Berlin also offers new majors and exciting studies around in the field of digitization:


Medical research in Berlin - A dynamic healthcare location

TU Berlin Lichtmikroskop

Berlin is home to the Charité (largest university hospital in Germany), the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH).


Berlin - a leading international location in the field of health economy



HealthCapital: The cluster of the health economy supports the promotion of Berlin as one of the leading locations in the fields of healthcare and life sciences.

Big Data, Digital Health, and Telemedicine: The research focus of the innovative pharmaceutical, medtech, and biotech companies, which are in a network with the many medical institutions in the city and make the health care Berlin so attractive.


Humanities and Social Sciences - Berlin attracts industry experts from all over the world

HTW-Berlin Bibliothek

In Berlin, interdisciplinary expertise meets diverse fields of research in the humanities and social sciences – from the ancient world to global change processes.


The Department of Philosophy and Humanities at the Freie Universität Berlin


The campus of the Freie Universität in Dahlem houses seven institutes – from the Institute of Theater Studies to the Institute for Cultural and Media Management. It also offers the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, the Dahlem Humanities Center, as well as other research centers and libraries, such as the “The Berlin Brain” philological library, which contains more than 750,000 media.

Future-oriented research center - Mathematical sciences in Berlin

Mathematik TU Berlin

The Einstein Center for Mathematics Berlin, opened in 2014, is a joint project of three mathematical research centers in Berlin:


Mathematician, President of Freie Universität Berlin and Brain City Ambassador Prof. M. Ziegler on mathematics in Berlin: