• “We are Brain City Berlin”

Brain City Berlin starts the year 2023 with a new image film. Our Brain City Ambassadors are the protagonists of the video. In the clip, they provide insight into the diversity, excellence, interdisciplinarity and cosmopolitanism of the science metropolis Berlin.

They are all “Brains of Berlin” – and research, teach or study in one of the most exciting and versatile science locations in Europe: The Brain City Berlin science campaign now has well over 100 ambassadors. Prof. Dr. med. Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, one of Germany’s most renowned geriatric physicians and a senior professor at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, is among them, as are robotics researchers Prof. Dr. Manfred Hild from the Berliner Hochschule für Technik (BHT) or Nishant Jain, research associate at the Technische Universität Berlin with a passion for polymers.

The current image film of the campaign shows them in their working environment. From the Adlershof Science and Technology Park with its two distinctive heads, the camera pans to the world clock on Alexanderplatz, from there to the universe – and back to the German Aerospace Centre. It goes through the lecture halls and libraries of the Berlin universities of excellence, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt - Universität zu Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. And it allows us to take a look at teachers and learners at the Berlin University of the Arts, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Touro College Berlin, and the A32 Start-Up Centre of the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Siemensstadt Square.

Berlin is a highly interesting science location. “This is particularly important to me because I attach great importance to multi-professionalism.

(Prof. Dr. med. Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin)


In just under 90 seconds, the clip uses impressive images to bring to life the cosmopolitan working atmosphere that draws top researchers from all over the world to the scientific metropolis. The intensive interdisciplinary exchange between research, teaching and business, which at the same time accounts for the excellence of the diverse science metropolis, becomes visible.

The basis for this top-class exchange is the high density of research institutions in the city – with four universities, seven universities of applied sciences, three art colleges, 25 State-recognised private universities, around 70 non-university research institutions, unique research alliances such as the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) or Berlin Research 50 (BR50) and numerous start-up centres. At a total of eleven Berlin locations of the future, cutting-edge research and industry are also working together to develop products and high-tech solutions for tomorrow.

More than 250,000 people from all over the world teach, research, work and study in the metropolis and are enthusiastic about Berlin. In the words of Brain City Ambassador Nishan Jaint: “The city is open, welcoming and very international. That makes Berlin something special.” (vdo)


Further information

“Be a Brain of Berlin”: As a scientist in Berlin you can apply here.  

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