Scientific Institutions

Scientific Institutions

Brandenburg is home to the four major German research organizations, all named after renowned scientists – Fraunhofer, Helmholtz, Leibniz and Max Planck –, with a total of 19 institutes. In addition, there are various other internationally renowned research institutions such as the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies and the Einstein Forum in Potsdam or the Sorbian Institute with a branch office in Cottbus. With the development of Lusatia as a research region, this number will continue to grow in the upcoming years.


A large number of these institutes have been organized in the Brandenburg State Association of Non-University Research (LAUF e.V. – Landesvereinigung Außeruniversitärer Forschung Brandenburg) since 1999.

Alexianer St. Josef Potsdam GmbH

Experience through scientifically based, interdisciplinary, cross-sector treatment and health care concepts. Caring through human warmth and Christian ethics.


Zimmerstraße 6 | 14471 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 9682 2000


Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s research centre in Potsdam: Here the focus lies on geoscientific studies in periglacial areas at the edge of ice sheets and in permafrost regions.


Telegrafenberg A 43 | 14473 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 288 21 00

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The Academy is a learned society with a 300-year-old tradition of uniting outstanding scholars & scientists across national and disciplinary boundaries. 79 Nobel Prize winners have shaped its history.


Jägerstraße 22/23 | 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 030 20 370 0

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY A Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association

DESY is contributing to the decoding of matter and  thus creates the knowledge base that is needed in order to solve the huge and urgent challenges that are facing society, science and the economy.


Platanenallee 6 | 15738 Zeuthen
Telephone: 033762 7 70

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP

We make polymers fit for the future – efficient, intelligent and sustainable! We develop bioplastics, materials for lightweight construction, phosphors for displays, contact lenses and much more.


Geiselbergstraße 69 | 14476 Potsdam-Golm
Telephone: 0331 568-1000



Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology Branch Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses

From applied research to pioneering products – Your partner in diagnostics and drug development, process technology, food and environmental analytics.


Am Mühlenberg 13 | 14476 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 58187 102


German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE)

The DIfE conducts basic research in the field of nutrition and health. The overall aim is to develop new strategies for the prevention and therapy of nutrition-related diseases.


Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116 | 14558 Nuthetal
Telephone: 033200 88-2335

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ

The GFZ is Germany’s national research center for the solid Earth Sciences. Our mission is to deepen the knowledge of the dynamics of the solid Earth, and to develop solutions for grand challenges facing society.


Telegrafenberg | 14473 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 288 1040


Helmholtz Centre Potsdam Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS)

The Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) conducts research with the aim of investigating, identifying, and advancing development pathways for transformation processes towards sustainability in Germany and abroad.


Berliner Straße 130 | 14467 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 288 22 300

Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP)

We conduct future-oriented research and development on silicon-based systems, high-frequency circuits and technologies for wireless and broadband communication.


Im Technologiepark 25 | 15236 Frankfurt (Oder)
Telephone: 0335 56 250



Institut for Food and Environmental Research (ILU)

ILU is a non-university research institution and conducts practice-oriented research in the fields of food technology and environmental technology.

Papendorfer Weg 3 14806 Bad Belzig
Telephone: 0338 41 636713



Institut für Dünnschichttechnologie und Mikrosensorik e.V.

Diversity of chemistry demands special solutions.


Kantstr. 55 | 14513 Teltow
Telephone: 03328 33 460

Länderinstitut für Bienenkunde Hohen Neuendorf e.V.

Das LIB   is a research facility jointly supported by the five German federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Thuringia and Berlin.


Friedrich-Engels-Str. 32 | 16540 Hohen Neuendorf
Telephone: 03303 293 830



Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Mission  of  ZALF  is  to  deliver  solutions  for  an  economically,  environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society.


Eberswalder Straße 84 | 15374 Müncheberg
Telephone: 033432 82-0


Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB)

Research for a knowledge-based, site-specific production of biomass and its use for nutrition, for bio-based products and energy – protecting climate and environment.


Max-Eyth-Allee 100 | 14469 Potsdam
Telephone: (0331) 56 99 0

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) explores cosmic structures of all sizes, examining the origin, components and fate of the universe as a whole.


An der Sternwarte 16 | 14482 Potsdam
Telephone: (0331) 7499 803


Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)

The mission of the IGZ is to make fundamental advances in understanding of plant systems to accelerate the development of sustainable horticulture.


Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1 | 14979 Großbeeren
Telephone: 0337011 78 131

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is the largest research institute in the world specializing in general relativity and beyond.


Am Mühlenberg 1 | 14476 Potsdam
Telephone:  0331 56 770

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Hidden Dimensions: The research and control of very small or very thin structures in the nano- and micrometer regime is our goal. These structures determine the properties of materials and bio-systems


Am Mühlenberg 1 | Wissenschaftspark Potsdam-Golm
14476 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 567 92 03

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development.


Telegraphenberg A 31 | 14473 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331 288 2500

Stiftung Garnisonkirche Potsdam

The reconstruction of the Garrison-churchtower creates a historic, nationally relevant architectural monument as a place of remembrance and learning: remember history – learning responsibility – living reconciliation.


Breite Straße 4 | 14467 Potsdam
Telephone: 0331  201 1830