The new network includes almost all non-university institutes and centers in the Berlin metropolitan area. It is intended to facilitate coordination between non-university research institutions and to provide a central point of contact for cooperation with Berlin’s universities and for engagement with stakeholders in society and politics.
Like the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) – the association of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin – BR 50 will also provide a platform for the participating institutions to engage in ongoing dialogue.
“With their excellent research, these non-university institutions are already making an indispensable contribution to raising Berlin’s profile as a leading international science location,” says Thomas Sommer, founding coordinator of the Life Sciences Section and interim Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center. “With BR 50, we are now joining forces to help Berlin flourish as a research hub.”
How smart is artificial intelligence? How fair are the research conditions in Berlin? And how challenging is climate change for the city? Questions like these are explored by the podcast "Berlin Research - Forschung in Berlin".
Of course, scientists do disagree when they discuss with each other. The BR50 podcast is a science policy discussion format and each episode highlights one exciting topic, on which two to three scientists engage in a controversial discussion. The conversations are moderated alternately by Nancy Fischer and Thomas Prinzler.