Future-proof: Berlin is today and tomorrow

It’s the people’s special attitude towards life, which you can quite literally see when you’re out and about in Berlin – the ambition to shape the life of tomorrow. Nowhere is there such an intense spirit of optimism in the air as in the German capital. Public squares and cafés are full of people with laptops. Just ask anyone if you’re stuck. Berliners learn from and with each other. New business ideas are born and achieve success every day. Time never stands still in the capital city – this city continually reinvents itself every day. 

The secret? In Berlin, tradition is linked with the new – creativity and innovation drive the economy. Plus the capital city is one of the largest science regions in Europe. To transform new knowledge into jobs and marketable products requires a dense network of administration, business and science. Where else does such a network work better than in Berlin!?

Entrepreneurial spirit, talent, business, science, internationality and urbanity come together in the capital city. Berlin-based companies plan far into the future. Technical security, energy efficiency, information and telecommunication technologies as well as mobility are among researchers’ priorities. Tokyo, New York City and Rio de Janeiro are leading the way: more housing, hospitals, jobs and less waste. The German capital is, for example, a model city for electromobility in Europe. 

Thanks to excellent research in a total of twelve scientific fields, also known as fields of innovation, Berlin offers the economy optimal conditions. Between 2012 and 2016 alone, 961 guest researchers from 77 countries came to Berlin with Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsorship. The President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Prof. Helmut Schwarz, explains: "The fact that Berlin is so popular among Humboldtians shows how strong and internationally renowned research in Berlin is". In addition, Berlin has the highest and above-average proportion of academics in Germany, at 30.6 percent. The ratio is more than 12 percentage points above the German national average.