Berlin Research 50 

Non-profit association of non-university institutes and research centers in Berlin

October 07, 2022

UPDATE: Non-university research institutions in Berlin intensify cooperation

Berlin Research 50 (BR50) founds non-profit association

Berlin's non-university research institutions will work even more closely together in the future. Their association Berlin Research 50 (BR50), founded in 2020, has now joined forces to form a registered non-profit association.

BR50 is thus a legal entity in its own right and can thus support its member institutions even more strongly in networking with each other and with other scientific actors in Berlin, also as a representative for the interests of the non-university research institutions. The declared goal remains to further develop and strengthen the Berlin research area. Representatives of the institutions gathered at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) for the official founding of the association. Following the founding, the association now comprises 27 research and science institutions, including Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes, Helmholtz Centers and federal departmental research institutions. Other non-university institutions in Berlin are associated with the association as partners in the network.

In addition, a five-member board was elected, to which the scientific directors Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D. (Social Science Research Center Berlin), Prof. Dr. Michael Hintermüller (Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing), Prof. Dr. Thomas Sommer (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) and the administrative head Prof. Dr. Heike Graßmann (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association).

To the (German) press release of BR50 on the foundation of the association (October 4th 2022)


Berlin Research 50 (BR 50) is a joint initiative by the city’s non-university research institutions with the goal of strengthening Berlin’s standing as an international scientific hub.  Currently the initiative includes nearly all non-university institutes and research centers in the Berlin area.

BR 50 seeks to promote the dialogue between non-university research institutions and offer a central point of contact for cooperation with Berlin universities. It is also intended as a platform for an exchange of ideas with politics and society.

The network was founded on 18 February 2020 in the Max Liebermann Haus. The Max Planck Institute for Human Development is one of the non-university research institutions that was present at the inaugural meeting. 

Further information on the initiative can be found on the BR50 website.

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