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Digitalization Berlin in keywords 

  • 50 new professorships for Berlin in the field of digitalization
  • 38.5 million euros for the new Einstein Center Digital Future
  • Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in four areas
  • A public-private partnership that is the only one of its kind in Germany involving four universities, two universities of applied sciences, eight non-university research institutions, two federal ministries, the Land of Berlin and 20 industrial companies
  • Participating companies are donating twelve million euros for professorships
  • Attractive location for the ECDF at Wilhelmstraße in Berlin-Mitte

The Players

The 50 new professors in the field of digitalization will be selected from the four Berlin universities: Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin as well as Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with their joint medical faculty, Charité  – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences and the HTW University of Applied Sciences will also establish professorships. The professorships are part of the new Einstein Center Digital Future, which was approved by the Einstein Foundation Berlin on 5 September 2016. A total of 38.5 million euros will flow into the new Einstein Center. 

This unique project has been made possible by numerous partners in business, the sciences and politics. In addition to the four Berlin universities and the two universities of applied sciences, eight non-university research institutions are also involved: the Berlin Institute of Health, the Fauenhofer Institute FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications – Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, the German Aerospace Center, the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Society, the PTB – National Meteorology Institute and the Konrad Zuse Center for Information Technology Berlin. The research institutions are providing 8.5 million euros for the joint call with the universities.

20 companies are involved in the initiative. A total of 12 million euros for the professorships will come from these companies. They include the Berliner Wasserbetriebe, the Bundesdruckerei Cornelsen, German-Turkish Advanced ICT Research Center, Intel, SAP, Telekom, Viessmann and Zalando. The Land of Berlin is also strongly committed to the initiative. For each euro contributed, the state of Berlin will be adding 50 cents through the Einstein Foundation.

The magnitude of this alliance between twelve public institutions as well as foundations and supporters is unique for Berlin, which is already known as a location for the research. The researchers at the Einstein Center Digital Future will work in four areas:

  • digital infrastructure, methods and algorithms 
  • industry and services,
  • digital society and humanities 
  • digital health


Research Fields 

The Einstein Center Digital Future aims to become a cross-university nucleus for supporting and researching digital structures in the sciences, the economy and society. The project in Berlin is supposed to provide more connections, new forms of cooperation, a concentration on innovative cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and excellently trained young scientific talent instead of focusing on new individual initiatives.


Digital Future 

The Einstein Center Digital Future has an initial operating time of six years. The first funding phase will run from 1 April 2017 to 31 May 2020, and the second will run from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023 following a successful interim evaluation in 2018. 

Most of the professorships will be junior professorships, which last for six years. W2/W3 professorships will also be established. Two important aims are, first, to attract as many women as possible to the positions, and second, to extend or make permanent some of the professorships, which are being financed with private and industrial funds.