№ 92/2011 from Apr 06, 2011
The International Association of Scientific Meeting Places (IBZ) in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, supported by Freie Universität Berlin and other academic institutions, will be completely refurbished during the coming months. The IBZ, where visiting scholars from abroad can rent apartments, will have a new facade, new windows, a solar thermal plant, and a new ventilation system. The modifications to the building designed by Otto Steidle and constructed in 1983 began with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, April 7. Financing for the renovation project amounting to 2.7 million euros will come from the German Federal Ministry of Education and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The Berlin IBZ International Association of Scientific Meeting Places supported by Freie Universität and the Max Planck Society has 78 apartments and is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. It is located on Wiesbadener Strasse near Rüdesheim Place in the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. It will remain open during renovation. There are apartments available for 18 scholars and scientists from abroad. They can be rented for periods between one month and two years.
The IBZ association has been active in Germany since the 1950s. It has set up apartment buildings or guest houses in almost all of the German cities with universities, to provide suitable housing for the increasing number of visiting scholars from abroad. Many of the IBZ offer scholarly lectures, discussion meetings, evening concerts, sporting events, and festivals. Some of them have nursery schools.