Freie Universität Berlin is part of one of the most dense and innovative academic regions in Europe. Five universities, more than 70 non-university research institutions as well as a multitude of further research oriented organiszations like the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation with its worldwide known museums, sociopolitical associations, and innovative firms create a unique density of top-notch basic and applied science.
The regional independant research institutions include eight Max Planck Institutes, seven Helmholtz Centres, more than 20 Leibniz Institutes, several Fraunhofer institutes, research institutions of the German Federal Government, and other well-known institutions such as the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities (BBAW) or the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).
The research strength of Freie Universität Berlin significantly contributes to the attractiveness and profile of the Berlin-Brandenburg academic region. At the same time cooperation with strong regional partners enables innovative research at Freie Universität Berlin – through linking complementary research competences, operating joined laboratories, sharing access to archives and further infrastructures as well as creating an attractive research environment for outstanding young researchers.
The close working relations between institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg science hub can be illustrated with an example from area studies. The members of the Forum for Transregional Studies (founded in 2009 and part of the Wissenschaftskolleg – Center for Advanced Studies Berlin) are the heads of a number of mostly Berlin-based universities, research institutions, and associations. The projects at the Forum contribute to strengthening collaboration between researchers from different disciplines, institutional structures, and national or regional research traditions in Berlin.