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03.2010

Newsletter PS-Park 'n' Science, 3rd edition, April 2010

English text version of the Park'n'Science newsletter

Table of Contents
Editorial
GILUPI Nanomedicine, Nanodetector grabs cells
MKfactory, Stones with insight
breecon, Modern analytical methods in plant breeding
Metabolomic Discoveries, On the taste trail
Honoured
At the start
Diverse
Bookmarked

Editorial

Founding years

In 2009 Potsdam came first in the founders ranking of universities. In this issue of PS we decided therefore to find out which companies have grown up on the Potsdam-Golm Science Park and what led the founders to want to set up on their own here. We have used a few typical examples to give an idea of companies that have just started up, and of others that have managed to keep a foothold in the market for a number of years. Some have been building themselves up gradually, while others have had to start off with a fairly large workforce. And although basic entrepreneurial knowledge may protect against the worst beginner’s mistakes, there is certainly no silver bullet. Every business idea demands its own strategies and basic planning before you start, and then you need business sense, enthusiasm and a high level of commitment.

I hope you enjoy the issue. Barbara Buller

GILUPI Nanomedicine
Nanodetector grabs cells

The nanodetector is used to isolate rare cells in the vein for diagnostic purposes

Schematic structure of the nanodetector
Fig. Schematic structure of the nanodetector

Boy or girl? Nowadays, parents-to-be normally find this out in an ultrasound scan. But to answer the second question, is the baby healthy, you need to take cells from the unborn child, for example from the uterus by amniocentesis, and use them to diagnose genetic diseases such as Down’s Syndrome. However, this intervention carries a risk to the baby of around 1%. We have known for around 50 years that foetal cells can also be found in extremely small quantities in the mother’s blood. But to be sure of finding foetal cells, you would need to take a great deal of blood, which is out of the question with pregnant women.

The founders of GILUPI GmbH therefore came up with the idea of concentrating the blood inside the body under controlled conditions. Within a period of around 30 minutes, enough foetal cells will pass by a measuring point – the question is, how to extract them from the blood.

The nanodetector consists of a basic structure, a thin wire made of medical material – so thin that it can easily be inserted into the vein via a cannula. Two nanostructured layers are applied to this wire – one of gold and the other of special polymers – to ensure tolerance and functionality. The polymer layer is structured so that antibodies are fixed to “nano polymer threads” which the cells found dock onto.

Klaus Lücke, Director of GILUPI GmbH, sees the potential for another highly promising application in the treatment of cancers. Metastasised tumours shed cells into the bloodstream, which could be measured during a course of treatment using the nanodetector: the fewer tumorous cells discovered in the patient’s bloodstream, the more effective the treatment. This treatment monitoring would not place any additional stress on the patient, as it could be done via the existing infusion needles.

The nanodetector has passed preclinical trials and is currently in the “proof of concept” phase.

After an initial development stage at the Bonn caesar research centre, and with a concept that has impressed grant-giving bodies and venture capitalists such as High Tech Gründerfonds, Aurelia Private Equity, Brandenburg Capital and the Brandenburg Economic Development Board, the company was set up in 2006 in Berlin and subsequently transferred to Potsdam. The 1.1 million euro prize for “Advancing Medical Technology” awarded to the company in the 2007 innovation competition sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), was a further financial boost. Since moving to the GO:IN in 2008, the company has employed 17 staff, including 13 academics in a range of specialisations. In collaborative work with neighbouring institutes, the Fraunhofer and Max Planck Institutes, the short distances within the Science Park have proved advantageous, as has the proximity to large clinics in the area.

At the top of GILUPI’s wish list at present is a license for its first product, followed by the hope of progress in developing the field, and finally, to promote the pioneer spirit through more contact between the members of setup firms.
www.gilupi.com

MKfactory
Stones with insight

Microsections for analysing geological objects and solid materials demand special know-how

Picture, MKfactory“I thank my lucky stars every day that I’m here,” is how Michael Köhler sums up the two years in which he has had his own business. He runs the “MKfactory”, a service company for geoscientific compounds, at the GO:IN (Golm-Innovation-Centre) – down on the ground floor because of the heavy grinding machines. His speciality is microsections of solid samples; at 30 micrometers these compounds are so thin that they can be observed through a transmitted-light microscope. In the geosciences this method is used for research into climate reconstruction, but it is also useful for determining the structure of polymers, paving stones and concrete. In monument preservation it is used to analyse the original material, for example to determine its age or as the basis for restoration work.

Sediments are another area in which the “MKfactory” specialises. Taking samples in bodies of water (coring) requires a special type of know-how: setting up the drilling platforms in cooperation with a platform manufacturer, bringing in the drill system and checking the safety are just as important as experience in handling difficult sediments. Köhler passes this knowledge on to interested customers in special training sessions. “We drill for lake sediments in volcano crater lakes,” explains Michael Köhler, “laminated, i.e. layered sediments are veritable climate archives,” he says, pointing to a sample embedded in epoxy resin, which shows the clear strips, the varve years. This varve chronology also plays an important part in climate reconstruction.

One highly topical area is the investigation of copper slate deposits in Lusatia.

Köhler spends around four months a year travelling around taking samples on the spot, for example in the Polar Ural, Mexico and from Israel to Libya. Any especially beautiful or interesting pieces that he brings back from these travels are channelled into the company’s third business area, selling minerals to scientific institutes and dealers.

Picture, MKfactoryWhen he set up MKfactory, things moved very fast. The business was basically set up in just six months, and the first employee started work half a year after that. The ZAB (Brandenburg Economic Development Board) was impressed after the very first advisory meetings and approved subsidies to finance a coach to give advice on creating the business plan and the financial concept. Also in subsequent negotiations with the bank Köhler met with a willingness to talk.

This setup story, which all went to plan and seemingly without obstacles, was based on solid foundations. In a career spanning 20 years as an engineer and lab technician at a prominent geological research institute, Köhler was able to gather some extensive experience. A sideline approved by the boss had led to a very good order book.

In hindsight, Köhler thinks his decision to base the company at the GO:IN has been vindicated. His clients include the university and neighbouring institutes, and he can receive outside customers here in attractive surroundings.

Köhler’s advice to all budding entrepreneurs: “Don’t just rely on third parties, convince yourself at every step.” Thanks to this motto, the MKfactory has already, at the start of 2010, achieved its targets for 2011 and can think about employing more people – and maybe even turn it into a family business.
www.mkfactory.de

breecon
Modern analytical methods in plant breeding

A combination of classic and modern science-based methods is accelerating new developments in plant breeding.

Photo: Karla Fritze
Photo: Karla Fritze

Today’s farmers supply their products to an increasingly differentiated agricultural market. Different growing characteristics are important depending on whether the plant will be used for example as food or as fuel for renewable energy. For economic success, the time it takes to get a new and improved plant variety to market is becoming increasingly critical.

Thanks to modern biotechnological analytical methods, it is now possible to establish at an early growth stage whether the variety is developing the desired characteristics and whether it is suitable for further crosses. It means that new plant varieties can be bred in a shorter time and with lower development costs. By researching and exploiting natural biological diversity, this method offers an economically attractive combination of traditional and new, science-based breeding.

This was used by biologists Dr Uwe Hohmann and biochemist Dr Georg Strompen to their advantage when they set up breecon GmbH in the summer of 2009. The main bases for setting up breecon GmbH were created in the GABI-TILL project, a network of plant genome researchers. After the project was concluded, the analytical method was further developed into a high throughput method to enable this technology platform to be used commercially. The company was set up with the support of BMBF research programmes and the InnoWatt programme sponsored by the BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology).

Together with two members of staff, the two former employees of the University of Potsdam and the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel now help plant breeders and industrial biotechnology companies to analyse their genetic resources. Their one-stop advisory service shows plant breeders new approaches to modern plant breeding. breecon GmbH supports the SMART Breeding approach (Selection with Markers and Advanced Reproductive Technologies), which it expresses through its “Discover Natural Diversity” slogan.

In cooperation with the institutes based on the Potsdam-Golm Science Park of the University of Potsdam, the Max Planck, Fraunhofer and Leibniz Associations, the conditions for developing innovative products are being constantly improved. In particular, breecon GmbH values the support it gets from the Brandenburg Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (BIEM-CEIP), and its cooperation with UP-Transfer GmbH, which uses knowledge and technology transfer to implement scientific projects outside the university.
www.breecon.com

Metabolomic Discoveries
On the taste trail

Edible plants are valued for their characteristic taste, and sometimes vehemently rejected for the same reason. Which substances are responsible for subtle differences in taste is still unknown.

Dr Nicolas Schauer and Dr Sandra TrenkampThe typical taste of our food is a decisive purchase criterion for many consumers. Whereas plant breeders have hitherto mainly focused their efforts on yield and reliability and resistance to pests and diseases or on adapting plants to special cultivation procedures, they are now starting to turn their attention back towards quality traits such as flavor. How the combination of ingredients – the metabolites – and therefore also the taste and aroma changes during the growing process has not yet been fully understood.

Improving taste is one of the colours that the founders of Metabolomic Discoveries, Dr Nicolas Schauer and Dr Sandra Trenkamp, have nailed to their mast. “We help the food and seed industry to make their products taste better,” is how Dr Schauer describes the company’s work. This is made possible by “metabolite profiling”, a technology the founders worked on at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP). With this method, all ingredients of a biological sample, both known and unknown, are recorded in a single measurement. This offers a significant advantage over all previous methods, as it also makes it possible to decipher new connections.

The combination of taste and aromatic substances and the texture of a food are the main factors in how it tastes. The relationships between the individual substances and the taste, however, have barely been investigated. The aim of Metabolomic Discoveries is to establish this relationship and thereby give the food and seed industry the opportunity to make their products taste better. The know-how of Metabolomic Discoveries consists in applying metabolomics technology and linking it with biological expertise, which makes it possible to explain the relationship between individual chemical substances and the actual taste. They do this by comparing metabolomic analyses with the results of consumer taste trials.

Founders Dr Nicolas Schauer and Dr Sandra Trenkamp studied biology and biotechnology respectively and both worked for several years in the seed and crop protection industry before setting up the company. This experience has helped them when it comes to assessing operational workflows, as well as giving them numerous contacts to potential customers, which enabled the two founders to start prospecting for customers at an early stage.

“Our advice to other founders is, make contact with potential customers as early as you can, to give yourself an idea of how well your product will be received and where you may need to make improvements.”
www.metabolomicdiscoveries.com

Honoured

Leibniz Prize for Prof. P. Fratzl

Jann Jacobs, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Potsdam, Friedrich Winskowski, Geschäftsführer des Standortmanagements im Wissenschaftspark sowie Rainer Borgmann-Quade, Vorsitzender des FRÖBEL e.V.
Leibniz prize winner Peter Fratzl (Photo: MPI of Colloids and Interfaces)

In March, Prof. Dr. Peter Fratzl, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm, was awarded Germany’s most prestigious research prize.

At the ceremony in the Leibniz Room of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Letters, there were many reasons to celebrate: an anniversary – it was the 25th time the Leibniz Prize was being awarded – and honours for one female research scientist and nine male research scientists. Among them was Peter Fratzl, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam. The value of the Leibniz Prize is 2.5 million euros, which can be spent on research projects chosen by the winner over a period of up to seven years.

Within the international research community, Peter Fratzl is one of the leading representatives in the field of modern biomaterials research. He studies a wide range of topics relating to natural materials such as bones and plants, with particular emphasis on research into their mechanical properties. For example, he analyses the relationship between the properties and structure of biological materials and develops new biomimetic and bio-inspired materials that mimic biological structures or processes. “Nature has created fantastic structures, and I would like to understand their properties and use them to develop new materials,” is how Fratzl describes his field of work. The current research builds on his earlier experience in metal physics. While the studies, which are often conducted in cooperation with medical doctors and biologists, are of great benefit to basic research, they are also producing important findings for the treatment of diseased bone tissue, especially for osteoporosis. Furthermore, these studies establish the basis for developing new or improved biomimetic materials for bone replacement and for the regenerative therapy of hard tissues.

In his address, DFG President Professor Matthias Kleiner emphasized that the prize is a tribute to the scientific personality: “In the end it is always individuals who advance science and research, driven by their own thirst for knowledge, their own curiosity and their own courage to ask new questions and explore new terrain.”

Prize Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the IBMT,
Prof. Dr. Z. Hugh Fan

Prof. Dr. Z. Hugh FanProf. Dr. Z. Hugh Fan has received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Fraunhofer Bessel Research Award for his services to research and teaching. The prize, which is worth 45,000 euros, offers the winner a research visit of several months at the Fraunhofer IBMT. Professor Fan is Associate Professor at the University of Florida, Visiting Professor at Dublin City University and also has many years’ experience of working in industry. His research interests include microfluidics, BioMEMS (Biomedical MicroElectroMechanical Systems), sensors and bioengineering.

Professor Fan will be a guest at the Fraunhofer IBMT in Potsdam from May 2010; during this time he will work on joint projects with the Fraunhofer scientists, as well as giving seminars and lectures.

Prof. H. Nicolai receives Einstein Medal 2010

For his “fundamental contributions to understanding the symmetries of Einstein’s theory of gravity and their extensions as well as for his outstanding research in the field of quantum gravity”, the Berne-based Albert Einstein Society has awarded the Einstein Medal for 2010 to Prof. Dr. Hermann Nicolai, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics. This award is given for outstanding scientific research, publications or studies connected with Albert Einstein.

Prof. K. Danzmann becomes elected to Fellowship in theof American Physical Society

For his leading international role in the field of gravitational wave research, Professor Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and Head of the Institute for Gravitational Physics at the Leibniz University ofUniversität Hannover, will shortly bewas recently appointed a Fellowelected to Fellowship of in the American Physical Society (APS). This honour is only given to 0.5% of members of the APS.

GDCh Award of Sponsorship: Dr. K. Skrabania

Dr. Katja Skrabania, researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, has been honoured with the 2009 award of sponsorship by the GDCH Detergent Chemistry Division at the European Detergents Conference in Würzburg. This prize is awarded for outstanding scientific work in basic research in detergent and cleaning materials and is endowed with 2,500 euros. The prize-winning work: “The multifarious self-assembly of triblock copolymers: From multi-responsive polymers and multi-compartment micelles.”

Young researchers at the Albert Einstein Institute receive publication prize

The 500 euro prize for the best publication by young scientists in the Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (JSTAT) for 2008 goes is awarded to three young research scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute). The prize-winning article by Max Planck research group leader Dr. Niklas Beisert and his doctoral students Till Bargheer and Florian Loebbert investigates the bafflingsurprising properties of string theory, which were hitherto the preserveknown only of from solid-state physics modelling and models of magnetism.

At the start

10th setup grant approved for the University of Potsdam

With their setup idea for an “Institute for Game Analysis” (IfS), Christoph Dreckmann and Karsten Görsdorf have received the 10th setup grant to be awarded at the University of Potsdam. The IfS will introduce the new strategies for communicating tactical information between trainers and players developed at the Institute for Sport Science of the University of Augsburg, along with new methods of proving the effectiveness of this procedure, into coaching practice in competitive sport. The services they plan to offer include: video training, tactical game analysis, verifying the communication processes between trainers and teams and training measures for trainers in the sense of ‘coach the coach’.

“The setup grant gives us the time and space to develop our business idea,” say founders Christoph Dreckmann and Karsten Görsdorf. Their Institute for Game Analysis is likely to be set up some time this year.

Through the financial support of the setup grant, founder teams of up to three people have a year in which to intensively prepare their setup project and contemplate all the necessary steps. They also receive support from the University of Potsdam’s BIEM CEIP setup network. The requirement for a successful application is that the setup proposal must concern an innovative science- or technology-oriented entrepreneurial idea. As well as covering their living costs, the grant provides the founders with coaching resources during this period and reimbursement of their material costs. The setup grant is a non-repayable award. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Advice and other information on the setup grant is provided by the team at the GO:INcubator, with help on how to apply and use the setup grant within the University of Potsdam’s setup network.
www.goincubator.de

Startup programme for young software company

Over the next two years, Yukka Gmbh will receive support from the GFFT (Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Forschungstransfers e.V.) as part of the startup programme. Yukka GmbH is a software company which has specialised in the automatic processing of unstructured data. It offers a semantic data mining application which sorts documents automatically. In addition, the Yukka GreenBox recognises the language of a document and automatically filters out duplicate content.

With their Yukka GreenBox software application they have developed a business intelligence solution which can easily be integrated in a company’s existing IT infrastructure. The company was set up in March 2009 by two computer linguists at the University of Potsdam, Kai Sippel and Nikolaus Werner, and an internationally trained MBA, Stefan Kupferberg.

Yukka is the winner of the setup competition sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Siemens Senior Coaching Service at the BIEM CEIP of the University of Potsdam. During the one-year support through the EXIST setup grant, they have been supported by the setup network of the University of Potsdam through the GO:INcubator.

Winner of the Senior Coaching Service Competition 2009

Jann Jacobs, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Potsdam, Friedrich Winskowski, Geschäftsführer des Standortmanagements im Wissenschaftspark sowie Rainer Borgmann-Quade, Vorsitzender des FRÖBEL e.V.
Dr. Inge Schlotzhauer (MWFK) presents the Senior Coaching Service prize to the Signavio team.

Professional coaching by current and former managers of German companies and a cash prize of 2,500 euros is now available to the winners of the Senior Coaching competition, the team at “Signavio”. The software they have developed simplifies and optimises the planning and control of business flows. According to the young entrepreneurs, it is the first wholly web-based solution in the world. The team around Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske of the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam comprises Nicolas Peters, Dr. Gero Decker, Willi Tscheschner and Torben Schreiter. Eighteen startup teams from universities in the Brandenburg region entered the competition. The prize money was awarded for the sixth time by the SIEMENS company.

Transfer to new premises

Centre for Science and Technology Transfer at University of Potsdam has a new home.

Whether it’s guidance on planning a career, advice on starting up on your own or help with setup proposals or joint R&D projects between science and industry, the new “Science and Technology Transfer InfoPoint” at the University of Potsdam is the central contact point for students, scientists and businesses, and for alumni too. Since 11 December 2009, all visitors have been welcomed at the centre’s new premises at the University of Potsdam, (Am Neuen Palais, building 9).

“Our main aim is to commercialise research results at the University of Potsdam,” emphasises Professor Dr Dieter Wagner, vice-president for science and technology transfer at the University of Potsdam. But of course Brandenburg’s largest university also has a mission to educate. And it is for exactly these two purposes, in other words both imparting knowledge and transferring research results into practical applications, that a whole series of special facilities have been established at the university. These include UP Transfer, which styles itself as the “interface between university and industry”, the BIEM CEIP Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Career Service, which provides students with help and advice on careers. Along with other institutions, they are based together at the University’s Centre for Science and Technology Transfer. Here researchers can obtain additional resources for their research projects, while companies can use their contacts in science to reduce their own research and development costs.
www.uni-potsdam.de/praxis

Diverse

pearls – Potsdam Research Network: A new pearl at GO:IN

Jann Jacobs, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Potsdam, Friedrich Winskowski, Geschäftsführer des Standortmanagements im Wissenschaftspark sowie Rainer Borgmann-Quade, Vorsitzender des FRÖBEL e.V.
Dr. Babette Regierer, Potsdam Research Network

The Potsdam’s pearls research network is now settled in its new premises at the GO:IN. pearls was created in 2009 at the initiative of the University of Potsdam and represents a unique network of 21 top-class research establishments across the country. Besides the University of Potsdam, the pearls network includes research establishments from all German scientific organisations and the Hasso Plattner Institute. The name pearls symbolises the pearls of science to be found in Potsdam, each and every one of the Potsdam institutes has a nationally and internationally recognised profile. The aim of the network is to increase interdisciplinary cooperation between the partner institutes, initiate new and innovative research projects and raise the profile of Potsdam’s research expertise through a joint website. The encouragement of young researchers is one of its key concerns and the most important investment in the future. As the central pillar in the pearls network, the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS) has set itself the goal of producing a new generation of researchers in Potsdam that is fit for both national and international competition.

The pearls network will be among those with a stand at the Long Night of Science. The team looks forward to seeing you on 5 June 2010 in building 26 on the University of Potsdam campus in Golm.

Contact point for ambitious setup projects on the Potsdam-Golm Science Park

Jann Jacobs, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Potsdam, Friedrich Winskowski, Geschäftsführer des Standortmanagements im Wissenschaftspark sowie Rainer Borgmann-Quade, Vorsitzender des FRÖBEL e.V.
The GO:INcubator team (left to right) – Carsten Kleinert, Carolin B. Schneider, Anja Lauterbach, Friedrich W. Winskowski, Dr. Jan Alberti

Since spring 2007 the GO:INcubator on the Potsdam-Golm Science Park has looked after over 70 setup projects in the field of natural sciences and technology.

In 2009 alone it supported a wide range of setup projects with Breecon GmbH, ITAVA GmbH, YUKKA GmbH, Signavio GmbH and Metabolomic Discoveries UG. Until April 2010 the GO:INcubator will still be financed from the resources of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the EXIST grant. To ensure the long-term future and further development of the advisory service provided at the Potsdam-Golm Science Park after government financing runs out, the GO:INcubator GmbH company has been set up. In cooperation with the project team, a concept has been developed to transfer the GO:INcubator approach to other higher education establishments in Brandenburg. The main partner here will be the BIEM e.V. (Brandenburg Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises), which hopes to establish incubator support for teams of young entrepreneurs at other universities and colleges in Brandenburg. In addition GO:INcubator GmbH, which will be run by director Friedrich Winkowski and business administration graduate Jan Alberti, will set up an advisory service which will also be available to established companies. This service will include advice on finance and support grants, staff recruitment and staff qualification, and on marketing.

Still excellent: University of Potsdam in first place in “Founders Ranking 2009”

University of Potsdam

In recent competitions on “From student to entrepreneur: which university offers the best opportunities?”, the University of Potsdam has always ranked among the top three.
In 2009 it won the top spot. The list drawn up by Professor Jürgen Schmude of the chair for economic geography and tourism at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is based on eight differently weighted criteria. For example, the quality of knowledge transfer and support with business setups is assessed both within and outside the university context. Other criteria included basic conditions surrounding higher education policy, external networking and company setup activities.

The University of Potsdam views its victory in this year’s university founders ranking as a “reward” for its consistent efforts with business setups over the last few years.

Bookmarked

Management and setup skills for natural scientists

Through the EPE (Entrepreneurial Postgraduate Education) project the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BIEM CEIP) at the University of Potsdam offers postgraduates and postdocs structured, application-based training programmes for learning management and setup skills. The lectures focus on planning a career oriented towards the labour market, and how to think and act like an entrepreneur. Apart from subject-specific knowledge, which is taught by experienced experts from the business world, the emphasis is on personal experience through interdisciplinary cooperation and the acquisition of management and key qualifications.

As part of the course, participants from the current 11 different Potsdam research establishments form interdisciplinary teams and have great fun coming up with a whole range of creative business ideas.

The twelve-month “Science goes Market” programme provides participants with comprehensive, broadly based economic and scientific management training. As well as two personal consulting sessions, once a month during the year topics such as the basics of business studies and finance, but also scientific management and application strategy are studied in a coordinated curriculum. EPE also arranges visits to companies, puts interested parties in touch with setup consultants such as the team at GO:INcubator or the pilot service, and issues invitations to regional network events on the subject of entrepreneurship.

From October 2010, the EPE service will be permanently integrated as part of doctoral training at the University of Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS).  www.epe.ceip.de

Intensive course for founders: EPE Summer School

As an alternative to the longer “Science goes Market” programme, there is also the option to attend an intensive 6-9-day block event, the “EPE Summer School”. Led by professionals, the whole-day events are spent fleshing out existing business ideas in discussion with economists and developing new ideas. The aim is to work out a business plan while acquiring the specialist knowledge required to do this.

EPE Summer School now in English

This year the EPE Summer School will take place in July 2010 in three consecutive blocks. This means not only that the length and concept of the EPE Summer School is changing, but this year for the first time it will also be offered in English. The 3x3 day concept is arranged as follows: from 1-3 July, participants will be given insights into how to come up with business ideas, create a business plan and the importance of international marketing and sales. During the following week, the second block from 8-10 July will be devoted to specific questions on legal forms, cooperation and participation models and financing. At the end, the teams will present the business plans they have developed in consultation with economists.
In the final block from 15-17 July 2010, participants can build on the knowledge and strategic setup management they have learned in the tried and tested TrainInc simulation game. Anyone interested can register for a place immediately. Firm bookings can be made on the EPE homepage from 01 May 2010.

Contact and information:
Dr. Clemens Eberle, Katja Reisswig
www.epe.ceip.de

Overnight discovery trip

Long Night of Science on 5 June 2010, 5.00 pm to 1.00 am

Picture, Overnight discovery tripIn 2010 the University of Potsdam, like many other academic institutions in Potsdam and Berlin, will once again be hosting events during the Long Night of Science. Get ready for 5 June. From 5.00 pm to 1.00 am the Golm Campus will once again be transformed into the great mile of knowledge. Preparations for this have run at full speed. The university’s partners this year include the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP and Biomedical Technology IBMT, which will be presenting their own projects. Colleagues from the University of Potsdam will also be bringing a wealth of ideas to the programme, which ranges from lectures, presentations, exhibitions of musical acts, performances, readings to live music and theatre. The aim is to offer visitors on this “Cleverest Night of the Year” an insight into how the university works from as many different angles as possible. On 5 June, the aim is to introduce guests of all ages to the broad spectrum of academic institutions based on the Science Park. The event is aimed especially at families, which is why there are also special events for children.

In June 2009 the University of Potsdam took part in the Long Night of Science for the first time, and the result was a great success. Four thousand visitors came to Potsdam-Golm last year.

The events at the University of Potsdam on 5 June 2010 can be viewed on our website from May.  www.uni-potsdam.de/lndw/index.php