CENTRE OF RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
Research and science have a long and important tradition in Potsdam since the middle of the 19th century and are characterised largely by activities in the fields of astrophysics, geodesy and gravitational research. After the German reunification the academic and research structure was reorganised, resulting in a further influx of important scientific institutions which are now supplemented by social sciences and the humanities. Thus one of the most powerful research sites was created representing the whole of the scientific spectrum from highly abstract general theoretical research to specialised applied research. Interdisciplinary and international networks provide a basis for intellectual exchange.