New Fraunhofer Conference Center at the Potsdam-Golm Science Park
On 23 June 2016 the Fraunhofer Conference Center was inaugurated in the presence of Brandenburg’s Minister of Science Dr. Martina Münch, Fraunhofer Chairman Prof. Dr. Georg Rosenfeld, and the President of the University of Potsdam Prof. Dr. Oliver Günther. The new building is ideal for events with up to 250 participants and is available for conferences, workshops and network meetings.
The need for space for internal events, meetings for major joint projects, and national and international conferences is growing thanks to the successful scientific and business developments at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP located at the Potsdam-Golm Science Park. The conference center can be used for events by Fraunhofer institutes and neighboring institutes on campus, as well as by other scientific institutions.
With financial support from the federal government and the state of Brandenburg, the conference center was built over the past one and a half years at a cost of around 3.6 million euros as part of the third expansion phase of the Fraunhofer IAP. It was designed by the architects Schmidt-Schicketanz and Partner GmbH, who had designed the Fraunhofer IAP’s Application Center which opened in 2012. The building, which is fitted with state-of-the-art conference technology, is shared with the division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI-BB located in Potsdam. The 275 m² conference room can be divided into two and can, therefore, be used for two events simultaneously.
The inauguration event will be opened by Professor Alexander Böker, head of the Fraunhofer IAP. Around 80 people from science, politics and business are expected to attend, as well as numerous employees from both Fraunhofer Institutes and from the Science Park.
The opening speeches were followed by a lecture program on the topic of functional integration in polymer materials.