Cooperation and Innovation in the Founding- and Technology Centre FUBIC
The district of Dahlem is already considered to be one of the most important technological locations in Berlin where science and research is driven forward. Among the ‘top dogs’ are:
- Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
- Institut für Molekulare Genetik
- Three institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
- Das Zuse Institut Berlin (ZiB)
- Die Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
A new founding- and technology centre is now to be added. The ‘Business and Innovation Center next to Freie Universität Berlin Campus“ (FUBIC) is being established on the former site of the U.S. hospital in Fabeckstraße 62 and is said to be finished by 2020/21. The second largest founding campus is an attractive location for new enterprises to implement their innovative ideas.
It is planned to accommodate offices, laboratories, conference rooms, and co-working spaces. Such a research- and technology centre offers a healthy breeding ground for an economic future, not only for Berlin but for the whole country. New products, procedures and - above all - new workplaces will be created here. The overall 60 to 80 companies will deal with the so-called life-sciences, as for example, botany, genetics, molecular biology, bio chemistry etc. as well as researching health- and climate issues. Investments, estimated to be 50 million Euros, are covered by public funds up to 90 per cent. WISTA GmbH invests in the project by funding the remaining ten per cent.
Start-ups and established entrepreneurs view the future together
Not losing sight of the future during this project is also reflected in the way the companies are set up, shared between established and young enterprises: 60 per cent of the centre is to be made available to start-ups and 40 per cent to established companies. The commitment for innovations, creativity, and the wealth of experience of the young and the old can interact with one another in a natural manner. The geographical vicinity of the university also offers possibilities for innovation and research.
However, current ecological aspects must not be neglected. Therefore, already today sustainable energy concepts and an efficient mobility are part of the campus to be set up here and in its vicinity. The quarter is also to become a test area for autonomous vehicles driven by regenerative energy; public transport with its relevant bus system is also part of this. A new signal control system looks after a more efficient traffic flow.
A centre of this size needs a lot of power. Under the name of ‘DECARB Berlin Südwest‘ WISTA-MANAGEMENT GmbH sets up an ambitious energy concept with the help of a funding by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft (BMWi) [Federal Ministry of Economics]: Renewable energy sources guarantee the power supply of the 50,000 square metres of the campus and the immediate vicinity. Altogether the site comprises 250,000 square metres and includes the Freie Universität Berlin and the Botanische Garten. This requires a relevant infrastructure as well as a smart energy- and material flow management to be adapted to the different requirements in the quarter. The thus collected data are furthermore to be used to reduce possible reserves and anxieties of the inhabitants within the city quarter.
Challenges and opportunities, that point to an optimistic future and a readiness for research.