Difference as a strong basis
- Professor Christine Ahrend, vice president for research, appointment strategy, knowledge & technology transfer
- © David Ausserhofer
Vice president for research, appointment strategy, knowledge & technology transfer Professor Christine Ahrend’s contribution to the Alliance application was primarily in the area of top level research and the development of knowledge exchange.
I was able to initiate a very fruitful scientific-political discussion about top level research and knowledge exchange (KE) within the Alliance. We are committed to the unity of science and technology transfer and regard the principle of transdisciplinary research as highly beneficial. This is a source of particular pleasure to me. At TU Berlin we have also developed transdisciplinary forums (TraFo). These formed the blueprint for the “PreResearch Forum” in fall 2018, the first joint undertaking of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA).
The research groups are already demonstrating how our different areas of focus and our different perspectives, experience, and networks complement each other. Networking and joint activities in KE and science communication will further open up Berlin as a center of science and research to society, both within Germany and abroad. I have a real sense of dynamism and I very much hope that our differences can form a strong basis for the BUA.