The city of Potsdam with its population of 150,000 is the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. Located just at the gates of the German capital Berlin, the old summer residence of Prussian kings is famous for its parks and palaces that are World Heritage Sites. The city is surrounded by lakes and the river Havel and provides excellent conditions for rowing and canoeing – even Olympic athletes are training in Potsdam.
Potsdam has become a center of science in Germany. In addition to its university and other colleges of higher education, there are more than 30 research institutes in the city, ranging from astrophysics to Jewish studies and molecular plant physiology. The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is situated at the Science Park Potsdam-Golm, a research campus on the western outskirts of Potsdam that has developed into a research cluster in physics, chemistry, and life sciences. It is home to the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences of the University of Potsdam, three Max Planck Institutes, two Fraunhofer Institutes, and a business incubator. A regional train connection allows reaching Berlin downtown in 45 minutes.