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Research at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

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Along a broad spectrum of subjects, there are diverse research activities at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in the departments of Social and Educational Sciences, CITY | BUILDING | CULTURE, Civil Engineering, Design as well as Information Sciences. These are characterised by a particular application orientation and specific research methods in all of the research areas anchored at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

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Institute for Applied Research (IaF)

The IaF takes up inter- and transdisciplinary questions of urban development and works on them in research projects. Despite its supra-regional and international networking, the IaF also sees itself as a catalyst for applied research in cooperation with regional actors. It supports interdisciplinary cooperation as well as the dynamisation and expansion of research cooperation with practical partners from business, administration and civil society.

Institute for Applied Research Urban Futures

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In order to bundle research activities more strongly with a view to the current challenges of our society, the research profile has been continuously developed both disciplinarily and interdisciplinarily in recent years. In recent years, activities in teaching, research and transfer have increasingly been realised within the university in the subject areas of urban futures, interaction design and information visualisation, digitisation and data management, socialt transformation and early childhood education research.
As a result of these activities, the three profile lines digital transformation – urban futures, educating society and design∙build∙preserve have been established, which address social challenges and future issues across the disciplines.

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Research data management

The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam supports the cultural change towards more openness and transparency in science, research and teaching, among other things, through its guideline on handling research data. An accompanying handout with recommendations for the specific subject culture of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is currently being developed.

On the initiative of Prof. Dr. Heike Neuroth, an internal working group (WG) on the topic of research data management was founded at the beginning of 2020 to keep an eye on the growing requirements for handling research data. The working group brings together staff with different areas of expertise. In addition to academics with specialist expertise, colleagues from the research service, the library and the IT department as well as the data protection officer are also represented in the working group. The working group promotes the structural anchoring of research data management at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and at the same time expands the advisory and support services of the Research Service with regard to the topic.

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We have compiled an overview with background information on research data management and examples of data management plans or tools for creating them, as well as a collection of links to external training and qualification opportunities.

Contact research service

The research service at the research and transfer unit is available for advice and support in applying for research projects.