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Research at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

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

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Institute for Applied Research (IaF)

The Institute for Applied Research Urban Futures (IaF) takes up inter- and transdisciplinary questions of urban developments and works on them in research projects. Despite its supra-regional and international network, the IaF also sees itself as a catalyst for applied research in cooperation with regional actors. It supports interdisciplinary cooperation as well as the dynamization and expansion of research collaborations with practical partners from business, administration, and civil society.

Institute for Applied Research Urban Futures

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In order to bundle the research activities more strongly with a view to the current challenges of our society, the research profile has been continuously developed both disciplinarily and strengthened interdisciplinarily in recent years. In recent years, teaching, research and transfer activities have increasingly been realized within the university in the subject areas of Urban Futures, Interaction Design and Information Visualization, Digitization and Data Management, Social Transformation and Early Childhood Education Research.
As a result of these activities, the three profile lines Digital Transformation – Urban Futures, Educating Society and Designing∙Building∙Preserving have been established, which address social challenges and future issues across 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 the handling of research data. Currently, an accompanying handout with recommendations for the specific subject culture of the University Of Applied Sciences Potsdam is being worked on. 

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Forschungsdaten-Leitlinie der Fachhochschule Potsdam (PDF, 428.2 KB)
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On the initiative of Prof. Dr. Heike Neuroth an internal working group (WG) on the topic of research data management was formed at the beginning of 2020 in order to keep an eye on the growing requirements for handling research data. The working group unites employees with different areas of expertise. In addition to qualified scientists, 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 the University Of Applied Sciences Potsdam and, at the same time, expands the range of consulting and support services offered by the Research Service related to the topic.

The WG can be reached via

We have provided you with a overview with background information on research data management and examples of data management plans and/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 ZEFT is available for advice and assistance in applying for research projects.