News & Events

Change in innoFSPEC management

In February, our long-term colleague Dr. Silvia Adelhelm left innoFSPEC Potsdam to accept a new position at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. There she is head of the strategy and development division.

Silvia has been working with us for many successful years. With her background in business administration and her long-term experience in industry, she helped to transfer innoFSPEC findings into prosperous innovations. She had a determined focus on the productive outcomes of the project. Furthermore, she helped our team to foster transdisciplinary interaction and to develop new innovation approaches –beyond narrow natural science focus.

Dear Silvia, we will always appreciate your very personal and executive input at innoFSPEC. All the best for your private and professional future!

If you wish to contact Silvia at her new position please use: silvia.adelhelm[at]

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innoFSPEC fibres on Potsdam Science Park tram

Colorful from A to B: Early on January 23, 2020, the first Potsdam Science Park tram left the factory building of the Verkehrsbetriebe Potsdam (ViP). The tram will now be used on various lines throughout the Potsdam city area. The middle module on both sides of the tram is decorated with a scientific image. On one side, you can see optical fibres from innoFSPEC (photo taken by Dr. Roland Hass).

So keep your eyes open in Potsdam, and you will discover the Science Park tram with "our" fibres on it!

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photo: StaGo/Hinz

Next Joint Lab workshop – register now!

Our second Joint Lab workshop will take place on Friday, 14 February 2020, in Potsdam Science Park. The workshop is planned as a full-day event starting on 9 am and deals with success factors for joint labs as longterm cooperations between academia, industry and society.

Renown speakers will present insights from practice and we will discuss these further together with our guests. The event is jointly supported by the University of Potsdam, Potsdam Transfer (Inno-UP), innoFSPEC and Fraunhofer Leistungszentrum, Golm. For more information and registration please use this link:


innoFSPEC supporting bioplastic development from waste

Scientists from various disciplines and institutions work in the development of biodegradable plastic with good product properties. In a joint project between TU Berlin and innoFSPEC, waste fats are used as raw materials. Our collegue Thomas Schiewe is responsible for inline monitoring of the underlying production process. The overall aim of the project is to develop a substitute for the relatively inexpensive conventional plastic, i.e. to make bioplastic as cheap and resource-saving as possible to produce.

Details on this project were published in the recent „Portal Wissen“ journal (1/2020). For more insights read the full article here.

Light diagnosis directly on the patient

Many paths lead to personalized medicine. Scientists from innoFSPEC Potsdam and B CUBE Dresden make use of optical fibres and novel nanostructured materials with the aim, for example, to detect and to treat cancer. Recently, this new project called OptiZeD has started which was the background for an article published on the BMBF website, program "Innovation und Strukturwandel:

For more info on the OptiZeD project, please go here.