Both research focussed and transfer orientated universities – the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and the Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences – have joined together in the "Research axis A13" to form a cross-regional bridge between science, industry and society for the state of Brandenburg.
The Innovation Hub 13 initially distinguishes itself with the three key subjects, "Digital integration", "lightweight construction" and "life science" which were established by both universities during the merger process. The subjects are distinguished by the fact that both universities have proven research and development expertise and satisfy regional demand, and also incorporate this to solve problems. They are, however, also topics which are broadly positioned and can support one another.
The joint transfer project "Innovation Hub 13" enables the universities to promote the mutual exchange between their academic institutions as well as between industry and society more strongly and faster than previously. This involves new transfer paths as well as improved knowledge management across the joint Innovation Hub platform (www.innohub13.de).
The Innovation Hub integrates and organises the various participants involved in innovations with their knowledge and resources, technical infrastructures, as well as methods and interests. This, in turn, aids the development of solutions for problems relating to central social challenges of the project region by means of distributed roles and the expertise of both partners. In this way the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences intend to fulfil their role as innovation driver for the development of the capital city region even more strongly. This commitment is also expressed in a long-term cooperation agreement, which was finalised between both universities in October 2016. Furthermore, the presidents of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and the Wildau Technical University also signed a joint transfer strategy in February 2017, which underlines the work in knowledge and technology transfer as an important pillar alongside research and teaching.