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The M4Dconf 2022 Conference will be organized as hybrid event - with limited number of places for physical attendance in Berlin.

All sessions will provide video conferencing rooms for virtual attendees. Recordings of the presentations and sessions will also be available for participants to review until the end of December 2022.

The Berlin Institute introduces itself

The Berlin Institute (IB) houses the historical origin of the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt (PTR), which was founded in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 1887 on the initiative of Werner von Siemens and Hermann von Helmholtz. In a varied history, outstanding personalities of physics were active for the PTR (History of the PTR/PTB). In 1953, the PTR was incorporated as Institut Berlin (IB) into the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, which had been founded in Braunschweig in 1950.

Today, two of the nine specialized departments for scientific metrology are located at the IB. Staff members work there in the fields of temperature and physics with synchrotron radiation or medical physics and information technology. In addition to its Charlottenburg Campus, PTB uses the electron storage rings BESSY II of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and its own Metrology Light Source (MLS) in Berlin-Adlershof.

Campus Charlottenburg

The Charlottenburg Campus is the heart of PTB's Berlin Institute. It consists of two areas and is bordered by Marchstraße, Fraunhoferstraße, Kohlrauschstraße and Guerickestraße. The division by a section of Abbestraße was removed by its integration into the institute grounds. Today, just as in the new buildings, the historic buildings contain modern measuring rooms with the highest quality equipment for the tasks of the specialist departments.

The Charlottenburg Campus comprises the main site of the historic Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt on Marchstrasse, and a total of four extensions staggered over time. The site is a listed building ensemble. The oldest building on the Charlottenburg campus is the Observatory, which was inaugurated as the world's first physics laboratory building in 1895 according to plans by Paul Emmanuel Spieker and Theodor Astfalck and was extensively restored in 2012. To the west, the site is rounded off by the Hermann von Helmholtz Building. Like the observatory, the restored hall of the former German Occupational Safety and Health Museum from 1903 is an individual monument and today houses modern measurement laboratories and also a representative lecture hall.

Today, we are striving on the one hand to preserve the tradition, and on the other hand to develop a modern science campus with high functionality and identity-creating design.



Getting to PTB in Berlin-Charlottenburg

In Charlottenburg, PTB is not far from Berlin Zoologischer Garten Railway Station (Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten) (about a 15-minute walk). It is located close to Ernst-Reuter-Platz.

Public transport to PTB’s Berlin Institute

  • Bus M45, Otto-Suhr-Allee bus stop
  • Bus 245, Marchstraße bus stop
  • Bus 101, Cauerstraße/Guerickestraße bus stop
  • U-Bahn (underground): Ernst-Reuter-Platz Station
  • S-Bahn (commuter train): Zoologischer Garten or Tiergarten Stations

From BER Airport Berlin-Branderburg to PTB’s Berlin Institute

Airport Express and regional trains run together four times an hour from the station under Terminal 1 to Berlin Central Station. In addition, the S9 and S45 commuter trains run from T1-2 to downtown Berlin.

From Berlin Central Railway Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) to PTB’s Berlin Institute

Leave the station at the exit to Europaplatz, Invalidenstraße: Bus 245 going to Zoologischer Garten, get off at Dovebrücke bus stop. Walk the way the bus was going as far as Abbestraße (about 100 m), after about 50 m you will see the entrance to PTB on the left-hand side of the street.

Or use the S-Bahn (commuter train) till Railway Station (Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten)

  • S 5 (Going towards Westkreuz)
  • S 7 (Going towards Potsdam Hauptbahnhof)

When you get to Berlin Zoologischer Garten Railway Station (Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten), change to the underground (U-Bahn) and travel to Ernst-Reuter-Platz or get the Bus M45 or Bus 245.


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