The Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) in Berlin was opened on April 3. It is meant to serve as an interdisciplinary research environment in which the "best young digital minds", from all over the world can develop and design. The aim is to carry out innovative research on digitization and offer the best education opportunities for talented young scientists. The ECDF is a public-private partnership that thinks big, not small: around 50 new professorships are to be offered – 32 already have been. In addition, alongside universities and independent research institutes, companies and ministries are also involved.
According to information from heise.de , 20 companies have invested around EUR 38.5 million in the project, with a running time of six years. For every Euro from industry, the city of Berlin has also contributed 50 cents. Eight independent research institutes and the Berlin universities have contributed EUR 8.5 million for appointments. Four of the planned 50 professorships have already been filled. The research fields include, amongst others, digitization in medicine and the world of work, as well as the Internet of Things.