Continuing Education / Lifelong Learning

Profilbild Ziegler
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Psychological Diagnostics

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Prof. Ziegler and his team’s area of expertise is psychological diagnostics. He successfully collaborated with renowned companies on projects, which focused on the development of competence models, employee surveys, annual performance reviews and occupational aptitude testing. Prof. Ziegler and his team also train individuals or teams on topics of personnel assessment, e.g. assessment centres and interviews. Moreover, Prof. Ziegler develops customised diagnostic processes and evaluates them.

Scientific Services

PC-laboratory with 10 workstations as well as several performance and personality tests.

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  • Accor Hotels Germany: development of competence models
  • SHS VIVEON: realisation of training for interviewers
  • International executive headhunting company: development of customised personality test
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Profilbild Völkle
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Multivariate research methods

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Professor Voelkle is an expert in Quantitative Psychology. He and his team work on the development and adaptation of new assessment procedures, the statistical and mathematical modeling of psychological processes, the design of studies as well as the analysis and interpretation of empirical-psychological data. Special emphasis of the research conducted at professor Voelkle’s lab lies on the analysis of longitudinal data and evaluation research. Professor Voelkle and his team are often involved as consultants in research and development projects in the education and health sector. To improve applied empirical research in the social and life sciences, they have founded the Berlin Methods Group in 2017.

Scientific Services

Powerful computers and access to all common statistical programs

Testimonials
  • Health: Evaluation and statistical advice for psychological-medical research facilities and health insurance companies
  • Education: Evaluation and statistical consulting for private and public project executing organisations
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Profilbild Upmeier
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Biology

Research Biology Education

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Professional School of Education (PSE), Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Bildungsforschung, IZBF), Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg

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The research-based didactics of biology – the science of teaching and learning of biological contents and methods – is essential for the education and training of biology teacher students. One focus area of Prof. Upmeier zu Belzen’s work is the modelling and measuring of competencies in scientific methods for acquiring and consolidating knowledge of pupils, students and teachers. Her team applies qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research. Prof. Upmeier zu Belzen conducts experimental intervention studies to test the effectiveness of support frameworks regarding diagnostic capabilities and the ability to convey knowledge of (prospective) teachers as well as the effectiveness of different educational activities offered to pupils. The transfer of the results into academic practice is supported by relevant publications as well as by trainings for teachers and school administrations.

Scientific Services
  • Substantial collection of didactical media for teaching and learning biology of the Department of Biology
  • Hard- and software for video studies
  • Eye tracker
  • Assessment of teachers’ (school and university) competencies to acquire knowledge
Testimonials
  • Professional School of Education (PSE): as a central institute the PSE is a cross-faculty liaison of education, school and teaching research. The PSE is both a teaching and research unit. Its main focus lies on the education of teachers under the conditions of heterogeneity, and on issues relating to the promotion of the gifted and talented.
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Bildungsforschung, IZBF): the centre’s main function is to examine questions of research on education, theoretically and empirically, and to present and transfer the results to improve educational systems, processes and activities in Germany as well as internationally.
  • Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg: structural unit comprising the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics, informatics, science and technology, comparable to STEM) in all German types of schools and the related transitions, established to develop new techniques of teaching and learning. The unit is sponsored by Deutsche Telekom Stiftung and collaborates with PSE and IZBF. Participating teachers and students complete an internship in companies or institutions in Adlershof in order to learn about value added chains from basic research to high-tech production.
  • Humboldt Bayer Mobil: joint project with the Bayer Science & Education Foundation to promote academic education and to ignite curiosity and enthusiasm for science and research in pupils in grades 5 through 8. This project provides insights in research practices at universities and the private sector, which also supports career prospects in the areas of science and technology.
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Profilbild Schröder
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Geography of Soils and Quarternary Morphology

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Prof. Schröder’s and his team’s research is focused on the non-destructive method of x-ray powder diffractometry to identify and characterise minerals. Subsequently, the powder samples can be analysed by other methods. The method of x-ray powder diffractometry and its content is closely related to the field of mineralogy and crystallography. Therefore, the method is used in materials research and building materials science. The team is working towards an implementation of the method in continuing and adult education, teaching and learning approaches. Materials suitable for x-ray powder diffractometry: Building materials, concrete, mortar, cement, fine and heavy ceramics, rocks, ores, sediments, ash, dust, filter and combustion residues. Potential fields of applications are: Clay mineralogical investigations (soil science - agriculture), archaeometric investigations (ancient colours and paints, bronze patina and archaeological ceramics), identification of unknown crystalline substances (fingerprinting), identification of crystalline phases, qualitative and semi-quantitative analyses of mixtures, isomorphisms, polymorphisms, determination of amorphous and crystalline states as well as state of crystallisation and particle sizes. The analysis is conducted with powder on a matrix < 32 µm and with texture specimen on a matrix < 2 µm.

Scientific Services
  • diffractometer “XRD 3003 Theta/Theta” (by Seifert) with the copper anode, qualitative mineral analysis and semi-quantitative phase analysis using the Rietveld-method
  • full qualitative mineral analysis and semi-quantitative phase identification using the Rietveld method
  • spectrometer “iCAP 6000” (by Thermo Scientific)
  • multi-element analysis
  • element determination using the ICP-OES acc. to DIN 38406-22
  • determination of the ignition loss
  • measuring of the pH value, the carbonate level, determination of iron soluble in oxalate solution and water content acc. to DIN 19683-4 in the soil
  • determination of the exchange capacity of the soil and replaceable cations acc. to DIN 19684-8
  • determination the composition of grain sizes by sieving acc. to DIN 19683-1, preparation with pyrophosphate of soda acc. to DIN 19683-1 and by laser diffraction
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Profilbild Pinkwart
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Computer Science Education / Computer Science and Society

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Prof. Pinkwart’s research group investigates a range of topics including adaptive educational technologies, computer supported collaborative learning, computer science education methods (especially in the fields of programming and modeling), social media and cooperative systems, and socio-technical systems. In addition, they develop multimodal human-computer interaction methods using interactive surfaces, mobile devices and 3D technologies. Prof. Pinkwart is a well-known member of numerous national and international committees and projects in basic and applied research. His team can offer specialised expertise in computer-assisted education and training, especially in the field of mobile and ubiquitous learning and teaching scenarios, computer-based group learning methods, and adaptive mechanisms in e-learning. In this context, Prof. Pinkwart and his team realise numerous research projects and co-operate with several educational institutions and companies. Concerning socio-technical systems, Prof. Pinkwart’s team conducts research on issues of design, implementation and evaluation of group-oriented software applications (e.g. online communities).

Scientific Services
  • interactive table (multi-touch)
  • electronic boards
  • tablets (20x)
Testimonials
  • co-operation with IT companies: consulting for didactical concepts applied to online courses in the fields of media production and e-learning
  • co-operation with e-learning companies: formation of study groups in large online courses
  • co-operation with automotive supplier: designing human-machine interfaces for production machines 
  • co-operation with automotive manufacturer: multimodal control concepts for car infotainment systems
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Profilbild Krutzik
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Physics

Optical Metrology

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As part of their scientific activity Dr Markus Krutzik and the team members of the.quantum.chapter have acquired an extensive amount of expertise in developing tailored quantum sensors - from key technology to subsystem and system level. Quantum optical sensors and optical clocks are used in high-precision inertial navigation, gravimetry and gradiometry or for the synchronisation of networks. Hence, they are central for navigating GPS-free environments, for geophysics, the exploration of natural resources, the monitoring of climate change, and for addressing fundamental questions of modern physics. Central to their research are compact and robust setups for optical spectrocopy, absolute frequency references, and ultra-cold atom based inertial sensors. For this purpose, the team developed lasers and optical systems for generation and manipulation of light, as well as control software and data management platforms. Their setups are not only operated in laboratory research: They are also used as in field or even in space. In addition to development, testing and operation of atomic quantum sensors, Dr Krutzik and the team gained expert knowledge in all stages of mission and system design, ranging from mission architecture and identification of requirements to system integration and qualification, as well as development of control concepts and data analysis. In addition to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Dr Krutzik is also associated with Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik.

Scientific Services
  • Methods for the design, development and testing of compact, robust and tailored quantum sensors - from component to system level
  • Identification of critical technologies and construction of prototypes
  • Workshops and seminars
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Prof. Hoppe
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Occupational Health Psychology

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Prof. Hoppe’s research is focused on Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) especially on the analysis of work activities to maintain employee health and performance as well as to provide learning and development opportunities. OHP integrates occupational and health psychology with occupational medicine and traditional labor safety, which is insufficient for today’s flexible employment situation. Prof. Hoppe also examines the psychosocial characteristics of a specific workplace, e.g. work requirements or the level of influence on and control over tasks as well as the social working environment. She also studies the effects of these characteristics on employee health and his/her well-being. She investigates how psychosocial work characteristics influence an employee’s motivating factors like job satisfaction and commitment. Particular attention is paid to the situation of migrant and low-skilled workers and the analysis of the impact their workplaces and work environments may have on their health and well-being. Moreover, Prof. Hoppe studies multi-ethnic and -lingual workforces and the effects of diversity on employee health.

Scientific Services
  • risk assessment methods for workplace conditions
  • employee surveys regarding the promotion of health at workplace
Testimonials
  • postal operators, logistics companies, professional care providers, manufacturing companies: execution of employee surveys to gather data on psychosocial strain and resources in the workplace and to analyse effects of stress, job satisfaction and work performance
  • public institutions (e.g. universities, federal ministries), consulting companies, self-employed persons: development of health-related interventions and training sessions via mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets) to facilitate recovery strategies and self-management
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Profilbild Hippel
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Asian and African Studies

Department of Adult Education and Continuing Education

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University of Zurich, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer, DIHK)

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Prof. von Hippel and her team researches adult education and further training, and especially lifelong learning processes in adult education. In this context, they investigate institutions of general and professional further education and vocational training. The team has three special research interests. The first focuses on target groups and participant research. Prof. Hippel investigates why people take part in further education and what motivates them. Furthermore, she studies how people participate in further education. A second field of interest is on organisational research. The team investigates, for example, how different providers of further education develop their organisational structure over time and what kinds of trainings they offer for special target groups. Programme research is the third area of Prof. Hippel’s research. In this unit, the team explores the mechanisms that determine the setting of topics and how professional planning in organisations of further education is enacted. Unlike in schools, further education is not restricted by a set curriculum, but nevertheless content has to be negotiated and agreed on by different players. Existing programmes of further education reflect the demand to date, different interests and anticipated needs and are thus of interest for Prof. von Hippel’s research. For the last 20 years, the department has built up its own archive of further education programmes of Berlin-Brandenburg (Weiterbildungsprogrammarchiv Berlin-Brandenburg). It contains the further education programmes of over 500 institutions, accessible to scientific research and teaching.

Scientific Services
  • group discussions, focus groups and product clinics in the adult and further education sector (innovative method of market analysis for a target group oriented planning of training programmes)
  • contract research in the area of further education (group discussions, surveys based on questionnaires and interviews, programme analyses)
  • training for those employed in adult and further education (e.g. lecturers, programme planners, HR)
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  • several institutions of further education, amongst others for the unit for academic further education of the University of Zurich, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer, DIHK) and public institutions of further education: implementation of product clinics with the aim of target group oriented planning of training programmes for further education
  • direction of a German Research Foundation Project (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) on the subject of planning of continuing vocational training: realisation of case studies in big companies
  • several projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research(Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) related to social milieus and further education: training of further education providers
  • in co-operation with large companies and further education providers: supervision of academic theses
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Profilbild Grunske
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Software Engineering

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At the Chair of Software Engineering, Prof. Grunske and his team specialise in methods of software technology relevant to the field of automated development and quality control of software systems. His work also involves probabilistic techniques on the basis of which the probable and less probable behaviour of a program can be modelled. This allows for easier discovery and correction of software anomalies. Such statistic models are used in the monitoring and debugging of programs during runtime as well as in testing software, which supports the development of safe and reliable software systems. Furthermore, Prof. Grunske develops methods that enable a precise definition of the quality requirements of software systems, the formalisation of verification conditions as well as the (technical) safety in embedded systems and process and performance management.

Scientific Services
  • Software engineering
  • Testing and verification
  • Statistics/probabilistic methods
Testimonials
  • Formalisation of application scenarios in cooperation with TWT GmbH: “Safe.Spec: Quality control of behaviour requirements”
  • Using software systems to derive probabilistic models that can be used as specification during the software engineering process: „EMPRESS: Extracting and Mining of Probabilistic Event Structures from Software Systems”
  • Development of evaluation methods for probabilistic models as well as machine learning based techniques for the transformation of models:  “ENSURE-II: ENsurance of Software evolution by Run-time cErtification”
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