School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA)

School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA)

Analytical Sciences are at the core of many of today’s fundamental and applied scientific problems and innovations. Progress in Analytical Sciences is only possible if the underlying multidisciplinary character is acknowledged and valued, and if the current fragmentation of the field can be overcome.

The Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, SALSA, is focused on a fundamental renaissance in Analytical Sciences that will simultaneously transform the field into a coherent discipline located at the interface of chemistry, biology, and physics. Analytical problem solving at tomorrow’s level of complexity can only be taught and learned using an approach that is integrative and multidisciplinary with respect to both doctoral work and the accompanying curriculum. SALSA will address this need with a unique group of PIs from disciplines that include physics, analytical and physical chemistry, synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, modeling, and didactics. SALSA will develop its multidisciplinary research through three interconnected pairs of guiding themes, Limits & Scales, Sensitivity & Selectivity, and Make & Measure, which cover the fundamental analytical questions of the future.

The central element of the SALSA curriculum is the introduction of intensified case-based learning as pedagogical innovation, which will disrupt traditional learning and teaching patterns and give rise to new and innovative methods of knowledge acquisition and management in Analytical Sciences. Based on its multidisciplinary approach to graduate research and education, the school will contribute to the renewal of Analytical Sciences in Germany at a unique focal location, "Analytic City Adlershof". Further decisive elements are an international tandem in teaching and research with PIs in the Analytical Sciences at ETH Zürich and an intense collaboration with small and medium enterprises in Adlershof through dedicated Application Labs, which will interface research groups with local and external business partners, offering a significant added value to education.

Outreach activities of the Graduate School will transport the importance of Analytical Sciences education and research into the public at large. SALSA’s character will inspire a new mindset towards Analytical Sciences in the academic community and embody a Humboldtian core idea: The curious individual observing nature through accurate measurement.








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Prof. Dr. Janina Kneipp (Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne (Chemistry)