Since summer 2011, PIK has been using the building of the former photographic refractor as a studio for visiting artists and a place where scientists and artists can come together.
The building known as Kleiner Fotorefraktor is situated opposite PIK's main building. It contains a small kitchen (formerly the photographic lab) and a bright working area beneath the dome which used to house a telescope especially made for the photography of stars. From the late 19th century on, Potsdam astronomers contributed to a - never completed - international star map.
The resident artists are thus brought to the heart of the Albert Einstein science park and integrated into the PIK community. Grant-holders are selected by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Potsdam Town and PIK. Artistic Director Margret Boysen takes care of the artists.
The historic buildings of the institute and its high-performance computer are located on Potsdam’s Telegraphenberg campus. At PIK, researchers in the natural and social sciences from all over the world work closely together to study global change and its impacts on ecological, economic and social systems. Researchers examine the earth system's capacity for withstanding human interventions and devise strategies and options for a sustainable development of humankind and nature. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of the institute.
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