The picturesque town of Potsdam lies amid the vast landscape of the river Havel and its lakes, directly neighboring the metropolis Berlin. The past 300 years have seen the transformation of Potsdam from a garrison town to becoming one of Europe’s most imposing royal capitals with numerous baroque creations and 17 palaces surrounded by opulent landscaped parks. With the “Tolerance Edict from Potsdam” in 1685, the Great Elector and Duke of Prussia Frederick William opened the Mark Brandenburg for persecuted protestants that came as skilled craftsmen from all over Europe to Potsdam. Today the Dutch Quarter, the Russian Colony Alexandrovka, the Bohemian Weaver quarter and the numerous Italian style villas create an international atmosphere. For the city of science and film history, the historic scenery with the beautiful park landscape acts as an inspiring and productive setting for Universities and non-academic institutions. Science, technology, research, education and cultural organizations work together in a spirit of collaboration and synergy. Rich in tradition with stars like Marlene Dietrich the famous Potsdam-Babelsberg film studios have developed into a modern media- and high-tech centre. National and international motion picture productions have garnered prize winners in Berlin, Cannes and Hollywood.