The Einstein Forum
Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, was often a center of critical thinking. When Frederick the Great invited Voltaire to Sans Souci, or Albert Einstein made Caputh his summer home, local and international intellectual forces combined to reflect on the central issues of their times. In establishing the Einstein Forum in 1993, the State of Brandenburg affirmed its commitment to renewing Potsdam's traditional role as a center of the Enlightenment, in the very broadest sense.
As an institution whose mission is to develop work on and between the borders of different fields, the Einstein Forum is not limited to particular research topics. It's program is divided into four general areas: ethics and society, the past as present, understanding nature, art and knowledge. The following pages present examples of lectures and workshops offered in the recent past.
The Einstein Forum bears responsibility for the Einstein summer house at Caputh, a small secluded retreat near Potsdam where Albert Einstein received guests as varied as Max Planck and Rabindranath Tagore. The house is currently used on ceremonial occasions such as receptions for the Einstein Forum's annual Nobel Laureate lectures, and will be available for other purposes following complete restoration.