These first findings presented in this paper are not intended to give scientific explanations to the described research-questions. Further inquiry is needed especially in the changing structures emerging in and through UniCat. They can only be adequately observed over a long period of time and therefore we would like to continue data collection in the cluster.

Finally we would like to thank the participating scientists inside UniCat and the control-group for the superior recourse and the time they have spent for the interviews, as well as the interest and trust in our sociological research.

The described concept implies the chance to gain insights in the manifold processes and the complex social life in such a big and research association. It opens up possibilities to reflect and to get a better understanding of the phenomena for both scientists in the cluster and social researchers. There is the chance not just to learn from each other, but with each other.


Grit Petschick (gritpetschick(at) und 
Robert J. Schmidt (

FG Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
Technische Universität Berlin, FR 1054
Phone: +49 (0)30 314-73309
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Prof. Dr. Nina Baur

Nina Baur
Technische Universität Berlin
Inst. f. Soziologie / FG Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
Franklinstraße 28/29
Berlin , 10587
+49 30 314-22811