The day-to-day running of the Institute rests on many shoulders. Since its foundation in 1973, the central facilities have guaranteed that “the store runs” — starting with the administration, the library, the technical services and the workshops.
The requirements have changed considerably over the decades. Originally, numerous scientific journals were available in print to scientists in the library. In addition, computer-assisted literature searches were already offered at that time. Digitization is shifting the focus of services from printed to digital media. There used to be a photo lab and a central drawing office, but today hardly anything is done without a computer. The Institute’s own IT department has therefore become increasingly important: it now employs 16 people—twice as many as in the late 1980s.
High-precision scientific equipment for research has been manufactured in the workshops from the very beginning. For the further development of research methods, often very special experimental equipment is required, which is not available on the market in this form.