BAM has been ensuring safety in technology and chemistry since 1871. New technologies have always guided BAM's work. When gas cylinders filled with hydrogen detonated on the Tempelhofer Feld in 1894, it became clear for the first time what dangers new technologies could bring. BAM's predecessor institution at that time was commissioned to investigate the cause of the accident. Since then, BAM has grown with technological change and has taken on new tasks - to be read in the anniversary edition of the BAM Report 2020/21.

"Future technologies and innovations are important drivers for the development of society and essential for the competitiveness of companies," says BAM president Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne. "Science plays an important role in testing these technologies and creating trust for them. This also requires us to see ourselves as not only creating facts with our work, but also making science explainable for society."


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How it all began...

It all started with a small test station in the Berlin Trade Academy - the mission has remained the same throught all epochs: BAM supports progress and ensures safety in technology and chemistry.

BAM in the mirror of time

Who we are and what we do

What interdisciplinary cooperation at BAM looks like is shown by our employees from various departments - from analytical chemistry to administration to materials technology.