The Albert Einstein Science Park is located on the hill Telegrafenberg in Potsdam, Germany. The park was named after the physicist Albert Einstein. The best known buildings in the park are the Einstein Tower, an astrophysical observatory that was built to perform checks of Einstein's theory of General Relativity and the Great Refractor of Potsdam, which today belong to the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam. These buildings, along with various astronomical, meteorological, and geophysical observatories were integrated into an English country garden. The park had already been designed by the middle 19th century according to plans by the architect Paul Emanuel Spieker on Telegrafenberg Since 1992 the following newly founded institutes have properties situated on the grounds such as German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. In the 1990s the historical buildings were extensively restored and numerous new buildings were erected. The Einstein Tower and the observatory of the Great Refractor of Potsdam also host exhibits. The focus of research at the GFZ is the solid Earth - from a regional to a global scale. The principle goal of our research is to understand and assess this highly complex non-linear system and its interacting sub-systems. Key issues include the observation of the effects of global change as well as research on natural hazards and resources. Promoting young scientists is an important issue for us at the GFZ. Our young scientists successfully apply for renowned research grants and are organized within several promotional programmes and activities. Long term research objectives at the GFZ are realized within the framework of five-year programmes under the overarching topic-oriented Helmholtz Research Programmes. The GFZ Research Sections centre around this topic-oriented research structure. Every programme includes several research topics that are defined by Helmholtz programme oriented funding. Different working groups carry out research on the specific thematic areas with the respective topics. Here, the GFZ works in close collaboration with other Helmholtz Centers. The GFZ holds the lead for the programme Geosystem: The Changing Earth.