Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Dialogue with Science

Science makes an important contribution to the development of our society. In the public perception, however, it embodies not only progress but is also felt to be a threat to human safety and security. The more the sciences noticeably change the conditions of our lives, the more they are called upon to enter into a constructive dialogue with society. In order to enable citizens to actively participate in this discussion, it requires a broad science education and an understanding of scientific research. The Ernst Schering Foundation pursues these objectives through a variety of initiatives. It organizes and supports science lectures for a wider audience, holds public discussions and symposia on controversial scientific topics, and promotes science communication in Germany. As part of its programs on science education, it helps get children and young people excited about science at an early age.

Who Is Normal?

02.03.2016, Berlin | We are daily challenged by the dignity of every single human being: We perceive and judge deviations from the behavior we expect. Often, however, there is only a fine line between obsession and genius, between melancholy and depression. On April 21, 2016, the Ernst Schering Foundation and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor devote an evening of conversation to this topic to try to define the boundary between disease and health and to explore the historical and cultural contingency of psychiatric concepts of illness and their diagnoses. How tolerant should our society be, and can we define conditions that help those affected find their place in society?

Jacobi - Rotzoll - Linke



The Soul Is an Octopus

27.04.2016, Berlin | What does the soul consist of? How does it govern the human body, and where it is located? These questions will be explored by the exhibition “The Soul Is an Octopus: Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body,” which will be on view at the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité from May 11 until September 11, 2016. It presents key conceptions of body and soul that were developed by physicians and philosophers between 500 BC and 500 AD and connects them to our ideas today.

Die Seele ist ein Oktopus



European Conference of Life Science Funders and Foundations

05.04.2016, Berlin / Heidelberg | The 21st century has been widely proclaimed as the “century of the life sciences.” Their impact is expected to profoundly alter the way we live. Not only will the life sciences reshuffle the demographic and individual outlook of Western societies as they help us live longer and better, they also address the other big challenges of mankind – understanding the complexities and preserving the variety of life on our planet, climate change, famine, as well as ecological and safe energy resources. The first European Conference of Life Science Funders and Foundations on April 26–27 at EMBL Heidelberg, funded by the Ernst Schering Foundation, will explore opportunities to positively influence and accelerate the necessary discoveries and their transformation into applications that benefit us all.




Bodily Self-Consciousness: From Out-of-Body Experiences to Neuroprosthetics

05.02.2016, Berlin | On March 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., the Ernst Schering Foundation will host a lecture by the Swiss neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke entitled “Bodily Self-Consciousness” at the Tieranatomische Theater of Humboldt University Berlin. With explicit reference to the artworks, scientific experiments, and curiosities shown as part of the exhibition MIRROR IMAGES (on view through April 3 at the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité), Professor Blanke will talk about the scientific background and multi-sensor brain mechanisms of self-consciousness.

Olaf Blanke



Sustainable Aging: Biological Mechanisms – Social Effects

15.02.2016, Berlin | On February 19, 2016, the Integrative Research Institute for the Life Sciences (IRI) at Berlin’s Humboldt University presents a lecture on “Sustainable Aging” by Prof. Dr. Lenhard Rudolph and Prof. Denis Gerstorf. Prof. Rudolph will look at aging from a biological perspective by discussing the causes, processes, and consequences of stem cell aging in mammals. Taking a sociological view on aging, Prof. Gerstorf will present the results of the “Berlin Aging Study II” that investigated trends of human aging against the background of sociocultural developments.

Lenhard Rudolph und Denis Gerstorf




Winners of the Fast Forward Science 2015 Web Video Competition Announced

02.11.2015, Berlin | What does our world consist of? Does it even exist or are we being deceived? What makes energy renewable? And why is it crucial for our planet’s survival? These and other brilliant questions are answered by the winners of the web video competition Fast Forward Science with the aid of their videos on current scientific research. From a total of 109 submissions, the jury chose the prize winners in three categories. In addition, the Community Award was given to the audience favorites among the finalists. On December 1, 2015, the winners of the 20,000-euro competition will be honored as part of the 8th Forum on Science Communication in Nuremberg.




European Students’ Conference 2015

26.08.2015, Berlin | “Science or Fiction? – Imagine the future of medicine” is the title of the 26th European Students’ Conference, which is supported by the Ernst Schering Foundation for the fourth time. What seemed science fiction a few years ago is now being translated into clinical routine: Together with outstanding experts in the field the ESC wants to think outside the box and investigate new perspectives in modern medicine. How can future doctors and scientists meet the promises and perils of the coming medical revolution? What is the role of young professionals in the exciting era of evolving technologies and personalized medicine? These questions will be discussed at the conference that takes place on September 23–26 at the Virchow Clinic of the Charité Berlin.

European Students Conference



Panel Discussion: Fighting Heart Attacks and Leukemia with Stem Cells

26.08.2015, Berlin, Frankfurt/Main | Can stem cells deliver on our expectations for cure? What is the latest progress in research? What diseases are already treated with cell-based therapies? And what does the process from stem-cell research to long-term studies to the clinical application of stem cells look like? During the 3rd International Annual Conference of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) at Goethe University Frankfurt, three stem cell researchers will talk about their findings during a public panel discussion on September 11, 2015.



Humboldt University Says Goodbye to Horst Bredekamp

24.06.2015, Berlin | On July 17, 2015, Horst Bredekamp, long-time professor of art history at Humboldt University and one of the most renowned art historians in the world, will be honored by a festive retirement conference organized by the Institute of Art and Visual Studies and the university’s president’s office. Entitled “Looking Back to Look Forward,” the conference pays tribute to his groundbreaking work in the past and present. Professor Bredekamp will enter another creative period as a member of the foundation committee of the Humboldt Forum and will continue to serve as a spokesperson of the Image Knowledge Gestaltung cluster of excellence.

Horst Bredekamp



Public Lecture on Green Genetic Engineering

28.05.2015, Berlin | Given a steadily growing world population and increasingly limited resources, it is necessary to adopt new ways of economic production to feed the global population. The cultivation of genetically modified crops, which has been well established for some 25 years, and their use as food or animal feedstuff are subject to controversial discussions in politics and society. In this context, it is becoming apparent that the public perceptions of safety and risks are not at all based on current scientific knowledge. To show how the biological safety research navigates between current scientific insights, legal regulations, and social controversy, the Integrative Research Institute for the Life Sciences (IRI) at Humboldt University of Berlin, on June 16, 2015, presents a lecture by Prof. Dr. Joachim Schiemann from the Julius Kuehn Institute.

Joachim Schiemann



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