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.

8. Berlin Summer Meeting

28.05.2015, Berlin | On June 4-8, 2015, the 8th Berlin Summer Meeting takes place in Berlin with support from the Ernst Schering Foundation. This international conference under the umbrella title “Computational and Experimental Molecular Biology Meet” was initiated in 2008 by the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin-Buch and has since been held annually with great success. This year, the event is organized in cooperation with the Integrative Research Institute (IRI) for the Life Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. Featuring international speakers, it explores the topic of “Localization of Cellular Processes.”




FameLab 2015 “Talking Science” - Final

10.04.2015, Berlin | Themed “Talking Science,” the German regional heats of the prestigious international FameLab competition for young scientists took place in March 2015. FameLab was started by Cheltenham Festivals in 2005 to identify and nurture scientists and engineers who are good at communicating with the general public. In just three minutes, the contestants explain scientific processes to a non-specialist audience in an accessible and entertaining manner - without PowerPoint or notes. The finalists have been selected and will compete against each other on May 13, 2015, at Tollhaus Karlsruhe.




An Ecosystem of Excess with Pinar Yoldas and Regine Hengge

03.11.2014, Berlin | The Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin has developed an ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM that explores pathways towards a new interdisciplinary culture of knowledge and education. The curriculum will be tested in the form of an exemplary model course – the ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUS – at HKW on Nov 14–22. The CAMPUS will be accompanied by a public program: On November 17, at 8 p.m., the HKW, in cooperation with the Ernst Schering Foundation, will host a talk between the Turkish artist Pinar Yoldas and the Berlin-based microbiologist Regine Hengge on the question of how the “plastic soup” – the Pacific Ocean polluted by tons of plastic garbage – generates an ecosystem of speculative life forms.

Pinar Yoldas, An Ecosystem of Excess



Food, Genes and Diseases

07.01.2015, Berlin | How and why makes us food healthy or sick? What influence do diet and food additives have on metabolic diseases, cancer or infectious diseases and their cure? These and other questions will be addressed by Dr. Sascha Sauer from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, in a public lecture on January 13, 2015, at 3.30 p.m. at the Integrative Research Institute for the Life Sciences (IRI) at Berlin’s Humboldt University. 

Sascha Sauer



A Medical Perspective on Musicians’ Work Places

02.09.2014, Berlin | The 2014 symposium of the German Association for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine (DGfMM) will take place on September 26th and 27th in cooperation with Kassel’s Academy of Music “Louis Spohr”. The symposium, which is sponsored by the Ernst Schering Foundation, will consist of lectures, interdisciplinary dialogue and case studies pertaining to the thematic focus “A Medical Perspective on Musicians’ Work Places”.

Symposium Musikerphysiologie



Congress on “Living with Deafblindness”

27.08.2014, Potsdam | Ten years after the European Parliament issued a declaration to recognize and implement the rights of people who are deafblind, the topic of deafblindness und combined hearing and vision impairment has received greater attention in Germany. On September 19-20, 2014, Germany for the first time hosts an international congress on “Living with Deafblindness” that aims to foster a dialogue between expert scientists from a variety of disciplines and people with deafblindless, their families and carers.




European Students Conference 2014

„Rethinking Medical Research – How Do We Achieve Innovation?“ – so lautet das Thema der 25. European Students Conference, welche die Schering Stiftung bereits zum 3. Mal fördert. Ziel der Konferenz ist es, über die aktuellen Chancen und Herausforderungen der medizinischen Forschung zu diskutieren. Dieses Jahr findet die Konferenz vom 17. bis 20. September im Virchow-Klinikum der Charité Berlin statt. Die Schirmherrschaft übernehmen Dr. Johanna Wanka, Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung, und Prof. Ernst Rietschel, Vorstandsvorsitzender des Berlin Institute of Health.




Meet the expert

26.06.2014, Berlin | The Max Planck International Research Network on Aging has started a new series of events where young scientists have the opportunity to meet experts from various disciplines. In Meet the Expert, as the series is called, an experienced scientist is invited at each meeting to give a talk, proceeded by a discussion. There follows an informal setting where young scientists have the opportunity to meet the expert and talk with him or her about issues such as the next career steps, career prospects after PhD completion and Post-Doc employment, and stays abroad.

Meet the Expert



Age Issues, Images of Age, and Intergenerational Equity

19.03.2014, Berlin | What does aging actually mean? This and other questions around the issue of aging and intergenerational equity are addressed by 13 scholarship students of the interdisciplinary Themenklasse (subject-focused course) on “Aging and Age” at Berlin’s Humboldt University. They have gained insights into the potential of old age, decision-making bodies that are committed to intergenerational equity, and the consequences of intervening into the aging process. These and other results will be presented to the public during a Symposium on Age Issues, Images of Age, and Intergenerational Equity on April 5, 2014 in an interactive lab atmosphere.

© Schering Stiftung



Marguerite Vogt Symposium

Marguerite Vogt war als Krebsforscherin und Virologin eine der herausragenden Wissenschaftlerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Die jüngste Tochter des berühmten Hirnforscherehepaars Oskar und Cécile Vogt-Mugnier, 1913 in Berlin geboren, wäre in diesem Jahr 100 geworden. Ihr zu Ehren veranstaltet das Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC) Berlin-Buch mit der Unterstützung der Schering Stiftung am 10. Dezember 2013 ab 15 Uhr ein wissenschaftliches Symposium.

Marguerite Vogt



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