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.

Global Virus Network 2013 Spring Meeting

26.04.2013, Berlin/ Munich | We all know the role that viral infections have on our health. On account of continuously increasing globalization and world travel, this day and age bears witness to how new viruses can quickly spread. Nevertheless, the fight against viral diseases is not impossible. It is the mission of the Global Virus Network (GVN) to foster global collaboration in the fight against viruses and to educate the next generation of virus researchers, which is greatly needed. The next meeting oft he GVN takes place from May 30 until June 1, 2013, at the Technical University Munich.




23rd European Students’ Conference

“Transplantation and Implantation – Trends in Organ Substitution” – so lautet das Thema der diesjährigen European Students Conference, welche die Schering Stiftung bereits zum 2. Mal fördert. Ziel der Konferenz ist es, die neuesten Errungenschaften und die damit verbundenen Möglichkeiten im Bereich des Austauschs von menschlichen Organ- und Gewebestrukturen zu präsentieren und zu diskutieren.




Microbiologists from Bremen have won the 2012 “Science Interactive” Competition

The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen has won the 10,000-euro “Science Interactive” competition. The winner project takes visitors on a trip through the world of bacteria. At four interactive stations, they learn what role the microorganisms play for life on earth and how they can be used, e.g., to produce and convert substances. Teams from Bremen, Münster, and Leipzig travelled to the Science Summer in Lübeck to submit their entries to the audience vote.

Wissenschaft interaktiv 2012



CMG-Lecture on Ancient Medicine 2012

26.04.2012, Berlin | The long-term project “Galen of Pergamon. The Transmission, Interpretation and Completion of Ancient Medicine” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities invites you to the 4th “CMG Lecture on Ancient Medicine” on May 22. The lecture series aims to present selected topics in ancient medicine, and their current relevance, to a broader public. This year’s guest speaker will be Vivian Nutton, Member of the British Academy and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina.




How does innovation work? – Innovation development in Germany

24.04.2012, Berlin | Innovation literally means „novelty“ or „renewal“. The „new“ is much in demand in many social fields but it is most important in science. Jürgen Mittelstraß and Harald zur Hausen will discuss the question „How does innovation work?“ at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW ) on May 7, 2012, at 6pm. The lecture and discussion is hosted by the Ernst Schering Foundation in cooperation with the BBAW in order to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on innovation development.



4th Forum on Science Communication in Cologne

On December 6-8, 2011, the Gürzenich in Cologne hosted the 4th Forum on Science Communication. With this annual symposium, “Science in Dialogue” (Wissenschaft im Dialog, WiD), a joint initiative of major German research and science organizations, provides science and research communicators with a survey of current issues and strategies in science communication. This year’s topic was science communication between the conflicting demands of politics, society, and science.

Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 2011



World Health Summit 2011 | October 23 - 26, 2011 at the Charité

On October 23-26, 2011, the Campus Charité Mitte of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin hosted the third World Health Summit. Under the auspices of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, 1200 leading international experts from medicine, science, government, business, and civil society gathered under the guiding theme „Today’s Science – Tomorrow’s Agenda“. The Ernst Schering Foundation supported the World Health Summit 2011 again as an important international forum for discussing the 21st century’s global challenges in the fields of health and research.




Air, Water, Soil, Life – Earth and Environmental Sciences Research for Our Health

On September 27, 2011, the GeoUnion Alfred Wegener Foundation presented new Earth science findings in health research at an interdisciplinary conference at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. As part of the “Science Year 2011 – Research for Our Health,” it seeked to create awareness for the various ways that our environment impacts on our health.

Air Water Soil Life



22nd European Students’ Conference | “Perspectives and Challenges in Regenerative Medicine”

Focusing on “Perspectives and Challenges in Regenerative Medicine,” 700 young scientists from more than 60 countries gathered at the 22nd European Students’ Conference in Berlin on September 21-24. The largest biomedical conference for young scientists and doctors in Europe, the conference featured renowned researchers from the United States, Japan and Germany who were talking about serious illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, cardiac insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease and HIV and report on new treatment approaches to these diseases. European Students Conference



"Science Interactive Competition 2011" | Team from Kiel Wins Audience Award

05.07.2011, Berlin | A team composed of scientists and PR experts from Kiel is the winner of the 10,000-euro “2011 Science Interactive” award, sponsored by the Ernst Schering Foundation. Following an exciting finale at the Science Summer in Mainz, during which visitors and school groups took an active part, the team from the Kiel Campus of the Schleswig-Holstein University Medical Center (USKH) beat the two other finalists from Berlin. The competition entry by the Kiel-based team provides insights into the functioning and structure of the skin. Wissenschft interaktiv



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