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.

CMG-Lecture on Ancient Medicine 2011

The long-term project “Galen of Pergamon. The Transmission, Interpretation and Completion of Ancient Medicine” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities invited to the 3rd “CMG Lecture on Ancient Medicine.” The lecture series aims to present selected topics in ancient medicine, and their current relevance, to a broader public. This year’s guest speaker was Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, who gave a talk about “The Scientificity of Ancient Medicine” at the BBAW on March 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. The lecture was made possible by the Ernst Schering Foundation.

CMG Lecture 2011



3rd Forum on Science Communication in Mannheim

From November 29 until December 1, 2010, the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim hosted the 3rd Forum on Science Communication, which was again supported and co-conceptualized by the Ernst Schering Foundation. With this Forum, Science in Dialogue (Wissenschaft im Dialog; WiD), an initiative of the major German science and research organizations, provides science and research communicators with an overview of current trends and strategies in science communication.

Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 2009



World Health Summit 2010


On October 10-13, 2010, the Campus Charité Mitte of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charité) hosted the second World Health Summit. Under the auspices of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the conference is organized by the Charité in cooperation with the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities. The Ernst Schering Foundation supported the 2010 World Health Summit as an important international forum for discussing global challenges in the fields of health and research. During the opening ceremony of the Summit, Nobel Prize winner Ada E. Yonath presented the art project LIFE FLAG by artist Sabine Kacunko, which is also sponsored by the Ernst Schering Foundation.




2010 CMG Lecture on Ancient Medicine

The working group of the “Corpus Medicorum Graecorum/Latinorum” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) invited to the 2nd “CMG Lecture on Ancient Medicine.” The lecture series aims to present selected topics in ancient medicine, and their current relevance, to a broader public. This year’s guest speaker was Prof. Dr. Heinrich von Staden, Princeton, who gave a talk about “Animal Experiments in Ancient Medicine” at the BBAW on June 9, 2010, at 7 p.m. The lecture was made possible by the Ernst Schering Foundation. CMG Lecture



Lecture Program on Aerosol Research

In January and February 2010 the Ernst Schering Foundation organized a scientific lecture program on aerosol research. The lectures were given by renowned scientists in the context of the exhibition "Cloud Core Scanner – IN THE TROPOSPHERE LAB” by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, which is presented in the Ernst Schering Foundation from January, 15 until February, 27. Wolken-Kern-Scanner



“Forum on Science Communication” establishes itself as an industry gathering for science and research communicators

Some 250 science and research communicators from Germany and Austria met in Berlin on November 30 – December 2, 2009, at the second “Forum on Science Communication” organized by the initiative Science in Dialogue (Wissenschaft im Dialog, WiD) to discuss current trends and strategies in science communication.

2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation



Prototypes - Bionics and Looking to Nature

From time immemorial, humans have tried to use examples in nature to develop technological solutions. The systematic search for natural structures which can be important as models for technology is called bionics. In order to familiarize a broader public with the achievements and advances in bionics and thus contribute to a public understanding of science and research, the Ernst Schering Foundation supports this ambitious exhibition on "Prototypes - Bionics and Looking to Nature" organized by the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, which will be on display at the Max Liebermann Haus in Berlin from May 24 to August 24. Abbildung Manta



Trust in Science - A Dialogue with Society

Surveys show that the more the public knows about science, the less it is inclined to trust it. Given this paradox, how can scientists retain the confidence of an increasingly sceptical public?

Experts from Germany, Britain and Switzerland met in Berlin on Mach 9, 2006, to consider how science can best engage with society. The meeting organized by the Ernst Schering Foundation, the British Council and the British Embassy brought together scientists, journalists and decision-makers. The event was moderated by Vincent Landon, a freelance science journalist and broadcaster from Berlin.



The Paradox of Managing Creativity in Science

Why do governments spend public money on scientific research, and the diversity of patterns among countries both in expenditure on basic science and also in the outputs of new knowledge and innovation. Against this background, Lord May will offer suggestions on how best to "manage creativity." These include avoiding hierarchical institutional structures and oppressive bureaucracies, encouraging risk taking, making sure good science is not hindered by institutional or disciplinary rigidities, and above all creating systems - based on peer-reviewed excellence - where young people are set free to express themselves.



Regenerative Medicine? Where Are We Today? Hopes and Challeng

Stem cells are something like the magical table cloth in fairy tales. With this comparison, Tim Radford, Science Editor of The Guardian, opened the expert panel discussion: You spread it out, murmur some magic words, and food appears out of nowhere. The comparison is by no means outlandish, since the Schering Prize recipient, Ronald McKay, succeeds in doing exactly that in his laboratory: The magic words consist of a complex series of neurotransmitters which control the differentiation of cell cultures into nerve cells, liver cells or other cell types. Cell cultures are considered a great hope for aging societies, since they can be used to treat more effectively degenerative diseases of old age such as arthritis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, said Professor Günter Stock.



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