How do we want to live? What are the challenges and opportunities connected to future developments? How can science and research contribute to the understanding and shaping of these developments? These are just some of the questions to which the Futurium, situated in the heart of Berlin, will be dedicating itself. As of September 2019, it will be a location for presentations and dialogue that brings together players from the spheres of politics, science and business, the arts and society.
The Futurium is a joint initiative by the Federal Government and leading German research organisations, foundations and business enterprises. It is an independent platform for dialogue and networking between state, science, business and society.
The Futurium makes the fascination of science and research experienceable. Ordinary citizens learn in a concrete way how scientific research can improve their lives. In addition, they are given the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and questions. This is how we shape our future together – with courage and a sense of responsibility!
Anja Karliczek, Member of the Bundestag
Federal Minister of Education and Research
Picture: Bundesregierung / Guido Bergmann
Future is created when the innovation of business and the research spirit of science join forces. The Futurium will give future a place. It promotes public discussion about our most important responsibility: innovation.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Spath, President acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
The Futurium gGmbH is supposed to present the strengths of the research location Germany to a wide public. I welcome this initiative as research and innovation are the capital for the future of our society.
Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The project is a great opportunity to let people see and experience research and development.
Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The German science and innovation system is very efficient and secures our prosperity. It is important, that we present this connection to our citizens with successful, practical research and development projects. The Futurium gGmbH will do so on a large scale.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
The Futurium gGmbH in the heart of the capital demonstrates that research and innovation are important to Germany. Here, citizens can get information about fascinating research.
Prof. Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association
At the Futurium gGmbH we will meet the possibilities of the future, ask questions, and develop and exchange ideas about how to shape it – we all have questions about the future and create future scenarios in order to be able to act smart today for tomorrow’s world.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner, President of the Science Association Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
I believe this initiative to be very important and future-oriented.
Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
We need not only first-class educational institutions to give talented young people a chance, but also companies like the Futurium gGmbH that show them that science actively shapes our lives.
Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
We all have to shape future together: science, business, politics, society, and culture. My hope is that the Futurium gGmbH will become an important place for this dialogue.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Hanns Hatt, President of The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
Germany has a long tradition as an important research, science, and technology location. That is what we have always been, are, and want to be. The Futurium gGmbH in Berlin will show impressively what impulses and innovations the world can expect from Germany.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Chairman of the Executive Board, Deutsche Telekom Foundation
Germany can use its strong technology position to develop solutions in the central areas of food, environment, raw materials, health/medicine, energy and climate, building and living, and mobility and thus ensure our quality of life. Research and development are the basis for innovation – and innovation leads to progress and prosperity. We also need pragmatic laws, science-based decision, a balanced consideration of opportunities and risks, well-trained personnel, social acceptance of innovation, and cooperation between universities, research institutes, and industry.
The Futurium gGmbH offers a platform for creating curiosity and constructive dialogue to plant the seed for pioneering innovation and sustainable, robust, and affordable solutions, which we need in order to face the challenges of tomorrow.
Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, President Process Research & Chemical Engineering, BASF SE
The basis for social development is creating value and having common values. I am happy that the Futurium gGmbH brings together smart minds from science, business, politics, and society in Germany to shape tomorrow.
Dr. Kemal Malik, Chief Innovation Officer, Bayer AG, Leverkusen
Science and business shape the future with creativity and ingenuity. The Futurium gGmbH is supposed to help us understand innovation and show us how it can be used to shape the future but also, possibly even more importantly, to be a forum for discussing about it.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Barner, Chairman of the Executive Board, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
Innovations can only assert themselves if they prove themselves in practice, i.e. are understood, accepted, and used by people. For this reason, Infineon supports the Futurium gGmbH. It is a display window, test forum, and dialogue platform for the latest high-tech from Germany. Developers meet users and discuss what will move our society forward tomorrow.
Dr. Reinhard Ploss, Chairman of the Executive Board, Infineon Technologies AG
The innovations of the 21st century will not be created behind closed doors – they demand openness, exchange, and intensive cooperation. This is what the Futurium gGmbH stands for, a forum for ideas and innovation, which drives the dialogue about the future of our country.
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Board Member, Siemens AG
The Futurium Lab invites you to join in and design. The variety of subjects, events, and formats ensures that there is something for everyone.
The future is a place for wishes, hopes, and possibilities. But the future is also a place to communicate about the present. Every future vision asks questions: What do we want right now? What are the challenges and problems now? What can we do to achieve it?
The Futurium is simultaneously stage, museum, laboratory and forum of the future. Starting in September 2019, it will unite under the same roof an exhibition with vivid scenarios, an interactive laboratory in which visitors can make their own explorations, and a forum for interdisciplinary events and dialogue.
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