Schering Stiftung


Wie funktioniert Innovation?

Ein Dialog über Innovationsentwicklung in Deutschland

Wie funktioniert Innovation?

Ein Dialog über Innovationsentwicklung in Deutschland


May 07, 2012, 6–8 p.m.


Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Leibniz-Saal | Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt
Markgrafenstraße 38
10117 Berlin

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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). The lecture and discussion is hosted by the Schering Stiftung in cooperation with the BBAW in order to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on innovation development.

Where and how does innovation happen? How do innovations enter daily life and change it to the better or worse? New terms like leap or step-by-step innovation play a role in health care where quality and outreach of an innovation have an impact on costs and benefits. At the center of this evening of talks and discussions are questions of academic research performance and application research, of the freedom of research and economic necessity.

Philosopher and science theorist Jürgen Mittelstraß is one of the leading protagonists of the German debate on higher-educatin reform. In his talk, he will point out how science and research are the basis of innovation and social progress. His talk will be followed by Nobel Prize winner, virologist and cancer researcher Harald zur Hausen’s, who’s fundamental discoveries on the development of cancer through virus infections have opened up new perspectives on the pathogenesis, prevention and therapy of cervical cancer and ultimately led to the development of vaccines. Günter Stock, President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) will introduce the evening. The talks and the following panel discussion will be chaired by Reinhard Kurth, President em. of the Robert Koch-Institute and Chairman of the Foundation Council of the Schering Stiftung.

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