Forum "Experiment!" 2019

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Herrenhausen Palace
Researchers and Professionals

The grantees of 2017 are invited to present their findings on bold research ideas at the "Forum Experiment!".

The funding initiative "Experiment!" supports radically new topics and approaches in science, engineering and in the life sciences. (Illustration: Nicolás Aznárez für VolkswagenStiftung)
The funding initiative "Experiment!" supports radically new topics and approaches in science, engineering and in the life sciences. (Illustration: Nicolás Aznárez für VolkswagenStiftung)

This year's forum is again a platform of exchange for all actual "Experiment!" grantees. The program is focussed on 27 talks presenting preliminary results, including failures, after having explored a radically new or controversial approach in natural, engineering and life sciences. Further there will be a poster session with contributions by alumni and recent grantees.

In the audience are recent and former grantees, jury members, and Foundation staff coming from various subject areas in the life sciences, sciences and engineering. They are united by a common interest in high risk topics. All are curious to learn from each other about the achievements, surprises and (un)foreseen difficulties which were encountered during the exploratory work undertaken. In the "Experiment!" initiative failure with respect to reaching the original aim is not considered negative but a valuable learning experience which can bring science forward, too. Therefore, all speakers are encouraged to not only focus on the highlights but to mention disappointments and lowlights as well.

The broad mix of topics is quite unusual for a scientific workshop and gives an exciting opportunity to share and discuss results, open questions and opinions beyond the borders of one's own academic background. Back in 2017 the 29 grants out of 594 proposals have been awarded after three distinct selection steps: first a shortlisting, second a double-blind review and third additional decision by lot.

More information on these projects can be found on the Foundations website under Funding: Grants Awarded (Project-Persons-Search).

BACKGROUND

The funding initiative "Experiment!" was started in November 2012. The initiative is exceptionally well received with nearly 600 applications per call for 30 to 40 grants. A partially randomized selection (i. e. additional decision by lot) was introduced in 2017 and is the subject of accompanying research undertaken by EVACONSULT, Berlin. 

Program

Please find a preliminary program under downloads.