Event Reports

Reports, photos, audios and videos about selected events of the Volkswagen Foundation

This international symposium from June 28 till June 30, 2017, explored overarching trends in the political as well as corporate regulation and in the forms of collective organisation of labour.

Experts discussed how the humanities and social sciences deal with the social challenges of digitization at the Herrenhausen Conference in Hanover which took place from May 31 till June 2, 2017.

The Herrenhausen Symposium "The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories" questioned the idea of a static and clearly defined "end" of the War.

The latest research on the critical importance of the early postnatal priming period for life long immune homeostasis and health was discussed at the Herrenhausen Conference on December 5-7, 2016, in Hanover, Germany.

The possibility of applying genome editing methods to treat intractable human disease was discussed at the Nature Herrenhausen Symposium "Genome Editing for Gene and Cell Therapy".

On October 4-6, 2016, researchers and international experts met in Hanover, Germany, for a Herrenhausen Conference.

On June 9-11, 2016, researchers and international experts on transnational and comparative approaches from social, economic, cultural and political history met in Hanover, Germany, for a Herrenhausen Symposium.

On November 20-21, 2015, researchers and international experts on socio-economic processes in national economies met in Hanover, Germany, for a Herrenhausen Conference.

On December 8 und 9, 2015, international Experts met in Hanover to discuss future challenges for research and society.

The Herrenhausen Conference in Hanover, September 29 and 30, 2015, discussed basic molecular processes and translational research approaches concerning cellular aging and its therapeutic countermeasures.

On March 25-27, 2015, researchers and international experts met in Hannover for a Herrenhausen Conference on "Big Data".

On December 10 to 12, 2014, international experts discussed different approaches and perspectives to regulate Dual Use Research of Concern focusing on the pressing issue of lab made microbes at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility" in Hanover, Germany.

On November 6-8, 2014, more than 220 international experts discussed recent developments in the understanding of immune homeostasis and perspectives for new therapeutics to treat disease.

On October 8 to 10, 2014, more than 200 international experts from fields as diverse as Inflammation, Microbial Communication, Evolutionary Game Theory, and Diabetes gathered in Hanover to address open questions as well as to discuss the multiple new insights and opportunities for research trying to unriddle the mysteries of the gut microbiome.

In Hanover, nearly 200 international experts discussed new research questions pertaining to the theme of social inequality as well as innovative methodological approaches to this field at the Herrenhausen Conference "Re-Thinking Social Inequality" on May 12-14, 2014.

200 Experts from various fields of the humanities met in Hanover/Germany on December 5-7, 2013, for the Herrenhausen Conference "(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age".

Global perceptions, experiences, and consequences of the first world war was subject of the eighth Herrenhausen Symposium, which was held in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany, on October 28 to 30, 2013.

Mechanisms of vulnerability for mental illnesses over lifetime were the focus of the Volkswagen Foundation’s second Herrenhausen Conference. Concentrating on particularly sensitive and susceptible phases of mental development, renowned experts shared their latest research and insights into risk for and resilience against mental illnesses. Building on this material, in a concluding Session new approaches for improving mental health and treating mental disorders were highlighted.

The nanosciences are a key technology of the 21st Century. To present current achievements and future project ideas and to discuss opportunities and risks of nanotechnology the international scientific elite in this field gathered in Hanover from December 12 to 14, 2012.

40 years ago, the Volkswagen Foundation funded the study "Limits to Growth". To celebrate this anniversary, 150 scientists, including Dennis Meadows, one of the authors of the study, met on November 28 and 29, 2012, in Herrenhausen to discuss current and future problems of globalization.