Corona-Update: Positive developments for the foundation

Since the Foundation joined the shutdown on March 18 and its activities were mainly driven forward in the home office mode, there have been some encouraging new developments. Although the regular March meeting of the members of the Board of Trustees had to be cancelled, the funding decisions could be taken without any problems – by way of written procedure. Now, the trustees were able to come to Hanover for their summer meeting on 26 June to meet and discuss in person. Secretary General Dr. Georg Schütte: "I am very happy about this positive development, which is also reflected in the fact that more and more colleagues are coming back to their offices here in the Foundation. Although we have all coped extremely well with the working conditions caused by the crisis, it is good to see the first steps towards normalization, especially with regard to direct personal communication."

Video: Dr. Georg Schütte on recent developments and new funding options

Das leere Auditorium in Schloss Herrenhausen.
Soon, the ranks will be filled again in Herrenhausen Castle. (Photo: Eberhard Franke for Volkswagen Foundation)

Events in Herrenhausen

Since June 22 and under strict conditions, events may once again take place in Herrenhausen Palace. However, the majority of intra-scientific events can still unfortunately not be held due to international and national travel restrictions.
Public events for which a hygiene concept (in German only) has been developed will be resumed. Thus, about 100 guests will have the possibility to attend the Herrenhäuser Forum to be held on July 14 at 7 p.m., (prior registration required), on the topic "AI in Medicine - About the change in the relationship between doctor and patient" (link). The regional television station h1 will stream the event live at h Deutschlandfunk Kultur will record the event; the broadcast date will be announced shortly.

Please see the Calendar of Events for current information on what will be offered in the coming months.


If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact the respective member of staff at the Foundation or their home office. They will be happy to help. You can also contact us at info(at)
Please understand that, in view of the exceptional situation, you may have to wait a little longer for an answer than you are otherwise used to. 

Further information on how the Volkswagen Foundation is dealing with the Corona crisis can be found on the overview page "Consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for the Foundation"