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Robot psychologist Martina Mara puts in a plea for a more visionary approach to robotics and artificial intelligence – and to bridge the gaps between the disciplines. This is also what the Volkswagen Foundation's funding initiative "Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future" stands for, the next application deadline is July 4, 2019.

Fresh water as a precious resource. A young Kenyan scientist has made this her theme – one that has accompanied her through her scientific career.

A panel member of this year's German Research Summit, science journalist Manuela Lenzen discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) affects society. In the following interview, the author of "AI – What it can do and what awaits us" answers some fundamental questions on the topic.

The Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell and the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation Wilhelm Krull on the sirens of assembly-line research, fainthearted experts and courageous free spirits. 

Plants that behave like the famous Pavlovian dog? Researchers in Tubingen are attempting to find out whether plants show comparable reflexes – and can therefore be regarded as capable of learning.

From 12 to 19 March 2019, the established Spring School brought together scientists from neurobiology, computer science, engineering, psychology and philosophy in order to deal with senses and sensors across disciplines and with the data collected.

Sustainable building in Africa and strategies for improved higher education were the focus of a conference in Nairobi.

"Like a license to tinker around": Freigeist Fellow Juliane Simmchen explores how to move the tiniest particles in liquids. One goal: to remove pollutants from water or to specifically target the transportation of drugs through the body.

At the Herrenhäuser Gespräch on February 14, 2019, experts debated how we should deal with artificial intelligence: A discussion surrounding privacy, control and power at a time when the machines around us are becoming ever more intelligent.