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Corona gives science a shakeup. One effect is that researchers discuss their ideas more openly and share their data and results earlier. That is Open Science. Does openness make research better? A conversation with Ulrich Dirnagl.

With up to 500,000 euros, the Volkswagen Foundation is now supporting research projects at German universities that are dedicated to developing antiviral agents against new and little-researched viruses.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has appointed palaeobiologist Wolfgang Kiessling to act as a main author of the next world climate report. Read the following interview about forecasts, parallels, and his contribution to combating the climate crisis.

As part of its "Life?" initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation is supporting an international team in the research of a novel virus-like element with 1 million euros.

The biologist Ulrich Kuch has been doing intensive research on venomous snakes for years. Within the funding initiative "Experiment!", he is looking for a new method to protect people from snake bites.

'Freigeist' Fellow Rainer Kaufmann has the courage to leave the comfort zone – his video project "Black Box Science" gives an uncompromising view of research culture. An interview about the realities of everyday life in research and the origins of the "Black Box" project.

The pandemic has a huge impact on research: Projects are delayed or even fail completely to get off the ground. New fields of research are vaguely beginning to emerge. All this calls for agile and flexible action, and the Volkswagen Foundation is gearing up for it.

Strong demand for new funding offer / Events are now being held / The Board of Trustees meets for the summer session

Record year: With a total of 253.2 million euros, the Volkswagen Foundation has approved more funding in 2019 than ever before.