What challenges do you want to take up in the future?
What we promote should create impact, break through structures, shape the future.
Hartmann: We have formed three new profile areas. The first is called "Exploration". The aim here is to encourage risk taking, i.e. to enter into previously unexplored areas of research with uncertain outcomes. As a funding foundation, we stimulate the desire to experiment and say: failure is part of the game. We accept that a project – despite the very best foundations – may not always achieve what it sets out to do. In my view, this attitude constitutes a unique selling point of our Foundation.
The second area: "Social Transformations". We are surrounded by upheaval in many different areas. The pandemic has acted like a burning glass. Here, science has a duty to develop solutions and assume its social responsibility.