An international symposium at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin on October 3 and 4, 2019 discusses the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and new perspectives.

The program "Research Cooperation Lower Saxony - Israel" promotes scientifically outstanding collaborative projects conducted jointly by researchers from Israel and Lower Saxony. Deadline for the current call adressing natural sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences is October 24, 2019.

Nine young researchers have now convinced the Volkswagen Foundation's international panel of experts and board of trustees with their unconventional projects: they receive a 'Freigeist' Fellowship that gives them maximum freedom and a clear time perspective for their research.

Interview with Dr. Christian Peters, co-organizer of the conference "Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide" in Hanover, Germany on September 5 to 6, 2019

Ethical aspects are rarely considered when it comes to the design and the programming of a robot. This is where Aimee van Wynsberghe, co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, is stepping in. 

The proceedings of the ISEE Africa Conference are now available online, documenting the future-oriented discussions about new ways in engineer training. 

The Herrenhausen Conference on May 6-8, 2019, focussed on food production in cities and elaborated why urban agriculture should be part of a sustainable urban planning in the future.

In 2018, the Foundation approved EUR 207.2 million for scientific research projects and events. Compared to 2017, this represents an increase of 30.7% – and is at the same time the second highest funding amount in the history of the Foundation. The focus was on realigning the funding portfolio in order to offer new pathways and more scope for creative research.

At its summer meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Volkswagen Foundation elected Dr. Georg Schütte (born 1962) as the new Secretary General. He takes up his post on January 1, 2020, and succeeds Dr. Wilhelm Krull (born 1952)