Mann breitet die Arme aus
Funding offer Dec. 20, 2022

Circularity with recycled and biogenic resources

The funding line ‘Collaborative projects’ of this initiative is primarily targeted at the natural sciences and engineering.  We offer a Q&A-session (online) on Jan. 24, 2023. Deadline for application is March 1, 2023. 

Mann mit Globus
News Dec. 19, 2022

Earth system science as a new leading concept for the geosciences

At a Leopoldina symposium held on December 19, 2022, the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation Dr. Georg Schütte presented a new funding initiative. Fifty years after publication of the "Limits to Growth" report, the foundation creates a renewed geo-scientific focus on the Earth system as a whole. 

Scoping Workshops
Funding offer Dec. 08, 2022

Scoping Workshops

This is about the future of your research area: What is the current status? What prospects are there for further development - and how can they be realised? With the "Scoping Workshops" the foundation offers space for discussion and intensive exchange. Apply now with your concept, deadline: June 8, 2023.

In the foreground you can see parched earth with a green tree growing on it, and in the background you can see a skyline surmounted by clouds through which individual rays of the sun flash.
Event report Oct. 09, 2019

Documentation: Herrenhausen Conference "Extreme Events – Building Climate Resilient Societies"

More than 130 multidisciplinary scientists and practitioners from 30 countries and UN organizations came together for a Herrenhausen Conference in Hannover from October 9 to 11, 2019, to elucidate the relations between climate extremes, societal resilience, and sustainable development goals.

Yedikule Bostans stands in the middle of a green field at the Theodosian wall in Istanbul.
Event report May. 06, 2019

Herrenhausen Conference "Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities"

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.

Comic-like depiction of a person climbing a DNA ladder.
Event reports Jun. 21, 2018

Herrenhausen Symposium "Individualized Infection Medicine – The Future is Now"

How may individualization find its way into care of patients with infectious diseases? This topic was discussed during the international Herrenhausen Symposium in Hanover on June 21 to 23, 2018.

Graphic representation of a head in front of a wall of ones and zeros.
Event report May. 31, 2017

Herrenhausen Conference "Society Through the Lens of the Digital"

Experts discussed how the humanities and social sciences deal with the social challenges of digitization at the Herrenhausen Conference in Hanover which took place from May 31 till June 2, 2017.

Historical photograph of men standing by a cannon located in a trench.
Event report May. 08, 2017

Herrenhausen Symposium "The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories"

The Herrenhausen Symposium "The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories" questioned the idea of a static and clearly defined "end" of the War.

Zeros and ones on a blue background.
Event report Mar. 25, 2015

Herrenhausen Conference: "Big Data in a Transdisciplinary Perspective"

On March 25-27, 2015, researchers and international experts met in Hannover for a Herrenhausen Conference on "Big Data".