The Task of Scientists in the Modern World

Current and Future Challenges for Science

Science is faced with global challenges that can only be solved if we pursue a broad research agenda with the aim of finding sustainable solutions. The key is to maintain and improve people’s living conditions in the long term. Regardless of whether the questions are rooted in ecology, health or other areas, there can be no comprehensive solutions to the current and future challenges. They have to fulfill several requirements, however: they have to be affordable, environmentally and climate-friendly, socially acceptable, safe and technologically reliable. This session is intended to present and discuss the perspectives that scientists from a variety of disciplines bring to these issues.

The panelists include:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner, President of the German Research Foundation, Bonn
Prof. Dr. Klaus Rajewsky, Immunologist, Immune Regulation and Cancer, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin (Laureate 2008)
Prof. Dr. Ilme Schlichting, Biophysicist, Director of the Department of Biomolecular Mechanisms, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg (Laureate 1998)
Prof. Dr. Peter Seeburg, Biochemist, Director of the Department of Molecular Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg (Laureate 1992)
Prof. Dr. Takao Shimizu, Biochemist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan (Laureate 2000)

How Does the Scientific Community Ensure Quality and Trust?

Transparency as well as an open and consistent handling of scientific misconduct are essential to ensure quality and trust. Given the increasing complexity of research, both these issues become more and more challenging. How and with what criteria can we measure the quality of research? How can information on research projects and findings be made visible also to a non-expert public? How effective is the scientific community’s system of self-monitoring when it comes to dealing with scientific misconduct? These and other questions will be at the heart of the session’s debate.

These and other questions will be discussed by:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel, Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance, Berlin
Prof. Sir Ian Wilmut, Embryologist, Chair of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM), University of Edinburgh, UK (Laureate 2002)
Prof. Dr. Ronald D.G. McKay, Stem Cell Researcher, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Baltimore, MD, USA (Laureate 2004)
Chaired by Volker Stollorz, Science Journalist, Cologne

Following the panel discussion, the 2012 Ernst Schering Prize winner Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann, Director of the Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, will give a public lecture on “Modern Mass Sprectronic Technology for Biology and Biomedicine.”

The Task of Scientists in the Modern World | Symposium
September 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Einstein Hall | Jägerstraße 22-23 | 10117 Berlin

The symposium and the public lecture will be held in English.

Please register by August 20, 2012 at .

For further information please contact:
Friederike Petersen
Manager Public Relations
Ernst Schering Foundation
Phone: +49-30-20 62 29-67

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