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Understanding Research

Critically exploring and reflecting on the research system with a view to initiating positive change on areas such as career paths, governance, research and teaching.

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Societal Transformations

Expanding knowledge about processes of transformation and developing possible courses of action together with stakeholders in civil society.

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Breaking into previously unexplored research territory with unconventional ideas and experimental approaches.

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Funding program for top-level research in Lower Saxony.

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Mushrooms instead of concrete: innovative biomaterials enable sustainable construction

  • Public event
  • Leopoldina Lecture
  • With live stream

Jun. 13, 2024, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Sparen in jeder Wirtschaftslage - Wie generationengerecht ist die Schuldenbremse?

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  • Expert meeting
  • Symposium

Jun. 13, 2024, 10:00 AM - Jun. 14, 2024, 01:30 PM

Gefördertentreffen 2024

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  • Expert meeting

Jun. 14, 2024, 02:00 PM - Jun. 15, 2024, 02:00 PM

Norddeutsches Innovations- und Transfergespräch: Expertise bündeln, Kooperation stärken

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Funding offer 03. June 2024

Democracies under Change: call for transdisciplinary taskforces

The call addresses task forces in which researchers from the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences work with partners from (civil) society on a clearly defined issue relating to acute challenges to democracy in Germany or at EU level. Deadline: October 29, 2024

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Story 29. May 2024

Mushrooms instead of concrete: innovative biomaterials enable sustainable construction

When we talk about cutting CO2, we usually think of green electricity or transforming transport. However, a less obvious area – the building sector – offers huge potential for savings. A Kassel University researcher wants to combine biomaterials with digital manufacturing technologies and make them available for architecture.