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.

Speere in einem afrikanischen Weizenfeld
Story Aug. 09, 2022

The challenge of dealing with colonial exhibits

Provenance research contributes towards a new understanding of collecting, researching, preserving, and presenting ethnographic objects. 

Magazincover "Impulse" 2022
Publication of the Foundation Jun. 28, 2022

Impulse Ausgabe 2022 (in German): "Was soll ich? Was darf ich?"

Story Dec. 10, 2020

Robotics and elderly care: Machines that help in a humane way

What are the consequences of automation of care for the quality of life and dignity of the elderly? An interdisciplinary research group is working on concepts that are better geared to the needs of elderly people and caregivers alike. The results are innovative ideas in caring for the elderly – that sometimes challenge taboos.

Story Jun. 02, 2020

When the black box talks to us

Thanks to increasingly sophisticated voice control, communication between man and machine is making great strides. Will the dialog with intelligent systems change our society?

Story Feb. 03, 2020

Ethics for Nerds

Computer scientists tend to frown upon ethics as a "wishy-washy" subject, although there are very good reasons why it should be part of their studies. Those who do look into it have to expect the consequences: Their perceptions change, sometimes even their whole life, and in some places disciplines finally come together. Insights into an academic shift.

Interview Aug. 14, 2019

Why Robotics Needs Responsibility

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.