Individuals on a film set Copyright: © Stefanie Loos/Landesvertretung NRW   Individuals on a film set Copyright: © Stefanie Loos/Landesvertretung NRW

Developments such as digitalization, Industry 4.0, changes in the world of work, and many more have a decisive influence on what and how we will live and learn in the future.

Society as a whole is being confronted with new demands and constant change – especially when it comes to the job market and research. The historically evolved structures of the science system can hardly keep up with these challenges. Right now, the world cannot even foresee many of the professions and working models available in the future.

What far-reaching changes are therefore needed in university teaching? How can we best prepare students today for the circumstances that await them in the future?

      Panelist and moderator in discussion Copyright: © Stefanie Loos/Landesvertretung NRW

    Global crises such as the coronavirus pandemic show that state-funded research, as well as worldwide networking among researchers, including a cooperative exchange with established representatives from industry and young entrepreneurs alike, are necessary in order to overcome the challenges that we, as a society, are currently facing.

    What can we now learn after this crisis – firstly, regarding the innovative capacity of universities and, secondly, regarding the robustness of science systems in international comparison?

        Four panelists in the studio Copyright: © Stefanie Loos/Landesvertretung NRW

      In short: What is “the new fiction of good science?” How can universities such as RWTH not only continue to exist for another 150 years, but also make a relevant contribution to the wellbeing of society?

      The discussants of the Science Evening held in Berlin analyzed the question of the future of the “university” institution from various different angles, showcased best practices, and, above all, formulated visions that could become a reality.

      The topics critical for success – teaching, innovation, and third mission – were the three focal points of the evening: