„Lernen. Forschen. Machen.“


The Science Evening

Berlin Alexanderplatz Copyright: Berlin Partner / Wuestenhagen  

“The New Fiction of Good Science – in Need of a Paradigm Shift?!”



Charlotte Tuschinski

Department 3.0 – Press and Communications


+49 241 80 93891


  Copyright: Photo: Federal Government / Steffen Kugler We are delighted that the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, will deliver a welcome address at the Science Evening.  

150 years of RWTH does not only mean 150 years of "Lernen. Forschen. Machen.”, but also one and a half centuries of involvement in German academia. With such a wealth of experience, one can sometimes dare to switch roles – from player to critical observer – and question the future viability of universities within our system.

Developments such as digitalization, Industry 4.0, changes in the world of work and much more have a decisive influence on what we learn and how we will live in the future. In view of the fast pace of new challenges and historically-evolved structures, those involved in the system can often only focus on reacting instead of actively shaping the future of our nation. But what has to change for research institutions and politicians to get back to the driver's seat of the system? 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 Science Evening held in Berlin will shed light on the question of the future of the "university" institution from various perspectives, showcase best practices, discuss opinions, and formulate visions.

The Stiftung Mercator and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. are kindly supporting this event.


It is only possible to participate in the Science Evening upon personal invitation.

The patron of the event is the Minister President of North-Rhine Westphalia Armin Laschet.

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