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Martin Grötschel, president of the BBAW greets the guestsThe Podium: Andreas Sentker, Johannes Vogel, Sabine Kunst, Stefan Rahmstorf, Lorraine Daston, Peter Strohschneider and Uli Blumenthal (LTR), photo: Finja NissenStefan Rahmstorf and Lorraine Daston, photo: Finja Nissenphoto: Finja NissenPeter Strohschneider and moderator Ulrich Blumenthal, photo: Finja NissenModerator Andreas Sentker, Johannes Vogel and Sabine Kunst, photo: Finja Nissen
Martin Grötschel, president of the BBAW greets the guests
The Podium: Andreas Sentker, Johannes Vogel, Sabine Kunst, Stefan Rahmstorf, Lorraine Daston, Peter Strohschneider and Uli Blumenthal (LTR), photo: Finja Nissen
Stefan Rahmstorf and Lorraine Daston, photo: Finja Nissen
photo: Finja Nissen
Peter Strohschneider and moderator Ulrich Blumenthal, photo: Finja Nissen
Moderator Andreas Sentker, Johannes Vogel and Sabine Kunst, photo: Finja Nissen

The ZEIT Science Forum is a series of discussion events. Founded in 2001, it aims to open controversial contemporary issues to critical scrutiny. The forum takes place at the Leibnizsaal of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science.

The Topic: „Defend the Enlightenment! Science in a Post-Truth Age"

In many countries researchers are under pressure. When research generates uncomfortable insights it is often denied and countered with "alternative facts". The research community is denigrated as being part of the establishment, which argues only in its own interest. Experts are scolded, their budgets cut. Not only in the US, where Donald Trump denies the human causes of global warming. "The post-factual national populism that is currently haunting the world could become a threat to our civilization," warns the German climatologist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. What has brought about this crisis of trust? How does the public perceive of science? And what conclusion do scientists have to draw?

Panelists

  • Prof. Dr. Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science and Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of the Humboldt-University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf, Climatologist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact, Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (German Research Foundation), Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Vogel, Director General of Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History), Berlin

Hosts

  • Ulrich Blumenthal, Editor "Forschung aktuell", Deutschlandfunk
  • Andreas Sentker, Head of the department of science, DIE ZEIT

Former Topics of the ZEIT Science Forum

  • Man and Maschine - The Power of Algorithms
  • The Art of Renunciation
  • „Anywhere – Nowhere“ Excellence Initiative: Where is the journey taking us?
  • Miracle Plant, Designer Babies: The Rebirth of Genetic Engineering - unmatched precise, unmatched secure?
  • Strength evolves out of crisis
  • BIG-DATA: The end of our autonomy and privacy?
  • What can dreams tell about us?
  • Can wars be prevented?
  • When am I really myself?
  • If we have to die...
  • What does our vote mean for the future of German Science?
  • Where are the people?
  • Is this still science?
  • Is this normal? Who defines mental illness?
  • The Art of Self-Deception
  • Desire for happiness - scales for a successful living
  • Justice in the financial crisis - what is fair-minded today?
  • What are we going to eat tomorrow?
  • Per genetic testing to the planned child: Does pregnancy with reservations become usual?

Information

28 June 2017
7 pm
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities
Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

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