Impulses for knowledge


AVENUE21 – Autonomous Transportation: Developments in European Urban Settings

In a few years' time, we will find using self-driving cars no more remarkable than we do using buses, trains or cars today.  But as soon as autonomous driving becomes a part of our lives, the ways in which this technology functions will be taken for granted and disappear into the background of everyday life. The movement from hype to background is something that many technologies have in common. Innovations in mobility have proven to be particularly noteworthy because they bring about profound changes in the built environment.  What scenarios can we expect to see?  Which developments in European countries will be supported or hindered by autonomous driving?

Evaluating the Language Skills of Children with Immigrant Roots

Nearly a third of the children currently starting school in Germany have immigrant roots. Although this statistic should not imply that children with immigrant roots have a worse mastery of the German language than those children without immigrant roots, in practice this is quite often the assumption. These faulty assumptions can result in massive disadvantages not only for the children directly affected but also for the society they live in. 

The Internet and Mental Health

Groundbreaking technologies change not only our daily lives and habits but also affect our perceptions, feelings, communication structures, and self image.  Never before, however, has the discussion of the impact of a technological development on mental health been as intense as it has been since the introduction of the internet.

Daimler and Benz Foundation

Openness and curiosity are essential prerequisites for discovery. In order to intensify the knowledge-generation process, the Daimler and Benz Foundation works with targeted stimuli. Using its €3 million yearly operating budget, the Foundation is able to provide sizable resources for international research. Its endowment of €125 million makes the Daimler and Benz Foundation one of the largest, actively-operating foundations in Germany.

The Daimler and Benz Foundation is guided by clear principles. Its core values include supporting young researchers, encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation, and promoting research in a wide-range of fields. The Daimler and Benz Foundation has created a forum where leaders in the natural and social sciences can present and discuss their ideas. This exchange brings unconventional associations and new ideas to light: The result is knowledge with long-term benefits for us all.