Impulses for knowledge


Infobox Bertha Benz Lecture

Bertha Benz Lecture and Prize Award

In honor of the innovative energy, visionary spirit and determination that Bertha Benz (1849-1944) demonstrated in proving that the early automobile could be driven for longer distances, the Daimler and Benz Foundation established a special event in 1987: the Bertha Benz Lecture and Prize Award. Female leaders from a wide range of fields are invited to speak on socially-relevant topics of their own choosing. In the course of the event, the Foundation awards the €10,000 Bertha Benz prize to a young female engineering student whose dissertation holds the promise of future societal benefits.

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.