Impulses for knowledge
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.
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.
A Ladenburg Research Cluster represents one of the Foundation's primary research areas, in which academics from various disciplines as well as experts in the field work together. In an exploratory phase, the provisional topic is examined carefully to determine whether it can be researched effectively in an interdisciplinary setting with the resources the Foundation has available. As soon as a research cluster has been organized, a research proposal is developed which allows for participants to operate more or less autonomously. At regularly scheduled meetings, the participating academics review the progress of the research and coordinate the individual projects which comprise the project. Most research projects last three to five years, at which point the results are made public.