Impulses for knowledge

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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?

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.


Ladenburg Colleque

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.