1. Science Administration 2.0: How to build and run effective academic organisations? (10-11am CET)
This Background Table will focus on one particular angle of the nexus of administration and science, namely at the administration of scientific organisations. Two new research facilities in the making, the German Center for Astrophysics (Deutsches Zentrum für Astrophysik) and the Center for the Transformation of Chemistry, will serve as starting point for the discussion. Building on these two exciting examples of nascent scientific organisations, the panel and invited participants will discuss pathways to building future-oriented structures that combine scientific excellence and enabling administrative structures. It will also explore how experience can be brought to bear in the planning of new scientific organizations in order to achieve the greatest possible effectiveness and what inspirations established organisations might draw for their own work and structures.
Preparation of the event is supported by Creative Bureaucracy Festival and our partner PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand.
2. Responsible Leadership as a Lever for Change (11am-1pm CET)
The individual commitment of leaders is an enormous lever for systemic change. However, the prevailing leadership paradigm, which has led humanity to success in various fields, is not prepared to deal with the most pressing challenges of our society and the planet. In this interactive session, we will look into the concept of responsible leadership, how the personal development and inner growth of leaders are connected to the shift towards a more regenerative economy, and what tools and skills are needed on this journey.
Preparation of the event is supported by BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.
3. Science in Ukraine: Status Quo and Further Funding Needs (2-4pm CET)
Since Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, many scientists have found temporary work opportunities in the EU. Although Ukrainian universities and academic institutions continue to teach and conduct research in war conditions, many of them have been destroyed. The participants of this Background Table will discuss how the global community can help rebuild Ukraine’s post-war science system and how it can further support scientists in and outside of Ukraine today.
Preparation of the event is supported by Volkswagen Foundation
4. Technological Sovereignty (4-6pm CET)
Growing geopolitical uncertainties and looming global trade conflicts are calling into question the confidence of recent decades concerning the close interdependence of national economies. In Germany and Europe, a discussion was raised about how independent a state must and can be with regard to critical technologies.
This Background Tables aims to enable exchange and provide orientation for decision-makers in science, business and politics in dealing with the aspired technology leadership of superpowers.
Preparation of the event is supported by Stiftung Mercator and MERICS.