HIPS-Talk “Science and Society – Thoughts about the Value of Creativity for a Sustainable Future“
The global challenges facing society have not changed, they have only grown. There is an urgent need to innovate in the future to solve the daunting challenges such as: feeding the projected 10 billion people by 2050 and finding new technologies to help protect crops against changes in climatic conditions. Against this background the pressure on science to help provide answers and solutions to these challenges is growing. This lecture will discuss the decisive role of the creative process in scientific work. These fundamental reflections will be expanded by considerations that explore how the scientific community, as a part of society, contributes value to society and how it resonates with its social environment. Today, more than ever before, science is increasingly called upon to engage in a dialogue with society. Furthermore, thinking about science-based innovations, one has to consider significant changes in the very nature of how societal acceptance of innovation works in the “participation society”. With these ideas in mind the presentation looks at the passionate creativity of our scientists as well as our commitment to an open dialogue with society to contribute to the development of innovative solutions for pressing societal challenges.
Gebäude und Raum
Blg E8.1, Seminar Room (Ground Floor)
Dr. Günther Eberz
Günther Eberz leads the new subject area “Stakeholder Relations Academia” within the department Agricultural Policy & Stakeholder Affairs of Bayer´s Division Crop Science. He studied biology at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, where he graduated with a degree in 1985. Four years later he received a doctoral degree in natural sciences from the Freie Universität, Berlin. After joining Bayer AG in 1990, he worked 12 years in different business units leading research projects in environmental protection, materials research, bio-analytics, anti-infectives, as well as natural product biosynthesis. After subsequently spending four years in Bayer’s Corporate Center with responsibilities for stakeholder dialogues related to issues of life science technologies, he moved to Bayer CropScience´s department Public & Governmental Affairs, initially with responsibility for environmental and scientific subjects, then as Head of an interdisciplinary PGA Biologics Working Group. In addition, he had a teaching assignment focused on soft skills for natural scientists at the RWTH Aachen. Scientific awards include the Ernst-Reuter-Preis of the Freie Universität Berlin (1990), the Promotionspreis der Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (1990), and a “Jugend forscht”- Preis in the subject biology (1979).
Prof. Dr. Rolf Müller