Because #researchmatters

What does the campaign “DFG2020 – Because Research matters” want to achieve? What is it about and how can I participate? Here you will find explanations and examples.

With the campaign “DFG2020 – Because Research Matters” the German Research Foundation wants to convey its conviction for free and knowledge-based research to society. Because we can manage global challenges such as climate change, digitalization or demographic developments only by deciding all together for the knowledge, for research and science. Like the DFG as a self-governing organization of German science, the campaign can only be effective with the commitment of its members and many individuals. That’s why we need you!

Be part of “Because Reseach matters!”

The online campaign gives everyone a stage for text, image and video statements. Everyone should feel encouraged to name reasons #fortheKnowledge and why #researchmatters which can be as diverse as people theirselves. Tell us your reason why you chosed knowledge. Send us a statement, take a photo or a short video. Whatever you want to publish spontaneously by using the hashtags #researchmatters or #fortheKnowledge: Please send an email wissen@dfg.de.

Get inspiration by looking for #fürdasWissen on Twitter or Instagram. Tip: To make #fortheKnowledge and #researchmatters visible in photos and videos, we offer various graphic elements in the “Campaign Kit” – just print them out and use them!

»Modern science means cooperative research. Together we can do much more than separately. 1+1 is much more than 2!«

Prof. Dr. Dmitry Khokhlov
Physics Department, Moscow State University Moscow, Russia

»Knowledge is the basis for everyday creative search. It is a window into a new world, and new discoveries. It makes …«

Dr. Natalia Shishlina
Head of the archaeological department, State Historical museum Moscow, Russia

»We are living a unique moment where two bad facts are present: the widespread dissemination of fake news and a global …«

Dr. João Fernando Gomes de Oliveira
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of São Paulo, Brasil

»It is very important that much of our research is curiosity-driven. One is reminded of the answer thought to have been …«

»Experiment. Fail. Learn. Repeat. The DFG has always been at the forefront of extending the boundaries of knowledge, …«

Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia

»One of the grand challenges facing human being nowadays is sustainable development, which is involved food, water, environment …«

Professor Junwang (John) Tang
FRSC, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, UK

»Organizations such as the DFG are indispensable at a time when nationalism, prejudice and belief systems sometimes seem …«


Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

»Researchers and scientists work together in the patient’s interest. Science is a first responder against COVID-19, and …«


President and CEO, Research!America

»Curiosity is fundamental to human development and curiosity-driven scientific research is fundamental to the development …«

Prof. John Anthony Byrne
Professor of Photocatalysis in the School of Engineering, Ulster University, Belfast, UK

»Pressing problems, like the environmental crisis, require knowledge that give us the opportunity to make informed and …«

Jonas Stuck
Doctoral student in the Emmy Noether group “Hazardous Travel”

»I am #fortheKnowledge because it not only empowers individuals with a voice. It also exposes them to new ideas, allows …«

Ayushi Dhawan
Doctoral student in the Emmy Noether group “Hazardous Travel”

»Research always matters, in every conceivable discipline. The cultural context in which knowledge is acquired is also …«

Carol Kahn Strauss
Executive Director (retired), Leo Baeck Institute New York City / Berlin

»”Scientific research is an international, cooperative endeavor and is crucial for progress” is exactly to the point. …«

Michael J. Tannenbaum
PHD Columbia, Visiting Scientist CERN, Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory

»Global science catalyzes growth of new knowledge and (…) as such, science innovation drives discovery and creates …«

»There are many paths to discovery, but the common element is keen curiosity. Science requires freedom to follow your …«

»In an era of unprecedented changes and challenges, free and innovative scientific research encompassing multiple disciplines …«

Manos M. Tentzeris
Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics IEEE Fellow, DML-E and CRFID Distinguished Lecturer School of ECE, Georgia Tech

»Congratulations to the DFG on its 100th anniversary. There is no more important endeavor than to enhance knowledge and …«

Rosemary Wakeman
Professor of History & Interim Director, Graduate Studies Fordham University, New York, USA

»Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship can be found on the website of every research university and slogans such …«

Kurt H. Becker, PhD
Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, New York University, Tandon School of Engineering Brooklyn, USA

»This is the 100th anniversary of the DFG research grant since its predecessor. Let’s take this opportunity to talk and …«

»True curiosity does not know borders. #researchforknowledge positions itself beyond the borders of disciplines, institutions, …«

Prof. Liliane Weissberg
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in Arts and Science, and Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow, American Academy in Berlin, Spring 2020

»Happy 100 aniversery! To the next century of innovation and of scientific cooperation! #fortheKnowledge«

»What is joy? Surely it must include the unconditional commitment to furthering our understanding of the natural world. …«

Prof. Jeffrey A. Reimer
materials science division, lawrence berkeley national laboratory, University of California, USA

»I am #fortheknowledge because of my commitment to open science. Supporting and strengthening democracy requires making …«

Postdoc, Wilsoncenter, Washington DC, USA

»Scientific knowledge can optimally guide and transform individuals’ lives and entire societies. But that only works …«

Dr. Laurel Raffington
DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology & Population Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, USA

»Data and information are worth nothing without our knowledge. This is why I decided #fortheKnowledge. And I realize …«

Dr. Simone Rehm
Vice Rector for Information Technology, University of Stuttgart

»Virtual lab meeting in partner look thanks to @dfg_public #fürdasWissen – thanks a lot for supporting our research …«

Dr. Julia Esser-von Bieren und Kolleginnen
Helmholtz Young Investigator Group”Innate Immunomodulation”

»I decided #fortheKowledge because knowledge enriches you as a human being, and without knowledge the world becomes coarse …«

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel
Rector at the University of Stuttgart

»Acquiring knowledge is an adventure. It changes you. Let us multiply this knowledge and use it to develop our society.«

Dr. Matthias Gerberding
Office of the Rectorate, University of Stuttgart

»Deciding #fortheKnowledge also means: wanting to know more about knowledge. For more science research in science policy …«

Dr. Rainer Lange
Head of Research, Wissenschaftsrat, via Twitter @RnrLng

»Research-oriented teaching creates knowledge and gets students enthusiastic about learning!«

Prof. Hansgeorg Binz
Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education, University of Stuttgart

»In our post-factual world it is becoming more and more important to stand up #fortheKnowledge. Science wants to find …«

Dr. Melanie Haffner-Luntzer
@MelanieH_L via Twitter, University Ulm

»With our campaign we want to show how important knowledge and science are and why it is necessary to choose them again …«

Prof. Dr. Katja Becker
President of the DFG

»The ‘Fridays for Future’ generation decided #researchmatters – for the benefit of our planet. As a biodiversity researcher …«

Foto: Robert Lohse

»#researchmatters means to me: to advance the solution of the global problems of mankind and to do research on the cutting …«


Director of the TU Dresden and CEO of “DRESDEN-concept”

»Why we do what we do as infection biologists? Because we are curious & want to understand the underlying mechanisms …«

Dr. Gisa Gerold
@GeroldLab via Twitter

»For a clear conscience with knowledge!«

Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Co-Speaker of the Transregio 270: Hysteresis design of magnetic materials for efficient energy conversion, Uni Duisburg/Essen

»I choose #fortheKnowledge because there is too much ignorance anyway!«

Marco Finetti
Spokesman for the DFG

»I work #fortheknowledge because society is blind – on at least one eye – without scientific curiosity!«

Cornelia Lossau
Director Internet and Social Media, Press- and Public Relations, DFG


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