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

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»For me, research is an endless space of freedom, limited only by professional and ethical standards. Within this space, …«

Prof. Dr. Mikhail Boytsov
Faculty of Humanities, HSE University, Russia

»Research matters: As a kid I was always thinking that god knows the answers. But my teacher told me that god has created …«

Dr. Ravisankar Naraparaju
German Aerospace Center, Cologne

»Working at the edge of what is known and pushing barriers a bit with every research project is for us one of the most …«

Working group of Prof. Dr. Daniel Nettersheim
University Hospital Düsseldorf, Clinic for Urology, Urological Research Laboratory / Translational UroOncology

»I believe in a Science for Society, in sport psychology questions may come from scientific interest but likewise as …«

University Professor Dr. Markus Raab
Head of the Institute of Psychology of the German Sport University Cologne

»I am #fortheknowledge because it helps in life and makes our world better. However, even now it is still a privilege …«

Dr. Dilnoza Duturaeva
DFG Research Fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences Paris, France

»What science brings us is astounding. We know now things we never even knew existed. Keeping in mind that pushing the …«

Dr. Alice Valkárová
President of the Czech science funding organization GAČR

»Scientifically sound strengthening of contacts is the only way to restore normal interstate relations.«

acad. Vladislav Panchenko
Chairman of the Board of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

»On behalf of the Center for Quantum Technologies of Moscow University, I cordially congratulate the DFG on its centenary. …«

Prof. Dr. Sergey Kulik
Quantum Technology Centre, Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University

»Knowledge for me is one of the greatest legacies that passes on through generations. We learn it, comprehend it, renew …«

Xuan Liu
PhD student in TRR196, subproject S01

»The corona pandemic has brought into sharp relief the importance of bottom-up basic research and open discourse in science. …«

Professor Klement Tockner
President of the Austrian Science Fund FWF

»Research and Innovation are key to our collective future- essential for both economic development and a good quality …«

Professor Mark Ferguson
Director General Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

»On behalf of St. Petersburg State University, let us cordially congratulate the German Research Foundation team on a …«

Anna Porodina
Deputy Vice-Rector for International Affairs, St. Petersburg State University

»Science is the inner world of every person, but not everyone understands how interesting it is to look there. Science …«

Prof. Dr. Elena Gogina
Associate Professor of the Department of Water Supply and Water Removal, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), Russia

»The world is “why?”. Science is “because”.«

Pavel Vorobev
Chairman of Student Scientific Society, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), Russia

»The COVID-19-crisis has shown once more that collaboration and dialogue between partners of all types including international …«

Professor B. Mario Pinto
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Head, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Australia

»To the 100th anniversary of the DFG. I admire the harmonious and thorough work of this wonderful team, their faith …«

Prof. Dr. Yuri Kusrayev
Director of the Division of Solid State Physics, the Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg Principal Investigator ICRC – TRR 160

»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

»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

»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 …«

Neil A. Duffie, Professor Emeritus
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 …«

Mary Woolley
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 …«

Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen
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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