Because #researchmatters

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. And it happened! The online campaign ended on December 21, 2020.

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Statements #fortheKnowledge and #Researchmatters

All statements are individual expressions by their respective authors.

»have chosen knowledge (#fürdaswissen), by deciding to complete my doctoral degree studies as part of a cooperation …«

Cynthia Michalkowski
SFB 1313 “Porous Media”, Doctoral Student at Robert Bosch GmbH and the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems of the University of Stuttgart

»Science for me represents how we can make use of the intrinsic human creativity and curiosity to understand macro or …«

Mariana A. B. Morais, Brazil
Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials

»Just one of many areas in which #researchmatters is to achieve the dream of energy-efficient and fast computers. Hopefully …«

Jonas Fischer, Germany/Japan
Advanced Materials Science, University of Tokyo

»Research and innovation have been invaluable to advance the standards of living in developed countries to their current …«

Mekdim D. Regassa
University of Bonn (ZEF)

»Science is power. Science is progress. Science is the future. That is why we, as Zukunftskolleg, are #forscience, to …«

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Dorcas Nthoki Nyamai, Kenya
TU Dortmund

»A university advocates #fortheKnowledge, functioning as an interface that unites research, teaching and the transfer, …«

Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem
Economics, University of Stuttgart

»Science is understanding the natural and social world around uns and it is based on observation and application. Research …«

Dr. Djeda Belharazem
Institute of Pathology, University of Medicine Mannheim / University of Heidelberg

»Without research we wouldn’t have cars, mobile phones, or environmentally friendly energy. In short: we wouldn’t have …«

Elissa Eggenweiler
SFB 1313 Doctoral Student, Institute of Applied Analysis and Numerical Simulation, University of Stuttgart

»For me, research is essential in the development the human. Research promotes Innovation and Ideas. It is our light …«

Ferial Al-Qubati, Yemen
German Studies, Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf

»For me, research is a process of always pursuing meaningful and challenging things. Keep fighting and keep excited. …«

Ding Yunyun, China
Technical University of Berlin

»Increased research and funding have not only made the reality of global warming common knowledge, but have also promoted …«

Meshack Imologie Simeon
PhD Student, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Chair of Process Biotechnology, University of Bayreuth, Germany

»Reseachers are like “detectives” of the whole world, they answer questions and solve problems based on an evidence. …«

Khishigdelger Enkhtur
PhD student,Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences, University of Bayreuth

»Nature has given us a lot and #Research is the least we can give back. «

Abegunrin Ayobami
MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany / Nigeria

»We, humans, are afraid of what we do not know, and research allows us to expand our knowledge.«

Lucas Pereira
Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Germany/Brazil

»Research is the light to the shadow. All of our living standards and technology we are using are #researchmatters.«

Kyaw Zin
Technological University of Thanlyin, Myanmar (Burma)

»Science is more than complicated theories and cutting-edge technologies. It is a path to truth, full of beauty and power. …«

Yonatan Fialkoff
ZzappMalaria, Israel

»#researchmatters – I strongly believe that if the world made more researchers, we would have been able to tame the …«

James Mwangi Kimani
The Mother Goose Kenya CBO

»I am confident that what we now call disability is only a temporary lack of technological innovation. For me research …«

Federica Barbugian (Italy)
Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, University of Maastricht (FHML) – Merln

»#Researchmatters an awful lot across the spectrum of time. Yesterday, it reconciled us with our humanity. Today, it …«

Ariadna Anamaria Petri
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain / Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

»I congratulate DFG for the 100th anniversary! In my opinion, research helps in solving any problem and development of …«

Rajdeep Roy
Doctoral student (DAAD Fellow) at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau

»Not all heroes wear capes, but many of them wear lab coats. #researchmatters«

Yu-Tung Kao from Taiwan
Medical Student, Taipei Medical University

»We live in a scientific and technological-driven world and it is through research we conduct scientific investigations …«

Vivek Kumar, PhD from India
Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

»For me as an environmentalist and efficient irrigation systems researcher, #researchmatters since it will ensure food …«

Martin Mungai Mburu
PhD aus Kenya, DAAD scholarship, Leibniz Universität Hannover

»For me as an archaeologist and ethnologist of Mesoamerican Studies, research creates identity and self-confidence for …«

Paul Graf, PhD
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn

»Research brings knowledge, knowledge breaks down the walls of ignorance and lights up humanity. Life for Science!«

Laurent Kidinda, PhD Student
Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Environmental Sciences Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology Soil, Resources and Land Use

»Research has opened up a world of clinical knowledge that was out of my reach. It empowers me to incorporate more evidence-based …«

Dr. Oshin Behl
Founder and President at Global Consortium of Medical Education and Research, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India / Dr. Med Candidate at the Department of ORL at University Clinic, Dresden

»For me, research stems from the urge of changing society. Innovation and ideas are entangled with our personal life. …«

Shawana Tabassum
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering The University of Texas at Tyler, USA

»The knowledge prepare us for the unknown, let it be good or bad. Thus, I’m #fortheknowledge. There are real problems …«

Ying Yan Ph.D
Institute for Insect Biotechnology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

»Because Research is the natural expansion of human curiosity, it is the fundamental activity of any science on which …«

Dr. Alejandra Arciniega
Institute of Geophysics Dep. Volcanology, National Autonomous University of Mexico

»Science also sometimes provides unpleasant findings. However, we must also consider those and fight together to find …«

»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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