Does scientific knowledge really help science itself

Why does the world need science? To the March for Science Germany on April 22nd, 2017

On April 22nd, 2017, people all over the world will take to the streets - at the March for Science. They demonstrate the value of science and research as a livelihood of our open and democratic society. There will be marches for science in Germany too; they are planned in more than a dozen cities.

The Science Media Center Germany supports the campaigns around the March for Science, because it is our concern, when science makes the headlines, to bring expertise into the media discourse and thus to provide well-founded information to society. We now wanted to know from the experts registered in our database:

Why does the world need science and research?

More than 60 experts give one sentence each as an answer.


Stefan Alt

Öko-Institut e. V.

"Because independent scientists can explain to people what science, business and politics actually want from them."

Dr. Andreas W. bed

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

“Without science and research there would be no knowledge and thus no progress and no innovations. "

Prof. Dr. Marco Bohnhoff

Helmholtz Center Potsdam - German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)

"The world needs science and research in order to be able to assess the world competently and based on facts."

Prof. Dr. Barbara M. Broker

Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald

"Science is democratic, because in the struggle for reliable knowledge only the best thought counts - not who it comes from."

Prof. Dr. Dirk Busch

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

"Only with research that creates knowledge can we create a future for all of us."

Prof. Dr. Felix Creutzig

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change gGmbH (MCC)

"Scientists are not only needed to gain new knowledge, but also to consolidate them in a summarized manner - an important prerequisite for global commons such as climate and land resources to be managed and preserved in a cooperative and sustainable manner."

Ute takes

Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

"We need research in order to gain new knowledge and to be able to answer open questions."

Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Demuth

Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI)

“It was curiosity to want to know what was hidden behind the mountains; Curiosity is to understand what is in the smallest of things; Curiosity is the search for a solution on how to get from A to B faster - curiosity is the driving force behind the human search for knowledge about our existence. "

Dr. Katharina Diehl

University of Heidelberg

"Science and research are important to identify health risks and to help people live long and healthy lives."

Prof. Dr. Roland Dittmeyer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"A free, self-determined society needs research that is free from direct political and economic influence in order to create new knowledge and a better understanding of the world for the benefit of all."

Dr. Martin Elsner

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Health and Environment

"With science we find solutions for a better tomorrow and use the opportunity to learn from yesterday."

Prof. Dr. Boris Fehse

University Medical Center Eppendorf (UKE)

"The world needs science and research because science creates knowledge based on facts, data and experiments, which helps us to understand problems of the past and the present - and thus to avoid or master them in the future as far as possible."

Dr. Katja Frieler

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

"Science tells of reality - and that is simply the most exciting story in the world."

Prof. Dr. Bodo Grimbacher

university hospital Freiburg

"Because the immune system needs more than vitamin C."

Prof. Dr. Helmut Haberl

Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt

“Limiting man-made climate change to a tolerable level is one of the most important and urgent challenges for mankind. Science and research provide the essential information base for this. "

Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"Without the search for the truth of science and research, we as humanity have no future, no past - and thus no present."

Dr. Robert Haesler

Christian Albrechts University in Kiel

"Modern science doesn't make us immortal, but it can help us stay healthy longer."

Prof. Dr. Hans Hauner

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

"Honest science has always been and always will be indispensable for the advancement of human civilization."

Dr. Klaus Hesch

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"If we don't find out something, then others do it - possibly to our disadvantage."

Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne

New Climate Institute

"The world needs climate science, because it is not denial and ducking that helps, but active research for solutions."

Prof. Dr. Thorsten wood

Ruhr-University Bochum

"We as humanity face many unsolved problems - climate change, access to clean water, security and trust in cyberspace, and the treatment of incurable diseases are just a few examples that must be solved through research."

PD Dr. Christian Hoppe

University Hospital Bonn

“Serious effort to get to the bottom of things elevates man; and the real understanding of the connections is his only chance of survival. "

Dr. Gabriele Hufschmidt

University of Bonn

"To inquire, question, understand and act."

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

“Democracy needs science; Debate needs facts, with knowledge of what you are arguing about. "

Prof. Dr. Winfried Kern

university hospital Freiburg

"Science and research are the only way to ethically oppose so-called alternative facts"

Prof. Dr. Joachim Knebel

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"Outstanding and globally networked science and research are a basic prerequisite for preparing young people for responsible tasks in society, business and science with the help of a research-oriented university degree and equipping these young people with an innovative ability that enables the transfer of knowledge into application and directly to society Benefit, economic prosperity and preservation of the natural foundations of life contribute to all of us. "

Prof. Dr. Andrea Koschinsky-Fritsche

Jacobs University Bremen

"We can only use and protect our earth sustainably for the good of all if we understand it - we need science and research for that."

Dr. Dr. Dr. Jens Kuhn

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

“No research - no smartphone; no science - no aspirin. "

PD Dr. Stefan Lange

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)

"Because true science tries to explain the world without prejudice."

Prof. Dr. Karsten Lemmer

German Aerospace Center V. (DLR)

“Science and its results form the basis for the functioning of our society - today and in the future. As part of our everyday life, science needs freedom, openness and democracy. DLR welcomes initiatives such as the 'Marches for Science', which stand for the value of science and research as a basis for life in our open and democratic society. "

PD Dr. Eva Lermer

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

"Knowledge creates opportunities, takes away fears, provides orientation - science researches the fundamentals for this, proves the connections and thus provides security: This enables trust."

Micha Lesemann

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)

"Technical advancements such as automated driving require a well-founded social debate that can only be conducted on the basis of neutral, scientific facts."

Prof. Dr. Levermann is different

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

"The denial of scientific truths can become one of the greatest threats to democracy."

Prof. Dr. Markus Lienkamp

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

“Who, if not the scientists, should find out and speak the truth? Who, if not the scientists, should one believe? "

Dr. Gunnar Luderer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

"Science helps to understand what effects our actions today have on the world of tomorrow - for example on the climate."

Prof. Dr. Amade M'charek

University of Amsterdam

“All things that we meet today in everyday life; the abundance of food and consumer goods, our long life, free from existential threats: we ourselves are the result of science.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Hasso Plattner Institute

"Science and research must be committed to the truth and only thrive in freedom."

Bernhard Mühr

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"Science and research - the search for better alternatives so that the same mistakes do not (have to) be made over and over again."

Dr. Marloes Penning de Vries

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

"Let's imagine a world without science ... No, I can't."

Dr. Marlies Pinnow

Ruhr-University Bochum

"Science and research enables globally objective decisions and thus helps to make the world a little better for everyone every day."

Dr. Christoph Pistner

Öko-Institut e. V.

"Only through science and research can we understand the causes of our past and present mistakes and (sometimes) avoid them in the future."

Dr. Gian-Kasper Plattner

Federal Research Institute for Forests, Snow and Landscape (WSL)

"Science creates knowledge and thus provides the basis for informed decisions - yesterday, today and tomorrow."

Prof. Dr. Barbara Prainsack

King's College London

“What is sometimes forgotten is that even the methods and technologies used to attack the freedom of science were made possible by the latter. Only free science can afford to be impartial - and that's why we need it. "

Wolfgang Raskob

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"We need research and science so that we can tell our grandchildren with a clear conscience that we have tried everything to improve their living conditions and make them liveable."

Dr. Barbara Rath

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)

"The world needs science and research because we have to keep learning anew to question our convictions."

Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn

Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies e. V. (IASS)

"In a complex world, only better knowledge can provide reliable guidance for effective, efficient and fair problem solving."

Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing

BIOSS Center for Biological Signaling Studies

"The world needs science so that facts instead of opinions can be used to make decisions."

Prof. Dr. Martin Riese

Research Center Jülich (FZJ)

"Secured scientific knowledge is an essential prerequisite for dealing responsibly with climate change."

Dr. Hedwig Roggendorf

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

"Through science and research, diseases have been and are successfully combated and thus contribute to human progress."

Prof. Matthias Ruth

Northeastern University

"Science enriches."

Prof. Dr. Dirk-Uwe Sauer

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)

"Science discovers new energies in order to enable ten billion people and their grandchildren to lead a dignified life."

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schäfers

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology

"The world needs scientific research to collect information according to recognized standards so that the 'post-factual age' does not become a reality."

Dr. Matthieu-P. Schapranov

Hasso Plattner Institute

"Science: So that future visions don't just stay fiction."

Prof. Dr. Joachim Scharloth

Technical University Dresden

"A society needs an independent body that shakes its certainties: science."

Prof. em. Dr. Joachim Schiemann

Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

“For me, science is important and wonderful because I can be in constant contact with intelligent and committed people, because I am always enthusiastic about the complexity and ingenuity of living systems, and because working with science makes me believe that my life grows has a purpose. "

Dr. Hans Schipper

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

"Science and research tackle the fundamental questions of our world and thus pave the way for progress in all areas of life."

Prof. Dr. Rita Schmutzler

University Hospital Cologne

"There is not a single person who does not benefit from medical research in the course of his life - provided he has health insurance."

Prof. Dr. Rolf Schubert

Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

"People are curious, they want to recognize the world, use the knowledge and shape the world - even if they sometimes make mistakes."

Dr. Tim Schwartz

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI)

"The world needs science and research because science is neither based on dogmas nor on authority, but on the constant review of previous assumptions, especially our own, about the world through practical research."

Dr. Thomas-Benjamin Seiler

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)

"Scientific research works out the facts that prevent good faith or ignorance from being used against the interests of the public."

Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI)

“Science solves the problems that we would not have without it: because we would all still live hungry, sick and oppressed in dark holes and die early, as in the tens of thousands of years before we finally started the Enlightenment, systematically to expand our knowledge; unfortunately this is all too often forgotten or even actively ignored. "

Prof. Dr. Michael Sterner

East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg

“The world functions, among other things, according to the natural laws of physics and the logic of mathematics; therefore science and research are needed: in order to discuss fact-based discussions in the post-factual gut instinct age and to shape society. "

Dr. Alexander Stingl

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

"The world needs science and research in natural, humanities and cultural studies cooperation and in open dialogue with all levels of society so that we know where we can go, where we should go and where better not."

Prof. Dr. Michael Strube

HITS - Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies

"The freedom of science is anchored in the Basic Law, and we have to stand up for it."

Dr. Kirsten Thonicke

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

"Science can help preserve miracles like the Amazon forest because it takes a great deal of research effort to understand its laws and limit its endangerment."

Clemens Triebel

Energy Consultant

"The earth is round, orbits the sun and was not created in seven days."

Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler

Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

"A scientifically sound basis is indispensable for health protection measures."

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wiemann

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

"Science and research are the basis for our healthier future."

Dr. Beate Wieseler

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)

"Because we can use the results of science and research to make better decisions, for example when treating sick people."

Further sources of research

More information about the March for Science in Germany