The scientific focus of the Journalist Collegium “Diving into Science” of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Leopoldina is set for two years at a time. In four seminars lasting several days each, the scientific topic was examined from different perspectives. Between 2012 and 2018, a total of 38 research institutions in Germany and abroad were visited, and 303 researchers answered questions from journalists. Each cycle was attended by 15 editors.
The enormous potential of digitization is reflected in the modeling of climate change, genome sequencing or the visualization of heterogeneous data sets. At the same time, big data is used to develop new technologies, production systems and work processes. How does the digital revolution change our everyday life and professional routine? What does the transformation towards an information society mean?
Measles in Germany, ebola in West Africa, multi-resistant germs in hospitals. The fact of the matter is that pathogens have not lost any of their aggressiveness. But how dangerous is the situation? What is the progress on new vaccines and what do synthetic biology, big data, and e-health achieve with respect to diagnostics, therapy and prevention?
Agriculture has changed a lot. Production, technologies, and markets have become more diverse and complex. Who determines what is sown and harvested – in Germany, the EU and worldwide? What role do climate change, land use, food safety, and biodiversity play? What is the potential of green genetic engineering?
Anyone wishing to curb climate change must prevent CO2 emissions worldwide. In this context, renewable energies can play a decisive role. By 2050, Germany’s energy supply is to come predominantly from renewable sources. Financially viable and secure solutions must be found to accomplish this. Which technologies are available? How can solar panels, wind turbines, storage technologies, and power grids be optimized? What will the climate-friendly city of the future look like?
Personalized medicine is the magic formula for the future of the healthcare system. The aim is to improve therapies, reduce costs and tailor treatment individually to any patient. But how is this going to work? How do we deal with an increasing number of patients suffering from currently incurable diseases such as dementia? Which socio-scientific approaches will help to strengthen the health of patients of the future?