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Lecture Helmut Ringsdorf


02 December 2005 FWN-Building 5114.0004, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker:Prof. Dr. Helmut Ringsdorf
Affiliation:Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Mainz, Germany
Title:Steps across borders! What do creativity, intelligence and responsibility have in common? OR Historical and current considerations about the socio-political responsibility of Science.
Date:Fri Dec 2, 2005
Location:FWN-Building 5114.0004
Host:Katja U. Loos
Telephone:+31 50 363 6867


At scientific meetings and academic jubilees, results and achievements are always praised but responsibility is seldom discussed. Nevertheless, we know that to be a sound scientist requires more than being able to deliver research results and to teach the subject. Especially those of us located in central Europe should know something about the traps of over-emphasising scientific achievements. Although the autonomy of our universities and research institutions in Europe are no longer endangered in a political sense, they exist today in a turbulent atmosphere, driven by absurd saving plans, sometimes bizarre elitism and influenced by evaluation games and over-bureaucracy. We are all responsible together for what is to come. What is to come? ?The best way to predict the future is to invent it?: Independent universities and research institutions are a prerequisite for the education of creative, courageous, nonaligned scientists, willing to accept their responsibility as citizens and as professionals.
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