- November 01, 2021
The past year and a half has been both a challenging and exciting time for science. COVID-19 has shown how vulnerable our globalized world is to pandemics while demonstrating successful international collaboration in the search for a vaccine. Now more than ever, we are aware of the value of science and how it can help shape and improve our future as a human race. However, the high value of science comes with high expectations: science in 2021 must be fast, transparent, cost-effective and ethically sound. Recognizing this tension, Aspen U.S. has launched a project to explore the current state of pure basic research and invited all international partners to participate.
Aspen Institute Germany participated in the project with a virtual workshop on Monday, November 1, 2021 from 17:00 to 18:30 CET. Our workshop focused on the following questions: What are the pressing scientific issues of our time? Are we doing enough in Germany to adequately support basic research? How do we communicate scientific content to a non-scientific audience? A diverse panel of science communicators, science funding organizations, policy makers, and scientists engaged in a public debate with different food for thought. Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Executive Director of Aspen Germany, moderated the virtual panel.