How can science, business and politics best cooperate to tackle the major challenges of the 21st century?
This is the question that was addressed at Future Dialogue – a conference hosted by the Max Planck Society and Siemens – in co-operation with Economist Conferences - on October 26, 2009 in Berlin.
The Max Planck Society (MPS) is Germany’s most significant organisation for basic research. It was established in 1948, as the successor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society which was founded in 1911. Today, the MPS maintains 80 institutes and 54 International Max Planck Research Schools, with around 13,350 staff members, including 4,900 scientists and researchers. In addition, during the year there are roughly 12,100 junior and guest researchers. Its institutes conduct basic research at the cutting-edge, in those areas where our current knowledge of the world ends – at the threshold of the unknown. Max Planck institutes rank among the world’s leading research institutions thanks to the internationally outstanding research results they generate and the excellence of their staff. At the same time, the organisation ensures the efficient utilization of resources. The Max Planck Society boasts a cost-benefit ratio that matches the world’s best research sites. Furthermore, Max Planck institutes educate thousands of highly qualified junior researchers each year, thereby ensuring the most rapid transfer of new methods and knowledge into practice.mpg.de
A global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens AG has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 160 years. With approximately 430,000 employees in about 190 countries, the company is active in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens is a leader in energy efficiency and environmental technologies. Generating revenue of €19 billion, the company’s Environmental Portfolio is the world’s largest. The comprehensive portfolio includes solutions for virtually all relevant fields of power generation, transmission and consumption – whether in buildings, lighting, transportation or industry – as well as other environmental technologies like water treatment and air pollution control systems. Wide-ranging research activities, university partnerships and scientific studies are all part of an intensive exchange of ideas between the company and the scientific community. And the effort has paid off: innovative products and solutions for climate protection as well as new insights in the area of urban sustainability are making a major contribution to the battle against climate change.siemens.com
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