November 2017

How Can Integration Succeed?

Since 2015, hardly any other topic in Germany has been discussed as much as the reception and integration of refugees. But one voice is usually missing in the debates - the voice of the refugees themselves. The study "How can integration succeed?" focuses exactly on this perspective and allows new insights and recommendations.

Talent is not limited to where you come from

They are musical, they raise money for a Ghanaian school and they support their refugee classmates. These new "Talent im Land" scholarship students are educationally ambitious, talented and socially involved. But because of their parents´ socioeconomic status it is not always easy for them on their way towards the school leaving examination.

First Forum for Global Peace Advocates

Truth, justice, and remembrance: These themes take center stage in the work of the global peace advocates committed to dealing with violent conflicts and regimes in order to pave the way toward lasting peace. The Robert Bosch Stiftung hosted its first "Global Community Forum" in Berlin, bringing together 120 of these peace advocates.

At the Ende of the Mega Election Year

The core question currently circulating throughout Germany and Europe is: "How much disparity can we live with?" Finding answers to this question will be critical to lawmakers’ and governments’ success in dealing with the protest movements in their nations, said Karl-Rudolf Korte, professor of political science and expert in election analysis, at the "Talk in the Park".
October 2017

"The City Concerns Us All"

Urbanization is and continues to be a megatrend: Over two billion more people will live in cities by 2055. However, the design of these cities remains uncertain. On the occasion of the World Cities Day on October 31, this year’s theme being "Innovative Governance, Open Cities," architect and urban planner Vanessa Miriam Carlow talks about her "Open City" project and her vision of sustainable urban development.
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Strengthening the Dialog, Not Increasing the Divide

How can we maintain the special relationship between the USA and Europe in the future? The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s answer: by stepping up our cooperation. Together with a U.S. think tank, The Brookings Institution, the Foundation has launched the "Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative." At the kickoff event in Germany, international experts discussed the current challenges in transatlantic relations.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

To mark France being the Guest of Honor country at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its associated DVA Stiftung presented the "Dialogue of Ideas" at the book fair. This series of events focused on German-French translators who, besides the authors, play one of the most key roles in the literary world.

Quo vadis, China?

Following elections in Europe, another major political event with global implication is about to take place: the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Delegates are set to vote for a new leadership panel, charting the country’s future political course. What are the challenges China will be facing in the years ahead? This question was subject of the event "Engaging with China" in Berlin.
September 2017

Europe's Future in the Face of Transatlantic Challenges

How are European countries standing up for their own interests in dealing with the USA? This was the topic of discussion among foreign policy experts at an event hosted jointly by The Brookings Institution and the Robert Bosch Stiftung as part of a wider initiative. Other issues discussed included Russian aggression, trade, immigration, and relations with the USA.

Young Researchers Shaping the World of Tomorrow

Their activities include halting the decline of bees, extracting water from pharmaceutical waste materials, and campaigning for sustainable fashion. As part of the "Our Common Future" program, high school students are working on real-life research projects connected with sustainability. At the first-ever youth congress, they were given fresh motivation from the likes of former astronaut Thomas Reiter.

A Large Audience Comes with a Large Responsibility

Soccer reaches and excites people like almost no other sport. But time and again violence and racist chants also occur in the stadiums. The project Learning in Stadiums fills them with political education instead. While handing over the project to the DFL Foundation, personalities from professional soccer and society discussed the responsibility of the sport.

How Can Refugees Participate in Politics?

In the last six years, the number of refugees worldwide has more than doubled. The integration of these people is a much discussed topic in many countries. How can refugees themselves participate in political life? Lina Antara explains how a global research project looks at the possibilities and limits of political participation.

We Choose Freedom

As exile journalists they are forced to be experts for suppression and not being free. In a German-language newspaper supplement, journalists from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan write about what freedom, democracy, and self-determination mean to them.
Die Geschäftsführer der Robert Bosch Stiftung

Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Management Board

Sandra Breka and Dr. Hans-Werner Cieslik have joined Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall and Uta-Micaela Dürig in managing the operations of the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH. Chairman of the four-person management team is Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall.
August 2017

Memory Cultures

On behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, eight creative professionals from China, Germany, Israel, and other nations designed individual and co-created joint themes for a memory game, addressing various forms of memory cultures – socially approved or acquired manners of a society or a group used to keep parts of the past in their consciousness.
July 2017

2016 Annual Report

Crises and conflicts are arising at an unexpected pace and intensity that no one could have anticipated. In order to make a meaningful contribution to a sustainable and peaceful development of society, we defined three focus areas guiding our work in addition to our traditional areas of support. Read our annual activity report about important developments and progress in our project work.

Taking inspiration from "engine" and "couple"

Differences are not necessarily obstacles to a relationship, and in many cases they may turn out to be of value. This was the general message at the panel discussion on res publica with Winfried Kretschmann, state premier of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and France’s former prime minister Manuel Valls at the University of Stuttgart.

"Women Carry Half of Heaven on Their Shoulders"

Young women in China are under enormous social pressure, and economic inequality between the genders is increasing as well: While women earned an average of 80 percent of their male colleagues’ annual salary in 1990, the ratio had fallen to 60 percent by 2010. So what is the current status when it comes to the role of women in China? A panel discussion in Berlin provided insight.
Junge Krankenpfleger beim Demokratie-Workshop

Who Is Going to Vote?

In a movement called Demo, young people have joined together to convince their generation that democracy requires commitment and dedication. A workshop demonstrates that politics can be fun and that participation is worth the effort.   

No School Left Behind

How can schools in crisis return to focusing on their mission of educating the young? The example of ten schools in Berlin that had reached the limits of their capability to act shows how it can be done: Thanks to the "School Turnaround" project, they have managed to get teaching back on track.
Volker Perthes im Gespräch

Germany, Europe, and the World in 2017

The course of US President Trump, the anti-European trends in some EU countries, the aggressive policy of Russia, the conflicts in the Middle East - are we witnessing a turning point in our world order? How Europe should react to these developments explained Professor Volker Perthes, Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, at the "Talk in the Park" in Stuttgart.
June 2017

Hearing Before the US Senate: Russia and Germany's Elections

What impact does Russia have on democratic elections in Europe? And what can we expect for the upcoming German federal elections? These questions were the focus of a US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, testified as an expert for the situation in Germany.

What Do NGOs Expect from the Global Migration Forum?

At this year's "Global Forum on Migration and Development" in Berlin, state representatives debated on migration and development. 23 civil society organizations and networks are asking the German government to create considerably more regular ways of migration and to protect undocumented migrants.
GGF-Fellow präsentiert vor anderen Teilnehmern in Berlin

Looking Ahead: The World in 2027

Global health, data governance, transnational terrorism: These three topics are expected to dominate the international agenda in the future. As part of the "Global Governance Futures" program, 25 junior managers from China, India, Japan, the USA, and Germany took a look ahead to the year 2027. In Berlin, they presented their future scenarios.
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The Magazine "Sustainability"

Many people want to lead a more sustainable way of life but what can a single person do to contribute? In our new magazine Sustainability, we introduce you to creative and committed people who make our world a more sustainable place - be it at a farm, in the lab, in the supermarket or at an old train station.

Going Abroad Makes a Difference

International experiences greatly benefits the individual, but also society. The change of perspectives broadens ones horizons, helps break down prejudices, and, in the long run, enables successful and responsible behavior in a globalised world. Therefore, every young person in Europe should have the chance to gain international experience.
May 2017
Der Deutsche Schulpreis 2017

The 2017 German School Award

"Putting wings on learning!" This is the slogan of the German School Award (Der Deutsche Schulpreis) by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung. The award honors educational achievements and helps make them usable to improve the quality of schools all over Germany. The main award ist endowed with 100,000 euros.

"I Am Not a Slave to My Illness"

Around 40 percent of people in Germany are affected by chronic disease – an increasing trend that includes conditions such as asthma, rheumatism, diabetes, and mental illnesses. In most cases, those affected simply cannot carry on as before; they have to make changes in their life. They can find out how to make these changes successful as part of the INSEA self-management program.

Speaking with One Another Rather Than about One Another

Editors in chief and well-known media representatives from China, Germany, and the United States came together in Berlin for the first joint media forum between the three nations. On the invitation of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, they talked about journalistic challenges that extend beyond their own national borders - from fake news and continuing digitilization on to the media’s responsibilities.

Recommendations for Better All-Day Schools

The number of students attending all-day schools in Germany has increased. Significant efforts were put into the expansion, but education researchers are seeing sobering results. For this reason, together with three foundations that support improvements to education, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has created comprehensive recommendations relating to policy and administrative changes.

Why Is Populism So Popular?

A group of international journalists is hunting for answers surrounding the events of the French election: why is the concept of a united Europe in such peril right now? The first event of the Bosch Alumni Network is proof that different perspectives inform your own opinion – and that the networking of the alumni opens up new possibilities.
April 2017

The Future of Refugee Policy

The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) presented its Annual Report 2017. The report shows new approaches for the integration of refugees into the labor market and society and outlines proposals for further development of EU refugee policy.

"The Progress of Seven Decades Is Now in Peril"

The transatlantic partnership is increasingly being called into question by nationalist and divisive forces in both American and European politics and society. New impulses and analyses are needed to reinforce transatlantic cooperation. This is the main objective of the "Brookings - Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative". Brookings' president Strobe Talbott explains, why the initiative could not be more timely.

Elections in France - the End of the EU as We Know It?

"The EU has been too often described as part of the problem, but it is part of the solution." The French journalist Natalie Nougayrède is Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and an observer of international politics. In the interview she talks about the consequences of the breakthrough, the influence of Fake News, and why the election in France is decisive for the EU.
Baladiya Teilnhemer in Freiburg schaut Richtung Himmel

Chasing Sunshine

How can cities become more sustainable? As part of the Baladiya program, urban developers from North Africa are looking for answers to that question. They visited Germany’s first solar settlement in Freiburg. But renewable energy is merely one aspect of sustainable urban development - at least according to Hafsa Bakri from Morocco, who is thinking even further.
March 2017

How Young Muslims in Germany Are Getting Involved

Whether playfully, critically, or ending a fast through fair trade - Muslims in Germany want to help make a change and offer a positive example of Islam. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is funding this commitment through the Yallah! program. Along the way, the young people encounter not only the classic prejudices, but also - and above all - plenty of curiosity.

Reconsider the Advanced School Level

The Abitur is regarded as an entrance ticket for professional success. More and more students are striving for this school graduation. Thus, the advanced school level is becoming more complex and has to adapt to new requirements. At the forum "Oberstufe neu gestalten" of the Deutsche Schulakademie, participants developed new learning formats, discussed accesses and alternative school leaving certificates.

Young Bridge Builders for Europe

The signing of the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago marked the beginning of the road towards a united Europe. What does Europe mean to young people today? High school students from seven different countries have had their say – and they were full of answers like community, diversity, and one big homeland.

The 2017 German School Award Nominees

The jury nominated 14 schools for the German School Award 2017. Among the nominees are two German schools abroad. Students and teachers will participate in the award ceremony with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on May 29, 2017.

New Robert Bosch Biography Published

Successful entrepreneur and concerned citizen, maverick and pioneer of the social market economy: in his biography of Robert Bosch, Peter Theiner paints a portrait of one of Germany’s most successful industrial magnates of the 20th century. In an interview, Theiner provides insight as to why Bosch, his mind-set, and his impact are once again relevant in today’s world.

Leipzig Book Fair 2017

The great spring reading festival in Leipzig. The events held by the Robert Bosch Stiftung include literary voyages of discovery with Border Crossers authors, a translators’ meeting, and readings from this year’s Chamisso prize winners. This year’s program focus "Europa21. Thinking tomorrow’s society" focuses on visions and ideas regarding the current challenges in Europe.
Juniorprofessorin Dr. Michaela Dippold

Fostering Sustainable Nutrition in Africa

In the coming decades, food shortages on the African continent will continue to intensify, especially in the dry sub-Saharan regions. Dr. Michaela Dippold, Robert Bosch Junior Professor 2017, wants to identify the adaptation mechanisms of older plant varieties looking at the small contact zones between the roots and soil. Her results are to be used as a basis for a new generation of high-yield varieties.

Chamisso Prize: Telling Today’s Stories

Author Abbas Khider (right) was honored with the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in Munich. The jury praised him as a "sensitive observer" of the situation for today’s refugees. In his latest novel, he made the main character a refugee who describes his exhausting experiences in Germany. The two Promotional Prizes go to Barbi Marković and Senthuran Varatharaja.

France Approaches an Important Election

A threat to European unity, populist movements are growing stronger in many European countries. Just how strong these movements are will become much clearer following this year's elections. What will the democratic camp in France do to counteract the populists? Journalist Michaela Wiegel, who has observed our neighbors for many years as a correspondent in Paris, shares her thoughts in an interview.

"We Don't Even Know What Dreams They Have"

Germany has been debating about what the correct refugee policy is since 2015. However, the people affected are rarely afforded the opportunity to share their side of the story. Chamisso Prize winner Abbas Khider therefore made the main character of his latest novel a refugee. In an interview, Khider explained the message of his book - and what the current social division in Germany has in common with a marital crisis.
February 2017
Madeleine Albright bei den Stuttgarter Gesprächen

Madeleine Albright in Stuttgart - "In My Heart I am European"

What role does the US intend to play in a world that finds itself in a state of disorder? At the Stuttgart Dialog, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright advocates for both sides of the Atlantic to stick together. She is concerned about the Trump administration’s policies, yet she also looks at the state of the EU with a critical eye.

"Technology Can Go Both Ways"

Governments and companies collect an extensive amount of information about us and our Internet usage. Do the opportunities that Big Data presents justify an invasion into our privacy? At the Global Governance Futures dialog forum, young international professionals map out future scenarios and discuss the ethical use of technology.

Film Prize for New German-Arab Productions

At Berlinale Talents, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has awarded the Film Prize for International Cooperation between young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world. Matching this year's Berlinale Talents motto "Courage", the three winning projects tell stories of independence and self-determination.

Berlinale Talents 2017 Ready for Action: Courage!

Courage is the theme of this year’s Berlinale Talents, the meeting of up-and-coming talent of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Around 250 young filmmakers from more than 70 countries come together in Berlin and take part in workshops given by renowned professionals. One highlight is the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Film Prize for young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world.
January 2017
SINGA Deutschland Teilnehmer/ Foto: Max Power

From Refugee to Neighbor, Colleague, and Fellow Citizen

Following Germany’s acceptance of many refugees, one question has been dominating the current discourse: How can these refugees be integrated in such a way to allow them to successfully become neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens? We support projects that demonstrate concrete methods for successful cohabitation with refugees on a local level - in the professional world or at a karaoke bar.

What Really Matters to Refugees

Real social contacts to the German population are important to refugees. They wish for an intact social life and stable personal relationships. These are the first results of a study by the Expert Council’s Research Unit and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. What makes this survey unique is that refugees can address their own topics.

The Foundation's 2017 New Year's Reception

In Berlin, directors of the Foundation’s Board of Management Uta-Micaela Dürig and Professor Joachim Rogall welcomed 300 guests from politics, civil society, media, science, and culture. Together they had their first glimpse of what is to come in the new year with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Die Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preisträger 2017

Adelbert von Chamisso Prize 2017 for Abbas Khider

Writer Abbas Khider (r.) receives the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize worth 15,000 euros. The two Promotional Prizes worth 7,000 euros each go to the authors Barbi Marković and Senthuran Varatharajah.

Foundation for Peace

War and conflict leave their mark on a society long after the fighting has ended. And it is often underestimated how important the process of reconciliation after the conflict is. At the "Berlin Seminar: Truth, Justice, and Remembrance," participants from more than 15 countries around the world come together to converse with German experts and visit local memorial sites.