News Overview 2015

December 2015

Pioneering Spirit for the New Year - This Works!

What are your hopes for the New Year? For many people in Southern Europe it’s clear what they want: to finally find employment. In Italy, Greece, and Spain every second person under the age of 25 is unemployed. We support fellows whose business ideas not only can create jobs for young people but also offer possible solutions for some of society’s problems.

The German-American Relationship: Common Values, Differing Interests?

The transatlantic relationship is facing new challenges. Global problems such as climate change and terrorism require cooperation based on trust. Especially in Germany, however, there is growing skepticism of a closer relationship between the two countries. In Stuttgart, experts discussed the origins of this skepticism as well as the future of transatlantic relations.

Adelbert von Chamisso Prize goes to Esther Kinsky and Ulyana Wolf

This year, the jury chose two equally deserving winners of the main prize: The writers and translators Esther Kinsky and Ulyana Wolf receive the 2016 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Translators Art in Confined Spaces

"In comics text is a bridge between the images," says the translator Willenz from Paris. "The language must be as if it was the original." Computer & Software program can not achieve that. Human translators remain essential for fine adjustments. In Stuttgart, professional translators from France and Germany gave insights into their job.
November 2015

The Best Ideas for a Senior-Friendly City

The Mobia project in Saarbrücken for senior-friendly public transport has been awarded the 2015 German Senior Citizens’ Award. Mobia received the main prize, worth 60,000 euros, at the award ceremony in Berlin. Other commendable initiatives were presented and awarded, too. Dr. Marianne Koch received an award for contributions to the advancement of senior citizens.

What Does India Think? Collection of Essays Published

India is undergoing a transformation. Prime Minister Modi wants to put the country back on the path to economic success and reposition it in international politics with a number of reforms. The collection of essays What Does India Think? offers insight into the current mood and interests of the subcontinent. The publication was presented at a panel discussion in Berlin.

China as a Constitutional State: An Impossibility?

The Chinese legal system is contradictory: on one hand, the government voted in reforms in the judicial system in the past two years; on the other, around 200 lawyers were imprisoned under obscure circumstances this summer. What exactly does the government mean when they talk about "socialist constitutionalism with Chinese characteristics"? A discussion with experts in Berlin gave some answers.

New Opportunities for New Talent

Shaking hands, receiving a certificate, moving forward. The acceptance of 50 young people to the Talent in the State of Baden-Württemberg fellowship program was straightforward yet significant. Florentin can barely believe that he is part of it: "This sheet of paper means so much to me. It opens the door to new opportunities that I never would have had otherwise."

Richard von Weizsäcker Forum: Responsibility and Leadership

Guests from around the world attended the Richard von Weizsäcker Forum in Berlin. The event focused on the issue "Responsibility and Leadership." Richard von Weizsäcker served as Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, which he occupied for over two decades.

We Mourn the Loss of Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

A man of his word - both during and after his time in office. Even once his frontline political career was over, former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt took a keen interest in the issues dear to his heart, one of which was European integration.

Tusk Outlines Key Role for Germany

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has called for Germany to take a strong leadership role within Europe regarding the refugee crisis. Speaking to an audience of 650 guests in Berlin, Tusk highlighted three key challenges where leadership is needed: securing the external borders of the European Union, tackling radical populism, and strengthening the political community of the West.

Gauck Calls for Equal Opportunities Based on Merit

At an event in Hamburg, German President Joachim Gauck spoke about equality of opportunity in education: "Educational attainment in Germany still depends strongly – too strongly, in fact – on students’ social backgrounds." The Robert Bosch Stiftung also used the conference to outline initiatives for greater equality of opportunity.

The First Port of Call for Leading Female Scientists

The AcademiaNet success story began with the push of a button, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially activated the site back in November 2010. Since then, AcademiaNet has grown to become the first port of call for decision-makers looking to find suitable women for scientific leadership roles and governing bodies.
October 2015

Where Israelis and Arabs Can Study in Peace

For 45 years the University of Haifa has advocated intercultural understanding in the Middle East. It is a place where Arab and Israeli students live and learn together. The Robert Bosch Stiftung hosted an charity evening for the booster club of the university. Guest of honor was the Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann.

Going Abroad - Acting at Home

Why is it important for young people to go abroad? German Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier discussed this question with those who know best: young people who have already participated in international exchange programs. In Berlin, they asked him questions about a European identity and the climate change.

"Access to Education Will Be a Decisive Factor for Refugee Children"

The school students on the Talent im Land fellowship program are currently getting to grips with the issues of migration and education. At the State Ministry, which is located at Stuttgart’s Villa Reitzenstein, scholarship holders and alumni aged between 13 and 23 discussed the issues with Minister Silke Krebs.

The New Magazine of the Foundation

The majority of the world’s population is living in cities. In order to serve as viable places to live, cities have to offer more than work, living space, and functional infrastructure. The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports active and creative people who develop new solutions for their cities. In the new magazine we introduce you to these people and their projects. Join us on our journey to Athens, Berlin, Griesheim, and Shanghai!
Engagement in der Palliativen Versorgung

Symposium on Palliative Care for Senior Citizens

The Foundation has funded projects to improve the quality of life of people suffering from incurable diseases for more than ten years now. The result of this work was presented and discussed at a symposium in Berlin that was attended by Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe.

Living in the City of the Future

In 2060, one in three people in Germany will be over 65 years old. How will this change our everyday life in towns and cities? Six initiatives that are nominated for the 2015 German Senior Citizens’ Awards show new ways how mobility, supply and leisure can be rethought for the city of the future. Their ideas and commitment can enrich our society.

Child Labor Activist Satyarthi Visits Stuttgart

Kailash Satyarthi freed more than 80.000 children from slavery and bonded labor in India’s stone pits, brick manufactures, and carpet factories. For his tireless fight against child labor, Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports his work and welcomed Satyarthi to the "Stuttgarter Gespräche" (Stuttgart Dialog).

A Level Playing Field When Working Toward the Abitur

According to the 2014 report on education in Germany, almost one in three children under the age of 18 is unable to achieve his or her full potential due to financial, cultural, or social circumstances. With "grips gewinnt," the Foundation actively works toward ensuring that these young people have fair starting conditions, regardless of their background or social status. A total of 110 new students have been admitted into the program in Hamburg.
September 2015

The Ambassador for Books

Karl Dedecius translated the works of numerous Polish authors into German. He is one of the most important translators of our time and a builder of bridges between cultures. He has not written his own book yet but if he does, so he says, he would write it about Hieronymus, the patron of translators. On the occasion of Hieronymus Day he spoke about his sacrifices and the art of translation.

The Opportunities of Cultural Collaboration in Europe

No matter if between young and old, established institutions and civil organizations, or even between nations: In the field of arts and culture collaborations are of vital importance, says Mark Terkessidis. At the kickoff event for the program "ΣτART - Youth Culture Initiatives in Greece", the journalist and migration researcher showed possibilities for new ways of collaboration in Europe.

Good Neighbors or Rivals? China and India at a Crossroads

More than a third of the world's population is living in China and India. The geopolitics of these two countries, their economic development and their hunger for resources characterize our time. But China and India are not only neighbors but also competitors. A discussion on the current state of their relations.

Europe for the First Time

It was a first for them: 150 students from the Balkans travelled through the European Union for one month. They tell stories of impressive cities, generous locals, new friends, and growing up. In addition to the vivid impressions of their journey, there are new thoughts - about freedom, about what Europe means, and which role the individual plays in it.

New Paths in Urban Development: "Citizens Must Be Asked"

More than half the world’s population lives in cities. Housing shortage and environmental pollution are just two of the challenges cities are facing. In Berlin, urban planners from North Africa and Germany exchanged opinions about the cities of tomorrow. In an interview, Meriem Chabou from Algiers talks about citizen-friendly urban planning and explains what Germans and Algerians can learn from each other.

Welcoming the World to Southwest Germany

With 206 students from 88 countries, the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg is now fully occupied for the first time. The young people from all walks of life will spend two years living and learning together in an environment that promotes tolerance and intercultural understanding. To mark the start of the new school year, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr. Nils Schmid, visited the school.
August 2015

Success with Social Ideas

They want to make a difference in their immediate surroundings, they help refugees to integrate, organize dance workshops, and support waste reduction. The young people participating in the "changemakerXchange" project have many ideas which they realize in their projects. During a meeting in Berlin and Paretz, they shared their experience and developped international collaboration projects.
July 2015

"Travel to Europe" Begins in Berlin

Rendezvous in Berlin: 150 students from the Balkans kicked off their four-week trip through the European Union in Berlin. The students are from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. For many of them, this is their first opportunity to visit neighboring European countries and experience Europe.

Digitalization: Risk or Opportunity?

Digitalization is transforming both the world of work and society in general. According to the latest studies, some 18 million workers could be replaced by intelligent machines, for instance. At the Foundation’s Talk in the Park, Dr. Christoph Kucklick and Bernd Dworschak discussed how the future might look.
June 2015

A Call for More Civility in Religion

Philosopher Julian Nida-Rümelin and author Sherko Fatah took to the stage of Stuttgart’s Schauspielhaus theater in their quest to uncover the origins of religious terrorism. They discussed the shortcomings of Islam, and looked at Western arrogance and religions in transition. For both parties, the separation of politics and religion is key.
Madeleine Albright

Aspen Ministers Forum 2015 - Challenging Assumptions

Questioning well-known assumptions in order to face global challenges: it was in this spirit that scientific and administrative experts met with ex-foreign ministers from 18 countries at the Aspen Ministers Forum in Berlin. Among the guests was former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Traversing Two Different Worlds

How does intercultural understanding work in extreme situations? At the Reading in the Park event, Sherko Fatah, this year's winner of the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, spoke about the cultural differences among his literary characters and the real-life conflicts currently raging in Iraq.

Karl Dedecius Prize for German and Polish Translators

Translators play a crucial role in societal dialog, breaking down the barriers of language. They open doors to other cultures. Katarzyna Leszczyńska translates the work of Herta Müller, whereas Sven Sellmer runs German-Polish translation workshops. They have both been awarded the Karl Dedecius Prize in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Five Years of "Education is Power!"

The multimedia campaign “Education is Power! ("Lernen macht stark! - Ögrenmek güc verir!") is aimed at families of Turkish origin and has been a success due to its ability to get parents actively involved in their children’s learning. To mark the initiative’s fifth anniversary, Aydan Özoğuz, the German Commissioner for Integration, met experts in Berlin to discuss educational opportunities and extracurricular support.

The Indian Ocean - International Conference with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Climate change, population growth, urbanization, and political instability - the nations located on the rim of the Indian Ocean are faced with myriad challenges. At the Indian Ocean Conference in Berlin, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, joined various international experts to discuss how to solve these issues in order to do justice to the region’s geostrategic importance.

2015 German School Award

"Putting wings on learning!" This is the slogan of the German School Award, which was launched by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung in 2006. On Wednesday, the 2015 prize-giving took place in Berlin in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The public broadcasting network ARD and the German Weekly Stern are the award’s media partners.

China-Germany Media Forum 2015

Prominent media representatives and editors in chief from China and Germany met in Stuttgart to discuss current issues such as the conflict in Ukraine and the Occupy movement in Hong Kong. During the sixth China-Germany Media Forum, the experts addressed the issue of a media landscape in a changing and complex world.
May 2015

Future of Science Journalism Master Class

New tools and digital forms of publication are seldom used in Germany for high-quality journalistic content – and this particularly applies to science journalism, despite the rise in new forms of storytelling and multimedia presentation in this field. As a result, the Reporter-Forum and Robert Bosch Stiftung have teamed up to offer the Future of Science Journalism master class.

Culture Changes Cities

How can a city develop through cultural activity? The participants of the Actors of Urban Change program addressed this issue for 18 months and found entirely different answers in ten countries, which they presented at the final event in Berlin.

Initiative to Combat Youth Unemployment Awarded with Heuss Medal

The Center for European Trainees (CET) has been awarded the 2015 Theodor Heuss Medal. The initiative to combat youth unemployment in Southern Europe was funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and is one of various projects to provide young people in Southern Europe with new prospects.
Bericht 2014

2014 Annual Report

The annual activity report of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for 2014 is now online! In this year’s report we focus on the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. We also cover important developments and progress in our project work. Like last year we forgo a printed version of the report for environmental reasons.

Remembering a Builder of Bridges

In Washington, the Foundation supported an in-depth discussion in honor of late German President Richard von Weizsäcker. The event, which featured two distinguished panels, was titled "Germany-Facing its History, Facing its Future," an apt name for one of Germany’s great statesmen, who died this January at the age of 94.

A Window onto Other Societies

"The Berlinale is not just a film festival. It is a cultural event that opens a window onto other societies and, in doing so, contributes to international understanding", said Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlin International Film Festival, at the Robert Bosch Academy. Kosslick offered a glimpse into both the past and the future of the Berlinale.

Faith, Freedom, and Foreign Policy

Religion has reemerged as a major factor on both sides of the Atlantic. Is Islam compatible with Western democracy? And which influence do Christian groups have on domestic and international policies of the United States? In the new report of the Transatlantic Academy the authors suggest ways of managing the interplay of faith, freedom, and foreign policy.

How to Make Education Innovation Travel

In the Berlin Representative Office of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, around 70 international education experts discussed the possibilities for successful sharing of good education concepts across borders. The keynote address was held by one of the most renowned education researchers in Europe: Andreas Schleicher from the OECD.


Władysław Bartoszewski was one of the leading supporters of German–Polish relations in the years after 1945, even though he had every reason to hate the Germans. We have lost a dear friend and a wise counselor who we will always remember with respect and the utmost gratitude.

Better Civic Education through a Love of Soccer

For young soccer fans it is a special experience to see the changing rooms of the professional players or sit at the sideline. "Learning in Stadiums" combines this excitement with topics of civic education and has reached over 27.000 adolescents. With the establishment of an own association the project now stands on its own feet.

50 Talented Youngsters in the State of Bavaria

"Talent im Land" helps gifted, educationally ambitious, devoted and socially involved 8th- to 12th-graders to work towards their school-leaving examination (Abitur). 50 more students from Bavaria have been accepted to the program and proved why they deserve to be part of it.
April 2015

Opening of the German School Academy

The Academy's goal is to spread the models of outstanding school operations from approximately ten years of the German School Award throughout the German educational landscape. To accomplish this goal, the Academy maintains, coordinates, and moderates a network of dedicated school administrators and teachers with experience in enacting reforms.

Israel – a Hopeless Battleground?

The conflict in the Middle East has reached the stage where no end is in sight: "Israel – a conflict never to be resolved?" This question was tackled by Israeli historian Moshe Zimmermann and member of the European Parliament Elmar Brok at an event held at the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart theater.

Study Tour to Armenia: "New realities, new perspectives?"

The South Caucasus is a region with old and new regional and geopolitical conflicts. At the invitation of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, 15 experts traveled to Armenia to learn more about the latest developments.
March 2015

"Let’s Consciously Rethink Old Age"

Federal President Joachim Gauck opened the exhibition "Dialog with Time" in Berlin. He held a keynote speech on new notions of age in a society in which people live longer. Visitors can explore the exhibition at the Museum for Communication Berlin until mid-August.

2015 German School Award Nominees

"Putting wings on learning!" This is the slogan of the German School Award, which honors educational achievements and helps make them usable to improve the quality of schools all over Germany. For this year’s award, 15 schools were nominated by the jury.

How Big Data Is Changing Our Lives

At the Robert Bosch House in Stuttgart, the internationally renowned Internet expert and Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger gave a lecture on the "digital revolution" and how big data is changing our lives.

The New Magazine of the Foundation

The "Era of Citizens" conference was shaped by impressive individuals from civil society and foundations, as well as by knowledgeable observers of this "third sector" of society. And they also provided the material for this magazine.

Network of Responsible Citizens

People who are prepared to help others play an important role in improving our life together in society as a whole. With the Responsible Citizens network, we want to present these people to the public and promote the effectiveness of their commitment.

Robert Bosch Junior Professorship 2015

Björn Vollan holds the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship 2015. Topic of his work: "The shadow of the future and the shadow of the past: Studying the impact of climate change".

Sherko Fatah Received the 2015 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

In Munich, Sherko Fatah was awarded the 2015 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, valued at 15,000 euros, for his prior body of work – in particular for his latest novel Der letzte Ort. This year’s patronage awards, valued at 7,000 euros each, went to Olga Grjasnowa and Martin Kordić.
February 2015

This Works! – Now in Italy, Too

With the This Works! project, successful social entrepreneurs make their business ideas available to partners in southern Europe. Doing so not only creates new jobs, but also social projects which give young people the ability to shape their own surroundings.
Eva Madelung

New Novel by Bosch's Daughter

Robert Bosch’s daughter Eva Madelung recently presented her novel, Reden, bevor es zu spät ist ("talking before it’s too late"), in Berlin. In the book, she portrays the disastrous silence between the war generation and the postwar generation in Germany through a fictional exchange of letters – a history that could have also been her own.

Where Are Economic Reforms Taking the People’s Republic?

The Chinese economy was long considered an unshakable engine of growth, but now it seems to be running out of steam. Or is this just a temporary slowdown, which may even have a healing effect? A discussion at the Foundation’s Berlin Office.

German School Academy

In order to share the German School Award winners’ achievements with as many schools as possible and help initiate changes towards providing better education, the German School Academy was launched. In short: at the Academy, schools learn from and with each other.

The Film Prize for Young Filmmakers from Germany and the Arab World

The Film Prize for International Cooperation for young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world was awarded at the Berlinale 2015. Three winning concepts will be implemented in Germany and the partner country this year supported with a total of 210.000 EUR.

"We Better Act in Concert"

The new Center for European trainees (CET) supports southern European young people in their search for an apprenticeship in Germany. At the same time, companies, associations and educational institutions get advise on training and mobility.

We Mourn the Loss of Our Trustee, Former German President Dr. Richard Freiherr von Weizsäcker

Richard von Weizsäcker was an active member of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Trustees between 1973 and 1997. He greatly influenced the Robert Bosch Stiftung like no other trustee. And the Foundation could not have found a better one.
January 2015

The Foundation’s New Year’s Reception

The Robert Bosch Stiftung welcomed around 300 guests from politics, civil society, media, science, and culture at its Berlin Representative Office on January 28, 2015.

Pioneers of Change

At the opening event of the second round of the program "Land Reclaimers. Shaping the Future Locally" 17 new initiatives have been honored. Laudator Prof. Claus Leggewie described them as "Pioneers of change, who open the doors in our society to more sustainability and more responsability".

Winners of the 2015 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

Sherko Fatah will be awarded the 2015 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung valued at 15,000 euros. This year’s promotional awards, valued at 7,000 euros each, are going to Olga Grjasnowa and Martin Kordić.

German School Award 2015

"Putting wings on learning!" This is the slogan of the German School Award, which was launched by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung in 2006. The award was launched to honor educational achievements and help make them usable to improve the quality of schools all over Germany.


Hubert Markl was a member of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Trustees between 2002 and 2010. Brilliant, powerfully eloquent, and fearless is how we came to know this great figure in the field of German research policy.

The Return of Violence

What drives people to terrorize and kill others? The journalist Jan Philipp Reemtsma and former Inspector General Wolfgang Schneiderhan discussed the question at the start of the new series "Theater meets Reality" in Stuttgart.