Science

Research for Sustainability

Nachhaltige Landwirtschaft
How can we come to grips with climate change, the excessive consumption of natural resources, a decrease in biodiversity, and soil degradation? At the same time, how can we ensure social justice and a good quality of life all around the world? Only if we understand the complex processes behind the greatest challenges of our time can we develop new forms of environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable lifestyles.
Excellent science is making a significant contribution to finding solutions to these problems. The duty of science in this respect reaches far beyond the simple creation of knowledge. Societal developments have to be understood, previously unused scientific potential has to be tapped, innovative technologies have to be developed, a foundation for political decisions has to be prepared, and a new societal and economic approach to dealing with raw materials, for example, has to be found.
But we have to rethink the working methods in science as well. We must move away from researching in disciplinary "drawers" and toward systematic approaches and collaboration between disciplines as well as with politics and society – across national and continental borders and always focused on the questions that are being asked in society and by various societal groups.
With our programs, we support young people, the next generation of scientists, brilliant researchers, and transdisciplinary networks that deal with research for sustainability.
We are active in the following projects
ARETÉ Junior Chairs

ARETÉ Junior Chairs

As an "ARETE Junior Chair", exceptional African postdocs who have studied at an AIMS center and worked abroad can return to Africa and continue their research leading an own, independent research group.

 
Our Common Future

Our Common Future

We support projects, that give scientific answers to questions of mobility, nourishment and environmental problems. The goal of Our Common Future is to give students and teachers the opportunity to discover latest findings on sustainability in joint projects with scientists.

 
Robert Bosch Junior Professorship

Robert Bosch Junior Professorship

Each year we invite applications for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship "Research into the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources", granting up to one million euros for independent research over a period of five years.

 
Research Training Group "Processes of Sustainability Transformation"

Research Training Group "Processes of Sustainability Transformation"

The research group aligns with the research agenda of the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University of Lüneburg that focuses on sustainability and transdisciplinarity, as well as integrates social sciences, humanities and natural sciences approaches.

 
Related projects of the Foundation
2°Campus - Our Climate, Your Future

2°Campus - Our Climate, Your Future

Students between 15 and 19 years of age learn about topics related to climate observation and simulation as well as green technologies. They work on their own research projects.

 
African Science Leadership Program

African Science Leadership Program

Young scientists from Africa develop their management, communication, and leadership skills in seminars and realize individual projects. They thereby contribute to the establishment of a pan-African network of academic leaders.

 
Next Einstein Forum

Next Einstein Forum

The Next Einstein Forum is a new global science forum aiming at making African scientists more visible and promote their integration into the international science and research community.

 
SPIELRAUM – Shaping Urban Transformation

SPIELRAUM – Shaping Urban Transformation

With this interdisciplinary program, we are supporting researchers who want to take our cities to the next level with their clever ideas.