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The Special Spirit of the Next Einstein Forum

In Kigali, the Next Einstein Forum initiative recently hosted the largest science conference in Africa to date. What does this conference mean to African scientists?  

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Thinking Tomorrow’s Society

Are we really the best? Heated and respectful, combative and constructive dialog at the Leipzig Book Fair.

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New German-Arab Film Ideas and Young Talent

With imaginative and creative ideas, the 2018 winners comment on current political and social topics.

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What Does the Job of an Islamic Affairs Consultant Entail?

His job is unique in all of Germany: Hussein Hamdan reports on his daily routine.

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Viewpoints: Does Society Need New Solutions?

A transformation researcher and a social entrepreneur provide answers.

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Textbook on the Smartphone

When does digital schooling work? Eight students offer their opinions.

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What Can Be Done to Combat Online Hate Speech?

To see the right way to combat online hate speech, click through our examples.

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Hiba Obaid: The Writer of Clear Words

Hiba Obaid fled from Syria. Now, she’s participating in an internship program in Berlin aimed at promoting integration.

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Salma Jreige: The Museum Guide

Syrian Salma Jreige introduces new Berliners to German history.

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Larry Macaulay: The Radio Founder

With his radio project, Larry Macaulay gives refugees a voice.

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"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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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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.

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A Fresh Breeze in the East

With unconventional ideas the Land Reclaimers shape their environment and enhance the local population’s living conditions. 20 new projects have now started in Eastern Germany and strengthen the civil society in rural areas. In a new think tank the Land Reclaimers take it one step further.

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Getting to Know and Understand India

Journalist Fabian Kretschmer (left) spent three months in India as a participant in a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In an interview, he talks about the first female bus driver in Delhi, the status of freedom of the press in India, and why national stereotypes are sometimes a necessary evil.

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Engaging with Ukraine

In order to return to a life of peaceful coexistence, the people in Ukraine need a strong civil society - and the attention of the West. The training program Ukraine Calling helps German participants to establish contacts within the country. They organize youth encounters, strengthen minorities, and support independent journalists.

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"There Can Never Be Too Many Foundations!"

Eva Madelung can look back on an eventful life. Robert Bosch’s youngest daughter has worked as a family therapist, published several books, and started the foundation today named the Heidehof Stiftung. She is celebrating her 85th birthday on December 10, 2016. The video profile tells us more about her philanthropic activities, her childhood during the Nazi regime, and her relationship with her father.

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"Islamic Affairs Consultants to Become an Institution"

What can be done when every call to prayer from the muezzin is followed by a complaint about disturbing the peace? For two years, communities have been able to call Hussein Hamdan in instances like these. Hamdan is an Islamic Affairs Consultant and mediates between communities and their Muslim populations. In an interview, he takes stock and reports on what is next.

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Promoting Talents, Giving Opportunities

In Germany, the educational success of young people is still too often dependent on the socioeconomic status of their parents. School students from disadvantaged families constantly lag far behind their possibilities. Therefore we support gifted, devoted and socially involved 7th- to 12th-graders to work towards their school-leaving examination.

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"Democratization is not an All-Use-Medicine"

Terrorism is not a problem of individual countries anymore and crosses national borders. How will transnational terrorism change in the next years and what can be done against it? Young leaders deal with this issue in the dialog forum "Global Governance Futures" and develop future scenarios.

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How Can We Strengthen Social Cohesion in Europe?

Federal President Gauck hosted the fellows of the Bellevue Programme in Berlin. The young executives from the highest national agencies will work in the administration of a European partner country for a period of one year. They embody and will shape collaboration in Europe. What do they think of the current EU crises caused by the Brexit referendum and increased immigration?

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Experiencing the Meaning of Europe

Many young people from the Western Balkans have never been abroad, they only know their neighboring countries and the EU from recounts. With the program "Travel to Europe", they get to know Europe first-hand - abstract ideas about European social cohesion become personal experiences.

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"You Are the Present and Future of the Balkans"

How appealing is the EU in times of crises to countries of the Western Balkans? During a discussion, 120 students from the Balkans agreed with politicians, academics, and media representatives: joining the EU would have many advantages for the countries - and for them personally as well. Starting in Berlin, the students now travel through the countries of the EU for the first time.

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Strengthening Inclusion Right from the Start

The willingness to voluntarily work with refugees has never been as great as it currently is, new initiatives in Germany are set up more quickly than ever. A chance but also an enormous challenge for the sector of civil society. How the work for and with refugees can succeed was the focus of the symposium "integration means participation".

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The Magazine "Solidarity"

The various groups in our society can come together or drift apart. At the moment, we can see this happening with the topic of refugees but solidarity affects us in ways that go beyond the refugee question. No matter in which area, we always need people who push for solidarity. You will learn about some of these dedicated individuals in this magazine.

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An Indian View of Germany

Are topics from Germany interesting for Indian journalists? G. Sampath from the Indian newspaper The Hindu is spending a three month stay in Germany. In the interview, he tells how the German and Indian media landscapes differ and why he finds the topic of refugees fascinating.

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"Diseases Do Not Know National Borders"

Diseases, terrorism, data security - many challenges cannot be solved on a national level anymore. During the dialog forum Global Governance Futures, young professionals from Germany, USA, China, Japan, and India talked about global problems and developed scenarios for the future.

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Media Forum China - Germany

German and Chinese media representatives met in the ancient Chinese imperial city Xi'an and discussed about current political issues and specific challenges of the media industry. During a three-day study tour the German participants got a look behind the scenes of the archeological research center of the terra-cotta army and tested modern electric cars.

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United World College’s First Year Pioneers Graduate

102 students from 71 countries all over the world came to Freiburg two years ago to study at Germany’s first United World College. The first year students have now successfully graduated. Their plans for the future: study in the United States, carry out volunteer work or do their bit in their home countries.

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Answering Hate with Humor

In online commentary sections when it comes to emotionally charged topics like refugees and asylum, you often find hardened fronts and insults that are full of hate - so called hatespeech. How can you react to that? At the TINCON, the first festival for digital youth culture, youngsters and YouTubers found an answer: with humor.

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Proposals for a Realignment of Refugee Policy

The Robert Bosch Expert Commission to Consider a Realignment of Refugee Policy presents its final report after one year. In the report the representatives of politics, economy, and society draw up concrete proposals that address current needs and help politicians in a neutral advisory capacity.

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Africa in the Scientific Spotlight

Will the next Einstein come from Africa? Many young African scientists only wait for their turn to take the global scientific stage. A first opportunity to do just that was the Next Einstein Forum of the Robert Bosch Stiftung because in order to unfold the scientific potential of the continent, Africa needs more than clever minds.

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"Ukraine Calling is worth its weight in gold, even for German society"

"Only those who are familiar with the situation in Ukraine can truly help Ukraine," says Alexander Wöll, president of European University Viadrina. But, to this point, expertise in Germany regarding Ukraine has only been marginal. That is why, together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, European University Viadrina is launching the Ukraine Calling educational program for decision-makers from the worlds of politics, media, economics, and civil society.

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Refugees Take Matters into Their Own Hands

Much is being said about the refugees; now they are speaking up for themselves. At the International Conference of Refugees and Migrants in Hamburg, those affected spoke about asylum laws, the situation at the borders, self-organization, and sexism. They shared personal experiences and made clear demands of society and politics.

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The Next Einstein Will Come from Africa

The Robert Bosch Stiftung highlighted Africa’s research potential for the first time with the Next Einstein Forum. One of the attendees was young Kenyan researcher Evelyn Gitau. She hopes to develop affordable diagnostic tools that African clinics can use on a daily basis, which could save countless lives.

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The Film Prize for International Cooperation

The Film Prize for International Cooperation for young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world was awarded at Berlinale Talents 2016. The concepts in the genres animation, documentary, and short film will be implemented in Germany and the partner country this year.

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Transatlantic Strategy Group "Constructing a New Western Ostpolitik"

How can the West reach a new consensus on policy regarding the East? The Transatlantic Strategy Group, that includes foreign policy and security experts, presented strategy recommendations to an audience of European, American, and Russian guests at a panel during the Munich Security Conference.

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Short Film Ave Maria Nominated for an Oscar

The comedy Ave Maria is among the five nominees for an Academy Award in the category Short Film (Live Action). The film was realized with the support of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation. The prize gives young German and Arab filmmakers the opportunity to work on a joint project.

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