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Combating the Nursing Crisis

The “Elite Caregivers” manifesto shows how Germany can provide high-quality healthcare for all going forward.

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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.

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Actors of Urban Change Program Documentation 2015-2017

This English publication offers a cross-sector view on urban development through culture. It presents projects which...

Data Power Dynamics: Who Runs the World in 2027?

In post-industrial societies, data, as well as data-driven technologies, are seeping into many aspects of life -...

Volatile Years: Transnational Terrorism in 2027

The latest increase in lone wolf attacks in Europe, the United States, and in parts of Asia highlights the threat...

Pandemonium: Risk Factors for Future Pandemics

Following the containment of Ebola,reforming global health governance and improving pandemic detection and response...

Das Magazin "Nachhaltigkeit" (22/2017)

Magazine of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. German-language edition on "Sustainability", published May 2017.

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.

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Actors of Urban Change - Newspaper No. 3

Our third newspaper focuses on urban commons, specifically in Bologna. The idea is to extend the focus onto good...

Actors of Urban Change - Newspaper No. 2

The second Actors of Urban Change newspaper focuses on DIY/DIT urbanism, taking the activities of two Actors of Urban...

Actors of Urban Change - Newspaper No. 1

The program Actors of Urban Change brings together change makers from different cities in Europe and beyond. They...

Handbook Land Reclaimers - Shaping the Future Locally

German language publication on the projects supported between 2013 and 2019, the course of the program, and the...

Human Intervention in the Earth’s Climate: The Governance of Geoengineering in 2025+

Geoengineering, or climate engineering, is the umbrella term for large-scale technological interventions into the...

About this focus area

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The United Nations predicts that this will increase to two-thirds by the year 2050. The prospects for a brighter future is what primarily brings many people to cities. In order to serve as viable places to live, however, cities have to offer more than work, living space, and infrastructure. People from different social strata, cultures, and religions live side by side and have to learn to get along with each other.

At the same time, due to the migration of people into urban areas and a therefore increasingly older population, rural areas are faced with a difficult task: The variety of offerings and quality of life are decreasing, and educational and health care institutions are often difficult to reach. The future prospects of entire regions remain uncertain.

With our projects, we contribute to the sustainable improvement of the quality of life both in urban and rural areas. Along the way, we put humans – regardless of age and background – in focus and enrich the often technology-laden discourse with new perspectives. We concentrate on two aspects:

Thomas Müller

Research in Natural and Social Sciences

The results of research conducted in the natural and social sciences provide valuable impetus and information that form the basis for new recommendations for action. However, the implementation often breaks down due to the different interests of the players involved and the concrete behavior of the people. That is why we foster both the top level of research on sustainable use of renewable natural resources as well as the exchange among scientists, teachers, and students on questions of ecological sustainability.

Spiros Katapodis

Active Civil Society

Civic behavior is one possible response to the social challenges. We encourage and enable decision-makers in cities and communities as well as their citizens to themselves develop sustainable solutions for their environments. Additionally, we support the initiatives of active citizens that help to directly shape the ability of people to live together in their local communities.