Today’s enquiring minds


towards the future in Humboldt’s footsteps


Panel discussion with Jutta Allmendinger, Sabine Kunst, Stephan Rammler and Hermann Parzinger
Moderated by: Sonja Kastilan

Alexander von Humboldt was born 250 years ago this year, on 14 September 1769. His thirst for discovery took him beyond imagined and real borders; he daringly went where no one had gone before. His curiosity paved the way for the scientific examination of previously unknown or ignored disciplines.

However, who are ‘today’s Humboldts’? Can we in fact afford such an interdisciplinary thirst for knowledge in a (science) environment where researchers increasingly specialise in a minute area of a specific subject? What are the visions that currently inspire scientists and institutions? What will their research fields, what will our future look like, for example when it comes to urban development and transport but also the working world and the education sector? What can we learn from Humboldt on our way towards the future?

The sociologist Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, analyses today’s – and tomorrow’s  – society and has conducted numerous studies in this field. The environmental biologist Sabine Kunst, formerly the federal state of Brandenburg’s Minister of Science, Research and Culture, is now the president of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, where researchers are working on the global challenges of the future collaboratively in an interdisciplinary way. Stephan Rammler is the scientific director of the IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment in Berlin and also the professor for transportation design, digitalisation and & social sciences at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK). Hermann Parzinger is also no stranger to weeks of field study: the archaeologist and president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has discovered several important archaeological finds and therefore has more in common with the great explorer that just the fact that until 2018, he was a founding director of the Humboldt Forum, which is scheduled to open in 2019. The discussion will be moderated by Sonja Kastilan, the science editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

Today’s enquiring minds


  • Sunday, 06.10.2019
  • 17:00
  • Great Hall


€ 12 / concessions € 9

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