Science bridges cultures - Voices from science

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"Science is driven by free discourse, is characterized by tolerance and builds cultural and human bridges. The March for Science is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the relevance of science in our society at European and international level. Prof. Dr. Ursel Fantz,
Professor at the University of Augsburg, provisional head of the IPP Division ITER Technology and Diagnostics and DPG Board Member for Foreign Relations.

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"Chemistry is international. Innovations and new technologies are discovered and developed all over the world, and only through international cooperation will we be able to solve problems of our time that affect us all together with the best from all over the world. Openness to the world and scientific freedom are indispensable prerequisites for this."
Prof. Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins,
Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, University of Leipzig, Member of the Board of GDCh.

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"Science connects cultures and science is also a part of culture. Culture as what human beings create; through curiosity, thirst for knowledge, the desire to experiment and the search for knowledge. The ethics of science name the conditions of this search: honesty, integrity, truthfulness; in any case. Also sense of responsibility and foresight, if possible in time and space. This attitude cannot stop at national or cultural borders. On the contrary, it wants to discover the new, it wants to understand the unknown and it wants to create knowledge that leads to the good for everyone. This is the universal that allows us scientists at universities to be citizens of the world."
Prof. Dr. Thisbe K. Lindhorst,
Otto Diels Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Kiel, Vice President of the GDCh

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"There is undoubtedly competition in science - and that is a good thing. Competition is a driver of innovation and important for confirming or falsifying results. But the best and most innovative ideas come when colleagues from different countries and continents sit around the same table and let their thoughts run wild. It's not uncommon for this to end with a joint statement - let's try it out together!"
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nellen,
Professor of Genetics, is currently DAAD Johann Gottfried Herder Fellow at Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia

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"Like all sciences, physics knows no political, cultural or religious boundaries. Looking at connections from different perspectives leads to new insights. Different perspectives must be heard and accepted - as long as they are based on scientific and verifiable facts. Facts cannot and must not be discussed away through opinions. In order to be able to imagine unexpected results, freedom of opinion is absolutely necessary. Tolerance and cosmopolitan attitudes are also part of the essence of science, and freedom of travel is, of course, part of this."
Prof. Dr. Arnulf Quadt,
teaches physics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and was DPG board member for public relations.

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"International encounters, exchange and cooperation are among the most valuable and enriching elements of science, and the best universities and research institutions are without exception distinguished by a particularly high degree of internationality. International contacts (and friendships) based on scientific respect and trust can contribute to peace and political understanding. In the 1950s, German and Israeli researchers paved the way for the rapprochement of the two peoples after the Holocaust."
Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Schmalz,
Department of Chemistry, University of Cologne, Member of the Board of GDCh
"The generation of knowledge requires more and more international cooperation: "innovation & cooperation" are not buzzwords, but the central recipe for success for modern research. Despite the possibilities offered by digital communication, it is impossible to replace personal conversation (often in a relaxed atmosphere). Any restriction on the free exchange of people and ideas therefore means a restriction or even prevention of science."
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar,
teaches Systematic Zoology at the LMU Munich and is Director General of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftlichen Sammlungen Bayerns.
"In microbiology, national borders don't matter much. No microbe stops at an artificial border - microbes can cross the Atlantic themselves with Sahara dust. Just as international is the science, it creates exchange and further education and makes it possible to learn from each other. The national perspective is much too narrow - also with regard to the review of scientific work and projects, internationality contributes considerably to quality assurance."
Prof. Dr. Felicitas Pfeifer,
researches archaea at the TU Darmstadt and is spokeswoman of the professional societies in VBIO

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