[in German] Symposium: Failure Matters – Dimensions of “Failure” in Different Scientific Fields, Volkswagen Foundation (Oct 13-14, 2021)
Has someone failed if an experiment does not produce the desired result? The Volkswagen Foundation’s clear answer: No! Because without error, there would be no new knowledge. Without error, there would be no progress. But creative failure has no lobby in the international science system. Those who have to meet short-term expectations, acquire third-party funding and produce a steady stream of papers shy away from time-consuming experiments with uncertain outcomes. As a result, mainstream research is booming, the willingness to take risks is declining, and scientific progress is stagnating.
For many years, the Volkswagen Foundation has been trying to counter this trend with targeted funding measures and to stimulate the willingness to take risks in research. They invite you to the symposium Failure Matters – Dimensions of “Failure” in Different Scientific Fields on Oct 13-14, 2021, at the Conference Center Schloss Herrenhausen, in Hannover.