“Because Research Matters”

What made you choose knowledge? As part of the “DFG2020 – Because Research Matters” campaign run by the German Research Foundation, we are showcasing members of the University of Stuttgart along with their reasons for choosing knowledge.

The German Research Foundation launched the “DFG2020 – Because Research Matters” campaign in 2020. DFG’s motivation behind it was to bring their enthusiasm for free and knowledge-driven research to wider society. “The only way we can deal with global challenges such as climate change, digitization or demographic change is by working together and ‘choosing knowledge’”, writes the DFG to mark its 100th anniversary.

The University of Stuttgart is taking part in the campaign. During the course of the year, we are giving members of the university the chance to tell us all why they chose knowledge. The university management encourages all members of the university to take part.

Cynthia Michalkowski

I have chosen knowledge (#fürdaswissen), by deciding to complete my doctoral degree studies as part of a cooperation between Bosch and the Collaborative Research Center 1313 at the University of Stuttgart. This allows me to contribute to helping ensure that the world continues to progress in the future. Only in-depth knowledge and an understanding of technical and physical processes allows us to develop technologies for the future.

Cynthia Michalkowski, SFB 1313 Doctoral Student, Robert Bosch GmbH, Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems
Elissa Eggenweiler

Without research we wouldn't have cars, mobile phones, or environmentally friendly energy. In short: we wouldn’t have progress. For me, choosing knowledge (#fürdaswissen) means learning something new every day, investigating the unknown, quenching one's thirst for knowledge, and using mathematics to contribute to improving groundwater preservation measures or filtration processes in fuel cells. In this way, I am able to play an active role in designing my own future and help to ensure progress.

Elissa Eggenweiler, SFB 1313 Doctoral Student, Institute of Applied Analysis and Numerical Simulation
Silvia Meyer

I am impressed by the intellectual work, the peace, the opportunity to be productive using “only” the mind, to make things happen and to question established beliefs. For me, science means change – never-ending curiosity and a world that never stops.

Silvia Meyer, Equal Opportunities Officer
Paula Laßmann

For me, science means researching specific subjects and deepening my knowledge, regardless of whether this leads to a scientific breakthrough or not. This enables me to find new ways and to develop new ergonomic products for specific user groups, with the help of the user-centered product development.

Paula Laßmann, Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design
Nils Rodrigues

I have chosen knowledge because I like facing varied challenges, and because knowledge should be made freely available.

Nils Rodrigues, Doctoral Researcher at the Visualization Research Centre and SFB-TRR 161
Cedric Beschle

For me, science means collectively using human understanding to be able to choose between right and wrong, to discover the unknown and the associated enrichment that this brings with it. Science makes an enormous contribution to the continuous development of society, but also to my own personal development, and for this I am extremely thankful.

Cedric Beschle, Doctoral Researcher at the Visualization Research Centre and SFB-TRR 161
Valentin Bruder

I am for knowledge, because knowledge can help to actively shape progress. For me, it also means sharing knowledge, and making it more accessible to a wider audience. That's why my research field of visualization is essential."

Valentin Bruder, Visualization Research Centre (VISUS)
Prof. Dr. Claus-Dieter Munz

I have chosen knowledge because I am curious about the truth.

Prof. Dr. Claus-Dieter Munz, GRK 2160
Martina Baggio

The acquisition of scientific knowledge is hard and humbling; but it opens the mind to realities that would be otherwise unthinkable, and it liberates it from prejudice and dogma. As the writer Douglas Adams once said, "I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day".

Martina Baggio, GRK 2160/1
Verena Kunberger

I have chosen knowledge, because there is so much still to be discovered and, with this new knowledge, we can design our future.

Verena Kunberger, SFB-TRR 75
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weigand

For me, acquiring knowledge through research is a source of happiness and fulfillment.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weigand, SFB-TRR 75 and GRK 2160/1
Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem

A university advocates #fortheKnowledge, functioning as an interface that unites research, teaching and the transfer, in line with the motto: Wissen schafft (knowledge creates)!

Prof. Alexander Brem, Economics
Dr. Matthias Gerberding

Acquiring knowledge is an adventure. It changes you. Let us multiply this knowledge and use it to develop our society.

Dr. Matthias Gerberding, Office of the Rectorate
Rector Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel

I decided #fortheKowledge because knowledge enriches you as a human being, and without knowledge the world becomes coarse and brutal.

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel, Rector at the University of Stuttgart
Trainee Carina Lindig

I decided #fortheKnowledge because I want to make my professional life self-determined and fulfilling.

Carina Lindig, Trainee in University Communications
Dr. Simone Rehm

Data and information are worth nothing without our knowledge. This is why I decided #fortheKnowledge. And I realize the responsibility that we have as computer scientists when we process data into information and then create knowledge from it.

Dr. Simone Rehm, Vice Rector for Information Technology
Prof. Dr. Hansgeorg Binz

Research-oriented teaching creates knowledge and gets students enthusiastic about learning!

Prof. Hansgeorg Binz, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education
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