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.
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
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
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
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
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