Euroscepticism, refugee debate, Brexit – probably no institution has been called more into question over the past few years as the European Union. At the same time, the dream of a united Europe is associated, like no other, with values such as freedom, humanism and tolerance. This vision is exemplified by the European research environment, already today a guarantor for the unfettered exchange of people and knowledge, to which many researchers at the University of Stuttgart also contribute in accordance with the maxim “internationally involved and interconnected”, one of the key strategic objectives anchored in our mission statement.
“Horizon 2020”, the EU framework program for research and innovation, is an important cornerstone in this context, in relation to which the University of Stuttgart is one of the most successful universities. In which subject areas is research being conducted at the University of Stuttgart in the context of EU projects? What positive developments are inspired by the multi-cultural environment and what are the challenges? And, can collaborative research really contribute to the concept of a united Europe? All of these questions are addressed in the current issue of “forschung leben”, our university magazine. In his guest article, no less a figure than EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger explains how to make the most of the European research environment. You’ll also read how, together, European research institutes and companies are advancing laser-based technologies and what role Parma ham plays in this context. Join us in asking whether lobby groups actually represent the interests of the public. And, read up on the future of quantum technologies or a European balloon-based observatory in outer space.
Have an inspiring journey into the European research environment!