The Max Planck Society is Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The more than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes – and many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.
The currently 83 Max Planck Institutes and facilities conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements. And their research spectrum is continually evolving: new institutes are established to find answers to seminal, forward-looking scientific questions, while others are closed when, for example, their research field has been widely established at universities. This continuous renewal preserves the scope the Max Planck Society needs to react quickly to pioneering scientific developments.
The two Max Planck institutes promoting KLAS initiative are:
Founded in 2002 by Schering AG, Berlin, the independent and non-profit Ernst Schering Foundation aims to promote science and art. In science the focus is on the life and natural sciences, in art on the contemporary visual and performing arts including dance and music. In addition, the Foundation promotes the scientific and cultural education of children and youth and the dialogue between science and society.
Polyhedra, KLAS’ coordinating body, is a node for trans-disciplinary debate and creation arising from the need to identify a point of reunion from which, and through which, a myriad of perspectives are directed towards highlighting and exploring scientific and artistic developments of our present time. We delve into cultural fragments of inquiry and seek to interweave or cross-pollinate the artistic-scientific sectors by inciting and promoting encounters and dialogues.
Polyhedra is only possible through face-to-face encounters, dialogue, confrontation. A new event causes encounter. Encounters cause knowledge. Knowledge brings about culture.
UNESCO Chair in International Relations was established in 2009 at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany).
The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of international relations. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and North America, and in other regions of the world.
The main objectives of this Chair are to:
expand research on the implementation of UNESCO conventions and normative instruments, in particular in the fields of cultural heritage and diversity of cultural expressions, including dispute settlement;
analyse the existing nexus of cultural heritage/cultural diversity with peace
Ars, technology, science and society – experienced tags which accompany Ars Electronica since the emergence in 1979. Ars Electronica (AT) has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects between these realms. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, eccentric in the best sense of that term.
The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s four divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself.
The Max Planck Alumni Association is a non-profit organization developing and sustaining a worldwide network of alumni/ae of the Max Planck Society. The association’s mission is to support its members by providing them with career service and mentoring, a direct communication channel with their alma mater, and support the research and educational aims of the Max Planck Society.
KLAS emphasizes the cooperation between art, academia, policy and society. This is made possible thanks to the work carried out by many independent organizations acting at local to international level. Thanks to the following for their precious activities: