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ISOE supports the “March for Science”

On April 22 – Earthday – the ‘March for Science’ took place in over 500 cities worldwide. ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research supports the international alliance and joined the rally in Frankfurt am Main. In these times of constructed realities and facts, ISOE wants to draw attention to the importance that independent and critical science and research have for society.

[Translate to Englisch:] March for Science Frankfurt am Main

The search for solutions for complex global problems needs an independent and critical science and research. In order to unfold their potential, the community of scientists in all their diversity has to be able to work together unrestrictedly at eye level and across disciplinary boundaries. Only then can important treaties like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) come about.
„But for that, science also needs a constructive exchange with society“, says Thomas Jahn, spokesperson of ISOE’s executive board. In its research projects, ISOE has always been open for mutual learning and productively handling different expectations and demands of science and society. “That way, we can very well counteract targeted irritations and disruptions of populist movements”, stresses Jahn. “Alternative facts” should not become the benchmark for political decisions.

Encourage acceptance of science – topicalizing lack of knowledge

„We are aware of the fact that there are no simple solutions“, states Thomas Jahn. For that, the global challenges are too complex. “When we talk about scientifically established facts that we have determined in the course of transdisciplinary research processes together with social actors and if we want to be taken seriously we have to topicalize that there is still a lot we don’t know and that new knowledge has to be found with respect to many open questions.” Uncertain knowledge and lack of knowledge are part of research and this has to be more widely accepted. This is an important precondition for society’s acceptance of science.

„March for Science“ is independent and non-partisan. Together with other well-known German scientific institutions ISOE called for a participation in the event.





Nicola Schuldt-Baumgart

Nicola Schuldt-Baumgart
Head of Knowledge Communication & Public Relations
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