Challenges and Results

Voices on acatech

“As the world’s current no. 1 automotive stronghold, Germany provides the crucial impulses for the mobility revolution. If we wish to maintain this position, we need to ensure that key technologies for mobility 4.0 are developed, researched, tested and produced in Germany.” 

Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt on the occasion of the publication of the acatech POSITION PAPER "New autoMobility” in September 2015

“On the basis of acatech findings, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has developed its technology programme 'Smart Service Welt – Web-based Services for Businesses', the launch of which was announced at the IT Summit.” 

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel at the presentation of the final report "Smart Service World" in March 2015.

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"Using the great potential of digitisation also means facing the challenge of data security and data abuse. Therefore, we must ensure that every individual and every company remains in control of its own data. I'm convinced that if we approach NRW 4.0 as a common responsibility, we will all be able to profit by the great chances the new technologies offer."

Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Hannelore Kraft at the acatech Academy Day in Hannover in April 2015

"The energy transition in Germany constitutes a great feat. To master it, we must rapidly develop new technologies and pool our research efforts. At the same time, we also need to involve the public at the G7-level. The transformation of the energy systems will not succeed without the support of the public."

Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka at the meeting of the G7-Science Ministers in October 2015 on the spirit of cooperation behind the Academies’ Project ESYS

"Young people about to enter their working life are nowadays faced with a variety of choices. In order to enhance our offers of consultation and support in the crucial process of choosing a career, we are evolving and modernising our career counselling towards a system of lifelong and integral professional guidance. With the slogan "Typically me!" and regardless of gender, we encourage students to consider career paths outside the traditional patterns and, more particularly, in STEM professions."

Reaction of Frank-Jürgen Weise, Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency, to the findings of the 2015 Barometer of Young Talent in the STEM Subjects.

“The shortage of skilled workers in the STEM related professions is rapidly becoming a risk. The latest Innovations Indicator has shown how important a general open-mindedness towards technology and innovation is in an industrialised country. Such a spirit must be encouraged.”

Ulrich Grillo, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) commenting the 2015 Innovation Indicator, a joint publication by acatech and the BDI.

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"Germany dependends on qualified STEM professionals – both from the academic and the training professions. In both fields young people will find attractive, flexible and equivalent career paths."

Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka at the 3rd National STEM Summit in June 2015

“acatech should keep up the courage to contribute inconvenient scientific input to the debate. Otherwise, the scientific community will lose its credibility.”

Ralph Lenkert, environmental spokesman / spokesman for science and technology policy of the parliamentary group Die Linke, at a meeting with members of the acatech Executive Board in spring 2016

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"We approve of the participatory approach acatech has chosen to develop technology futures. However, we are still at the very beginning. As yet, we are lacking a comprehensible, overarching concept of how such a transdisciplinary approach should be designed. In this respect, I am looking forward to a further interesting exchange."

Steffi Ober, Director of the Civil Society Platform Research Transition (Zivilgesellschaftliche Plattform Forschungswende) and research consultant for sustainable research and innovation for the German Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union NABU, on the dialogue with the public established by the acatech project "Artificial Fotosynthesis".

"Designing major issues of the future such as globalisation, digitisation and Industrie 4.0 requires open-mindedness and a partnership between academia, industry, the public and the government. In this sense, acatech has the role of a lighthouse, offering orientation in the German innovation landscape and promoting cooperations.”

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy at acatech's Annual Meeting in October 2015

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"I am very pleased that the European academies are joining forces to offer the European Commission independent, interdisciplinary scientific advice with view to supporting European policy development. We are looking forward to working together constructively."

Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission at the signing of the Memorandum by the European Academies’ associations in March 2015

"Politicians regard acatech’s events for MPs as an integral part of their schedule. We are always happy to participate and discuss current technology policy issues with experts from science and industry."

Patricia Lips (CDU), Chairwoman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment, at a meeting with members of the acatech Executive Board in spring 2016.

"acatech’s strength lies in the fact that it contributes not only technological, but also economic expertise to the topics under discussion."

Heinz Riesenhuber (CDU), MP and doyen of the German Bundestag, at a meeting with members of the acatech Executive Board in spring 2016

"The school competition “Discovering Technology” encourages students to find a creative approach to technology and its significance for society. The competition is therefore a valuable addition to our efforts to promote STEM subjects at Bavarian schools and contributes to kindling enthusiasm for science and technology in young people’s minds."

Bavarian Minister of Education, Science and the Arts, Ludwig Spaenle about his patronage of the acatech school competition "Discovering Technology"

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