Event Reports

Reports, photos, audios and videos about selected events of the Volkswagen Foundation

At a symposium organized by the journal Nature Medicine and the Volkswagen Foundation on November 6-8, 2014, 220 international experts discussed the latest studies and data on inflammatory diseases and illuminated perspectives for their treatment.

On October 8 to 10, 2014, more than 200 international experts from fields as diverse as Inflammation, Microbial Communication, Evolutionary Game Theory, and Diabetes gathered in Hanover to address open questions as well as to discuss the multiple new insights and opportunities for research trying to unriddle the mysteries of the gut microbiome.

In Hanover, nearly 200 international experts discussed new research questions pertaining to the theme of social inequality as well as innovative methodological approaches to this field at the Herrenhausen Conference "Re-Thinking Social Inequality" on May 12-14, 2014. The event report includes audio recordings from selected presentations as well as pictures from the conference.

200 Experts from various fields of the humanities met in Hanover/Germany on December 5-7, 2013, for the Herrenhausen Conference "(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age".

Global perceptions, experiences, and consequences of the first world war was subject of the eighth Herrenhausen Symposium, which was held in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany, on October 28 to 30, 2013.

Since 2000, the Volkswagen Foundation has allocated 28 million euros for linguistic projects in 71 regions on all continents. From June 5-7, 2013, more than 150 experts from around the world discussed the results of the initiative and an agenda for the future in Hanover. The documentation includes audio recordings from selected presentations and documented languages as well as pictures from several research projects.

Mechanisms of vulnerability for mental illnesses over lifetime were the focus of the Volkswagen Foundation’s second Herrenhausen Conference. Concentrating on particularly sensitive and susceptible phases of mental development, renowned experts shared their latest research and insights into risk for and resilience against mental illnesses. Building on this material, in a concluding Session new approaches for improving mental health and treating mental disorders were highlighted.

The nanosciences are a key technology of the 21st Century. To present current achievements and future project ideas and to discuss opportunities and risks of nanotechnology the international scientific elite in this field gathered in Hanover from December 12 to 14, 2012.
40 years ago, the Volkswagen Foundation funded the study "Limits to Growth". To celebrate this anniversary, 150 scientists, including Dennis Meadows, one of the authors of the study, met on November 28 and 29, 2012, in Herrenhausen to discuss current and future problems of globalization. The event report includes videos, audio recordings from selected presentations, as well as teh results from the winter school "Limits to Growth Revisited".