Research must be understandable
Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee
Vice President of the DAAD and President of Justus Liebig University Giessen
“Humboldt showed how it is done: we researchers do not work in a parallel universe, let alone in an ivory tower. We must make ourselves intelligible to society, politics and business. I also consider this kind of knowledge transfer an important duty: research, above all when it is financed by the state, must also provide concrete solutions to societal problems. Moreover, we must present our findings in such a way that interested citizens can share our discoveries. Very much in keeping with Humboldt’s ideas, the Justus Liebig University attaches great value to international research partnerships – all over the world and specifically in Colombia. There we coordinate the two flagship projects of German-Colombian Research cooperation, which are funded by the DAAD. On the one hand, we have been actively involved in oceanography since the 1960s and have managed the Corporation Center of Excellence in Marine Sciences (CEMarin) since 2009. On the other, we are accompanying the Colombian peace process from a Research perspective with the CAPAZ peace institute. In both projects we are showing that Colombian universities are strong partners with great potential. And we are making clear Germany’s interest in Colombia’s peaceful future.”
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