Stuttgart 2022 Science Festival: Welcome to the “Renaissance 3.0” – Stuttgart

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Stuttgart claims to be “one of the most important research centers in Germany and in the world”. Is this correct? Review before the 2022 Science Festival.

“Actually,” says Matthias Stroezel, “in the Stuttgart region, we have everything we need to be at the forefront of combining science and business.” At the Institute of Aviation in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, managing partner of the website service provider SSC Services in Böblingen, who once studied, and the desire to constantly discover and check something new seems uninterrupted. This referred to the company’s emphasis on family friendliness and consistent working in flat hierarchies.

discover new territory

And this is what it is now, when Stroezel is delighted with the possibilities of the Stuttgart high-performance computing center: “With the digitization of the cultural and creative industries, direct contact points have developed for our company,” says the 55-year-old: “We want to help and continue to grow.” .

Entrepreneur Matthias Stroezel Photo: SSC

Become better, become more experimental, become faster, bolder and work more closely – if the Minister of Science of Baden-Württemberg, Theresia Bauer (the Greens) got her way, these are exactly the starting points for the creation of the state as a whole and the Stuttgart Region in particular even better as a learning location. “We need to strengthen science and the innovation system,” says Bauer in our newspaper, “Regulatory, Financial and Structural.” suppliers of foreground, but also as a cooperation partner in the field of applications ”.

Saskia Biskup, one of the leading human geneticists not only in Germany and as Managing Director of Tübingen Cegat GmbH (a leading provider of genetic analysis), also known as an entrepreneur, has his own opinion. “Science is making great strides,” says the personalized medicine pacemaker, “but the political and regulatory obstacles are high.”

Researcher and entrepreneur: genome specialist Saskia Biskup Photo: Cetag

What do you think is the most missing? “Courage to change. courage to take risks. Away from the political culture of avoiding mistakes and moving towards more entrepreneurial actions. Above all, however, real cooperation between decision-makers on the spot in the interest of the cause. ” The 2nd Stuttgart Science Festival wants to contribute to this. It will take place this year from June 23 to July 3 – and the city director Ines Aufrecht is happy as the person responsible for the project: “There are around 130 partners involved in the project – from universities, colleges, scientific institutions as well as non-university and cultural institutions. “Continues Aufrecht,” the science festival has almost doubled compared to the first edition. ” One thing is clear to Aufrecht: “The festival demonstrates the combined competence of innovation and cutting-edge research and communicates it to the general public.”

High-performance data center as an asset

Matthias Stroezel is also looking forward to this great event – as a member of the board of the Media Solution Center Baden-Württemberg, he sees himself in an “amazing spirit of optimism”. Many lines lead to Stuttgart’s national high-performance computing center at Vaihingen University. One of the three high-performance centers in Germany and one of the fastest civilian computing systems in Europe is managed by Michael Resch, who is also the head of the Institute for High Performance Computing at the University of Stuttgart.

Resch realized early on that not only could supercomputers give new wings to the classical economy, but also overarching questions, for example in culture, were made possible by digitization. The head of the Media Solution Center, Matthias Hauser, also likes to talk about “e-culture”. “Networking of competence centers in the field of science, technology, culture and creative industries” sums up with the formula “We are in the Renaissance 3.0. arrived “.

Ines Aufrecht wants the science festival to be a success. Photo: MS

Ines Aufrecht lists other “unique aspects of Stuttgart as a place of study”: two Max Planck Society institutes, four institutes for collaborative industrial research, more than 100 Steinbeis companies, five Fraunhofer institutes, a research institute for automotive and car engine engineering, a center for solar energy and hydrogen research. And says: “The innovation can be seen, for example, in the recently opened Center for Applied Quantum Technology at the University of Stuttgart. This is where experts in quantum physics and photonics meet with engineers to develop technologies specifically for quantum sensors. ‘ Aufrecht adds: “Another example is the research greenhouse at the University of Hohenheim, which will be the largest of its kind in Germany for the future.”

Cyber ​​Valley’s Success Model

In the logic of the city, the research greenhouse is in line with the idea of ​​using and implementing the use of scientific (preliminary) services on site. Cyber ​​Valley, the largest European research consortium in the field of artificial intelligence, is mentioned here many times. “Cyber ​​Valley,” says Ines Aufrecht, “with its locations in Stuttgart and Tübingen is an excellent example of national and international cooperation.”

So everything is fine – is the capital of the country and the Stuttgart region even a scientific metropolis? Almost 62,000 students are enrolled in 25 recognized universities in Stuttgart alone, and there are top institutes in almost all areas. Yet Minister Bauer says: “It is still a challenge to see the Stuttgart region as a strong research region.” Stuttgart is taking up this challenge – also through the science festival. Leading institutes in particular should open their doors wide during festival days. We cordially invite children and teenagers. Examples are the classroom day in the town hall, the Expedition d exhibition truck in the market square, the “MS Experimenta” in the Neckar, the mathematics center in the town hall. The visitor there is also a high-performance computing center in Stuttgart.

A festival with a high experience value

Klaus Eichenberg leads the promotion of thematic clusters through BioRegio Stern. Photo: brs

For Klaus Eichenberg, Managing Director of BioRegio Stern Management GmbH in Stuttgart, alliances in the region are paying off. “The research and its application on site are the result of intense networking,” says Eichenberg. BioRegio Stern has been promoting innovation and start-ups through public procurement since 2001 – and has made a significant contribution to the development of biotechnology at the Stuttgart and Tübingen / Reutlingen locations. “Dialogue,” continues Eichenberg, “works best when the cluster can operate outside municipalities – and industry. In our case, these are, for example, the universities of Stuttgart, Hohenheim and Tübingen, whose scientific knowledge repeatedly gives rise to ideas with great economic potential for this metropolitan region. ”

expand their horizons

One week remains until the 2022 Science Festival. From the entrepreneur’s point of view, Matthias Stroezel, the biggest event is “just in time”. “Together, we can increase the visibility of the main themes.” And thanks to the Media Solution Center Baden-Württemberg, it will follow the trail of cross-industry innovations after the festival days. His credo could be the motto of one of the science regions in Stuttgart: “It is important for me to expand my network and broaden my horizons.”

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