19 February 2015, No. 04/2015

Science needs an open-minded atmosphere

Statement issued by the Alliance of Science Organisations

The current discussion surrounding immigration and asylum is moving society; it is keeping the media busy and challenging politics. Besides the fact that a demographically ageing society also needs immigration, a particular perspective applies for science, as it is and always has been international.

Scientific knowledge does not respect national boundaries. The ideas of people from other cultures, religions and nationalities foster creative work and, in the final consequence, enrich us all.

At the present time, more than 300,000 of our students come from abroad. More than 56,000 scientists from another country who are funded by the German Research organisations invest their experience and their ideas in research and in teaching. This high international attractiveness can only be upheld when researchers from all over the world feel welcome together with their families in Germany and given the support they need. To this end, science and politics are already efficiently working together.

Science is manifold, and likewise are the people working in it. This fact should be employed for the prosperity and safety of us all. The organisations in the alliance strongly advocate to bundle all forces to ensure that Germany will remain an open, tolerant and international hub of science.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 51 Nobel Prize winners.


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