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13 Apr 2018

DBG Endorses Manifesto for Higher EU-Funds for Research & Innovation in 2021-27

The German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) endorses the Manifesto "More funds for Research and Innovation" from the European Union. It claims that the budgets for research and innovation in for 2021-27 must be raised substantially and more funds must be allocated for each one of the main chapters, namely Agriculture policy, Cohesion and Competitiveness. By defining in which areas the EU should invest more or less over the seven years, the MFF is an expression of political priorities as well as a budgetary planning tool. It is important that these areas gain more funds, since Horizon 2020, for its high ambition and targets, has been severely underfunded (as the mid-term report published in July 2017 clearly evidenced). This mustn’t be repeated. Since research and research-based innovation are the main drivers of EU competitiveness and growth and since science contributed to the wellbeing of all European citizens, investments in research and innovation are essential to relaunch Europe’s competitiveness. Therefore, the EU should provide more funds for research and innovation. Since the EU Council will decide this within the next months about research budgets, 1518 scientists, scientific societies and organisations as well as companies have already endorsed the Manifesto to date. Also the President of the DBG in the name of all DBG’s members.
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DBG endorses March for Science

"Science bridges cultures" is the slogan of five big German science organisations.

Our German Society for Plant Sciences (literally "German Botanical Society", Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) is a partner of the German initiative March for Science which will take place on April 14th 2018 in many places around the whole world. The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. The people unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest. The event was also supported by DBG in the year before.

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12 Dec 2017

„Wissenschaft lebt von Netzwerken“

[Translate to Englisch:] Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz. Foto: Kim-Christ

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Die Wissenschaft wird derzeit von Kritikern herausgefordert. Gleichzeitig sollen die Pflanzenwissenschaften Lösungen für drängende Probleme der Menschheit finden. Anlässlich seiner Wiederwahl im September beschreibt der Präsident der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft (DBG), Professor Karl-Josef Dietz von der Uni Bielefeld, welche Herausforderungen es zu bewältigen gilt, was die DBG dazu beitragen kann und wie er einst selbst zum Pflanzenforscher wurde. Und er schildert warum die DBG sich – anders als früher – auch außerhalb der Wissenschaft für die Forschung einsetzt.

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