To bring people together for inspiring discussions that lead to the development of new ideas. That’s only one objective of the Bayer fellowship. And the young scientists who receive support also put the principle into practice, as shown by the roughly 150 scholars who exchanged ideas with Bayer experts at this year’s alumni gathering. The current fellows and alumni journeyed to Berlin from locations around the world to engage in lively dialogue in keeping with the motto “The world is better with science.”
Professor Wolfgang Plischke, a member of the Bayer Supervisory Board, made clear in his welcoming address how important new ideas are for industry. “The secret of our success is that we are continuously striving to gather a wealth of good ideas and create an atmosphere – in the company and with our partners – in which these ideas can be developed into new products, into innovations,” said Plischke.
Four “Bayer talents” provided clear examples of how science can deliver solutions for the challenges facing society. They reported on current projects at an innovative Life Science company and motivated the young fellows to benefit from dialogue as a means of developing their own ideas. There were plenty of opportunities for exciting discussions. The participants were able to share their thoughts on projects and ideas not only at the five workshops, but also at a brief “speed exchange” session.