Bayer Foundation Dialogue 2016

Inspiration from 80 countries: Foundation fellows and Bayer experts in dialogue

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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. 

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“Our fellows are pioneers. With the support of the Bayer Foundation, they have implemented study projects in roughly 80 countries and are now returning with many impressions to share. And naturally we want to continue our dialogue with them – to find inspiration for new ideas,” said Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, Managing Director of the Bayer Foundations, describing the motivation for the event.

Werner Baumann, the new Bayer CEO, was also at the event to present the Otto Bayer Award that evening. He also welcomed the young researchers and emphasized that, as keys to the company’s success, Bayer will continue to invest in talented scientists and researchers, education and social innovation in the future.



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