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WZB supports March for Science in Berlin

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The freedom of research and teaching and the autonomy of scientists are under attack worldwide: in Turkey and Hungary, as recent incidents have shown, but also as a result of further restrictions such as the executive orders of US president Donald Trump. The WZB is deeply concerned about this trend. We believe that freedom of science is one of the key principles to ensure that society is ready to meet the challenges of the future. That is why we support the March for Science on April 22, 2017, an event for people worldwide to show their support for academic freedom. As an institute devoted to problem-oriented social science research, the WZB has produced empirically based answers to questions on social change since its foundation in 1969. The free exchange of thoughts and opinions among researchers worldwide is the lifeblood of our work.

The WZB has spoken out against infringements on freedoms in research and teaching before. It has shown its solidarity with Central European University in Budapest, whose very existence is threatened by an amendment to the Hungarian higher education act. Likewise, the WZB is concerned about current trends at universities in Turkey. By signing the “Academics for Peace” petition, the WZB is among those showing their support for detained and suspended university teachers. “The free exchange and unrestricted mobility of researchers is an essential prerequisite for scientific progress,” says WZB president Jutta Allmendinger.

The Berlin “March for Science” starts on April 22 at 1:00 pm at the main building of Humboldt University, Unter den Linden 6.

More information: March for Science in Berlin