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enter the future
standpoints and
ideas in dialog

Digitization, climate change, rapid changes in values in the world of work – industry is facing huge challenges. In this context, it would be too short-sighted for companies to limit themselves to developing technical innovations and changing production processes. They must also do their part to shape the associated fundamental transformation of society. How can people be motivated to be sufficiently agile and open so that they really drive profound change and see it as an opportunity?

sixth event:
finding our way in a
multipolar world –
key concepts on the
spiritual situation of the time 

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The sixth “enter the future” event will take place on April 27, 2023.

Is it really true that everything around us is becoming more and more complex? Or could it be that complexity is actually the great constant over time, and that it is simply a matter of new challenges regularly taking priority over others? Yet who ultimately decides on these priorities? Politicians? Society? And if so, which society? What do we do, or not do, in order to retain or regain the necessary guidance? Or is this guidance something we never in fact had in the first place and will never be able to have in the future either? It’s a complex subject…


Professor Peter Sloterdijk

German philosopher, cultural scientist and author. He taught philosophy and aesthetics at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe until 2017.

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

fifth event:
biological transformation – what is it good for?
and what have mushrooms got to do with it?

The fifth event took place on October 13, 2022.


“Biologization” and “biological transformation” mean nothing less than the increasing integration of principles of nature in modern economic sectors as well as the development of products or solutions with the help of the life sciences. This creates new opportunities and potential for solving the central and essential challenges facing humanity – for example climate protection, nutrition, health, the use of scarce resources or circular economies. “Business as usual” is not an option here but our duty to future generations. New approaches are called for. The keynotes will cover a whole range of challenges and possible responses and highlight specific, selected areas for application.

Watch the whole recording of the fourth event here (only German).


Biological transformation – what is it good for? And what have mushrooms got to do with it?


Professor Vera Meyer, Head of the Chair of Molecular and Applied Microbiology at Technische Universität Berlin,

Professor Thomas Bauernhansl, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA) in Stuttgart

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

third event:
climate protection – the difference between well
meant and well done

The third event in the series took place on November 11, 2021.

Climate change is the central specter of our time. Some people deny that it even exists at all while others fear that the end of the world is nigh. The truth lies somewhere between these two extremes, as do the options for us to engage the challenge meaningfully. Whereas the first presentation will be dedicated to the technologically innovative aspects, the second will highlight the economic and political dimensions.

Watch the whole recording of the third event here (only German).


Climate protection - the difference between well menat and well done


Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and former Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK),

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn, former President of the ifo Institute for Economic Research 

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief, MM Maschinenmarkt

fourth event:
china’s rise – how can
europe keep pace? 

The fourth “enter the future” event took place on April 27, 2022.

Even though China has lost some of its power recently as an engine of growth, it remains a huge, dynamic force of increasing global importance – and an undisputed market of opportunities, especially for strong exporting countries like Germany, as well as a daunting, complex challenge that must be engaged with shrewdly. The presentations therefore shed light not only on economic, political and technological factors but also on fundamental aspects of the world order in general and differences between the underlying social models in particular.

Watch the whole recording of the fourth event here (only German).


China’s rise – How can Europe keep pace?


Dr Janka Oertel, Director of the Asia Program at the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of numerous publications, for example on EU-China relations as well as Chinese foreign policy,

Professor Sebastian Heilmann, Chair Professor for Government and the Political Economy of China at the University of Trier and one of Europe’s most internationally distinguished experts on China

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

second event:
game changer ai:
change needs creative drive

The second enter the future event was held on April 22, 2021.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming the key driver of innovation in our living and working environments. But what exactly does “AI” mean today? What can AI do and what can it not do (yet)? What is AI allowed to do and what is it not? While the first presentation is dedicated to such questions, the second uses specific use cases to highlight the innovation and transformation process of companies in the mechanical engineering sector on their path to becoming solution providers in global, digital ecosystems.

Game Changer AI: Change needs creative drive

Dr. Julia Duwe, Head of R&D Production Platforms at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG and Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Emeritus of Excellence at the Technical University of Munich, Senior Professor and co-founder of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center at the University of Tübingen

Facilitated by:
Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

first event:
co2 - climate killer
or useful raw material

The first event was held on November 26, 2020.


Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was live streamed from the TauberPhilharmonie in Weikersheim. Viewers were able to participate in the discussion and ask questions using the chat function during the live broadcast.

“CO2 – Climate killer or useful raw material”

Prof. Ortwin Renn, scientific director at the Institute for Transformative Sustainability Research (IASS) in Potsdam

Torsten Kallweit, Head of Corporate Occupational Safety, Fire Protection, Environmental Protection and Sustainability at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Facilitated by:
Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt


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