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

Fifth event in the Wittenstein Foundation’s “enter the future” series


29.09.2022


Is it really that simple? Should we take nature as a model in order to master the enormous challenges facing humanity – such as independence from fossil fuels, climate protection, food shortages or scarce resources? Professor Vera Meyer and Professor Thomas Bauernhansl will address this question together with the audience at the fifth no-cost event in the Wittenstein Foundation’s “enter the future” series on October 13 at the TauberPhilharmonie as well as via a live stream.


“Biologization” and “biological transformation” mean nothing less than the increasing integration of principles of nature in modern economic sectors. New products, processes and solutions are already being developed daily with the help of the life sciences, and are rapidly becoming indispensable in view of the central challenges facing humanity. “Business as usual” is not an option here but our duty to future generations.


Dialog, not monolog


Professor Thomas Bauernhansl, speaker at the upcoming “enter the future” event which will once again be held in a hybrid format, will examine which technology-based innovations could help to mitigate the conflict between human needs and planetary boundaries. In his capacity as Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA) in Stuttgart and Director of the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management of the University of Stuttgart as well as the author of numerous books on, among other things, adaptability in production, he will particularly shed light on the role of machine and plant construction. It will then be the turn of Professor Vera Meyer, visual artist and Head of the Chair of Molecular and Applied Microbiology at Technische Universität Berlin, whose keynote speech will focus first and foremost on fungus-based biotechnological innovations. Alongside several other aspects, she will also highlight the function of fungi as master builders as well as the associated innovative leap towards circular, sustainable architecture. Each keynote will be followed by a discussion with the audience, facilitated by Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief of MM MaschinenMarkt. All those attending – whether connected in a video conference or there in person – are invited to enrich the evening with their ideas, their thoughts and their contributions.


Register now free of charge


As always, the fifth event in the “enter the future” series is open to the public at no cost. Interested persons can obtain admission tickets or access data to the live stream as well as all further information on the event from www.wittenstein-stiftung.com/events. Registrations will be accepted up until October 10, 2022.


“enter the future – Standpoints and ideas in dialog”

“enter the future” is a series of events launched in November 2020 with the aim of entering into a fruitful dialog with society on how resources can be safeguarded for future generations without jeopardizing prosperity and employment. Innovation and progress are key elements of a transformation process that must accurately mirror a whole series of interrelationships if it is to be successful. The purpose of the Wittenstein Foundation is to identify precisely these interrelationships and make a valuable contribution towards designing the essential transformation.



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Speakers: Professor Vera Meyer (Head of the Chair of Molecular and Applied Microbiology at Technische Universität Berlin)

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Speakers: Professor Thomas Bauernhansl (Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart and Director of the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management of the University of Stuttgart)

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Tinder Fungus

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