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Voices

What people are saying about acatech


“Digitalisation is finding its way into almost every area of our lives. It is therefore extremely important to gather representatives of industry, government and the general public around the same table so that we can explore the opportunities and challenges of new technologies and shape the future of digitalisation together. Among other things, digitalisation will require robust structures and a solid regulatory framework.” 

Hessian Minister of Justice Eva Kühne-Hörmann, speaking at the acatech Academy Day on 18 May 2017 in Wiesbaden.

“From healthcare to the environment and mobility, government must promote technologies and find answers to the associated problems while at the same time addressing public controversies and potential risks to people and nature. To do this, we must engage in a dialogue with science, industry and the general public. In the space of just a few years, the National Academy of Science and Engineering has become an important platform for this dialogue.”

Former Federal Minister Heinz Riesenhuber, speaking at the acatech Annual Meeting on 17 October 2017 in Berlin.

“We will achieve at least a basic level of cybersecurity if we develop good technology, create a stable and modern regulatory framework and strengthen the skills of both private and business users. This is why acatech’s efforts to bring these user groups together and provide overarching recommendations is so important.”

Johannes Buchmann, TU Darmstadt and acatech Member, speaking at the acatech Academy Day on 18 May 2017 in Wiesbaden.


“A concerted national effort in the European context is required to secure Germany’s long-term position as a leader in the field of autonomous systems technology. In addition to the promotion of key technologies, this will also call for a regulatory framework that fosters innovation, and in particular a dialogue with the public. After all, the moral and ethical aspects of digitalisation must also be firmly anchored in our society.”

Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and one of the two co-chairs of the High-Tech Forum, speaking at the presentation of the Expert Panel Autonomous Systems report to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka at CeBIT in Hanover on 20 March 2017.

 

“The time is ripe for Germany to make more out of the field of artificial intelligence. In the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, we have established the largest research institute in this field anywhere in the world. We have outstanding research facilities compared to other countries around the world and the results show the huge potential of this technology for our economy and for society as a whole. We need to start thinking about artificial intelligence in new ways and, as with Industrie 4.0, prepare ourselves for far-reaching changes. By launching the strategic initiative, we are seeking to pool our efforts and provide systematic impetus to this field in Germany.”

Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka, speaking at the launch of the Plattform Lernende Systeme on 11 September 2017.


“We must take advantage of the opportunities that digitalisation brings for growth, prosperity and job creation. The Working Group has presented valuable ideas and suggestions for an open dialogue on the future of work”

Minister of State Helge Braun (third from left), speaking at the presentation of the HR Working Group’s findings on work in the digital transformation at the Federal Chancellery on 29 June 2017.


“Reinhard Hüttl has devoted himself with huge commitment and success to issues that are extremely important to our society, such as the implementation of the energy transition. I am therefore delighted that he will continue to play an active and prominent role for acatech in the future.”

Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka, speaking at the event held to mark the end of Reinhard F. Hüttl’s term as acatech President in Berlin on 8 February 2017.

“Reinhard Hüttl has done a huge amount for science-based policy advice to government and the public in Germany. I would like to make special mention of his unflagging commitment to German and international academies of science in the field of policy advice and the many successes that he has achieved in this work.”

Jörg Hacker, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, speaking at the event held to mark the end of Reinhard F. Hüttl’s term as acatech President in Berlin on 8 February 2017.


 

“If acatech didn’t already exist, someone would have to invent it.” 

Review team led by E. Jürgen Zöllner. The review team’s report was presented to the acatech Board of Trustees on 21 February 2017.