In January 2014, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs / General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) launched a joint research initiative on different topics such as health, energy supply and socio-economic impacts of the financial and economic crisis. The three bilateral research projects that will be discussed during this event focus on the last issue. These projects directly connect to further society-related research funding activities of the BMBF. Contributions from this wider context of funding activities will enhance the perspective on how research can unlock potential for social cohesion and inclusion.
The current European financial and economic crisis, which began in 2008, has led to strains on the relationship between Germany and Greece. In this situation it is of great importance to reflect on the manifold points of contact in the past that link the two countries. Scientific research in particular is able to establish relationships in a differentiated manner, to critically analyse developments and thus to activate potentials for positive future developments.
The discussion of the research projects shall also take up the question of how science and civil society can cooperate with regard to tackling societal challenges.