Giving refugees in Germany a perspective

September 15, 2015

The Max Planck and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are planning an initiative to integrate refugees into science. This was announced by the Presidents of the two organizations at a joint reception in Berlin on Wednesday.

Preliminary discussions have already taken place this at federal state level as well as with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Saxony have signaled that they welcome and support the initiative. The Max Planck Society is currently investigating in what specific ways help can be provided. In the current discussions, the ideas and proposals of the institutes of the Max Planck Society are explicitly included.

"The Max Planck Society sees itself not only as a scientific organization, but also as a social force.  This is why we want to contribute to a facilitation of integration of refugees into our country," says Max Planck President Martin Stratmann.

The Initiative for Integration of Refugees in Science was announced by Stratmann and Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, at an event to mark the ten-year research collaboration of the two organizations on Wednesday. The joint further procedure will be coordinated through a task force.

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