Science Talks: The contribution of science in times of war

31 Oct 2022

The second "Science Talks" event will focus on the relationship between science and political crises.

The war against Ukraine has plunged the world into geopolitical and economic uncertainty. International research cooperation is also struggling with the consequences: How should the sciences deal with political conflicts and how can they act in the context of authoritarian structures?

Participants in the panel discussion of the "Science Talks" event series at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) will address these questions from the perspectives of science, history and politics.

Panel discussion:

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Science at the ,Turning Point‘ – The contribution of science in times of war

Tuesday, November 08, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

In the Great Assembly Hall of the LMU (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1) and as livestream.

No registration is required to attend in presence.

Register here for the livestream

Further information about the Science Lectures


The "Science Talks" will be held in German. A recording with English subtitles will be published on YouTube one week after the event.

The panelists:

Porträt von Martin Schulze Wessel.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel

„Science is inescapably political if its results are considered relevant. This is because their research results enjoy greater credibility in the public eye than mere expressions of opinion. At the same time, they can be interpreted. This makes them interesting for the political battle of opinions. The only question is how far scientists should engage themselves in the dissemination and interpretation of their insights, which involves certain risks. I think they should get actively involved, in newspaper articles and also in social media.“

Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel holds the Chair of History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe at the LMU Munich.

© DFG / David Ausserhofer

Prof. em. Dr. Peter Strohschneider

Prof. em. Dr. Peter Strohschneider is former holder of the Chair of German Medieval Studies at LMU Munich. He was President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2013 to 2019 and Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities from 2006 to 2011.

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