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Science and Society: What Drives Innovation? Talk by TUM professor Claudia Peus on 26 November 2019

Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus will give this year's Science and Society presentation on the subject "What drives innovation?". (Photo: TUM)

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) has been organizing the “Science and Society” lecture series since 2016. These events are held by the Institute in memory of its former Director, Professor Hans-Peter Dürr, who deceased several years ago. During the later years of his scientific career in particular, the theoretical physicist focused his work on issues relating to peace and the environment.

His outstanding commitment to these social and political topics won him many awards, including the Right Livelihood Award in 1987, also known as the “alternative Nobel Prize”.

For this year’s Science and Society lecture on 26 November at 6.30 pm at the Max Planck Institute for Physics, the MPP is delighted to welcome the scientist Claudia Peus. She is Professor of Research and Science Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Physics.

In her lecture, she discusses the issue of which conditions enable and drive forward innovation in research. Here, she will first look at the importance of innovation for our society. She then explains which influential factors have been proven to be particular significant from a social sciences perspective, at the level of the individual, the team and the organization. Finally, practical recommendations for action are discussed.

The lecture will be given in English.