Work and Results

Voices

What people are saying about acatech

“In a society that continues to depend on highly advanced technology, we need a deeper understanding of science. That is why I particularly commend the work of your Academy, all its leaders and all the people and institutions that support it. (…) We all need your ideas and visions – we need science fiction, in the best, most serious sense of the word.”

Joachim Gauck, Federal president, in his Official address to the acatech Annual Meeting in Berlin in October 2016


“You provide us with help and advice on all kinds of strategic issues, you have a wealth of practical experience and you foster young talent. Every member of acatech has done a great job. For this, you deserve our respect and our thanks!”

Horst Seehofer, Minister-President of the Free State of Bavaria, in his speech at the official opening of the acatech Forum on Munich’s Karolinenplatz in April 2016


“acatech fills a gap in the essential activities of the science and engineering communities, government and the public.”

Jürgen Zöllner, Executive Board member of Stiftung Charité, speaking on behalf of the team of independent experts that carried out a status analysis of the Academy under his leadership in the summer of 2016


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“Reinhard Hüttl has made acatech into an international player whose voice is heard throughout Europe and beyond.”

Robert Jan Smits, EU Director-General for Research and Innovation, speaking at an event held in Berlin in February 2017 to mark Reinhard F. Hüttl’s retirement as acatech President


“Communication between experts from the widest possible range of disciplines and members of the business community and the public is absolutely key to innovation, particularly in the field of healthcare. Germany’s scientific academies, especially acatech, help to promote this important dialogue.”

Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture of the Lower Saxony state government, at the acatech Academy Day in Hannover in May 2016


“The digital transformation will be accompanied by highly dynamic changes in occupational profiles. If jobs are lost as a result of the productivity gains achieved through automation, it will be even more important to stimulate growth through innovation and to realise the resulting employment opportunities. Industrie 4.0 and the Smart Service Welt will be key to the creation of more and better jobs in Germany.“

Detlef Scheele, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency


“acatech is increasingly taking the interests of works councils, staff councils and the trade unions into account, particularly in Industrie 4.0 projects. It does so by discussing worker participation opportunities and requirements with an advisory group comprising representatives of the social partners and civil society organisations. The Hans Böckler Foundation is delighted to contribute insights from all of its research areas to acatech’s ongoing work.”

Michael Guggemos, Management spokesman of the Hans Böckler Foundation


“Digitalisation is changing the world of work. New and flexible manufacturing processes are emerging. (…) In Germany, we have both the ideal conditions for this transformation and the right competencies in our companies. By delivering the appropriate training for the business environment and workplace of tomorrow, we can ensure that the transformation is a positive one.”

Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, at the presentation of the acatech POSITION PAPER Kompetenzen für Industrie 4.0 at the National IT Summit in Saarbrücken in November 2016


“German industry and SMEs need data-based business models enabled by digital platforms in order to remain competitive. The practical examples collected by acatech show what the digitalisation of our economy could look like. To make it happen, cooperation on digital services between different institutions will be essential.”

Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), at the presentation of the acatech publication Digitale Service Plattformen during the 2016 Hannover Messe


“Against the backdrop of demographic change, digitalisation provides us with an opportunity to compensate for future labour shortages through productivity gains. Getting to grips with digitalisation is therefore critical to securing our competitiveness and the fabric of our society. I would like to thank acatech and the Jacobs Foundation for their thought-provoking insights.”

Helge Braun, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor at the presentation of the acatech IMPULSE Die digitale Transformation gestalten – Was Personalvorstände zur Zukunft der Arbeit sagen in Berlin in April 2016