If you contemplate the role of science in the modern world, you face a paradox: on one side, society and policy makers demand that science provides evidence-based insights, on which they can base their decisions and political alignments.
On the other side, the dynamics of science are founded on the fact that scientific contributions are occasionally contradictory and deliver several answers to one problem. Awareness of the uncertainty of its own insights is science’s engine, not a presumed certainty. Nevertheless, it is not random and haphazard. Instead, it produces and describes its versions of solutions intelligently and transparently. In this, it is very democratic.
We warmly invite you to discuss the role of science with us, as well as what you expect of it at this year's Night of the Profs on 17 November, under the motto »Truth(s) – Values – Resistance«. This issue of unizeit provides a wealth of inspirational ideas.
President of Kiel University