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Bayer Foundation at Berlin Science Week 2021

5th - 8th November 2021


Bayer Foundation are really excited to be participating in person and online at this year’s Berlin Science Week hosted by Falling Walls. Come and meet the team and partners at our stand, or join our panel discussion on the relationship between science and society from our fantastic participants: Who Owns Science? Our Executive Director, Monika Lessl, is also a panelist alongside Tatjana König and Simone Menne  on the topic of “Promoting Gender Equality for Innovation”.





Who Owns Science?


Together with our partner SciCo we are hosting four brilliant panelists to discuss:


Can the science of tomorrow be guided by today’s society?


Can science include us all? How can the role of society in scientific practice and constructive dialogue be enhanced? How important is equality in science? Is open data a blessing or a threat? How can we immunize citizens to fake news? Does citizen peer reviewing of scientific articles really help?




Theo Anagnostopoulos

Co-Founder & General Manager of SciCo and a National Geographic Explorer


Our panel includes:


Jutta Allmendinger  

Sociologist, president of WZB Berlin Social Science Center and member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC).


Jola Pospech

Scientist and academic, Junior Research Group Leader at Leibniz-Institut for Catalysis.


Christian Rommel  

Head of Bayer Pharma Research & Development and lecturer of biotechnology at ETH Zurich.  



Read more about our speakers, the event, how to join in person and find our live stream here.

When: Saturday, 6th Nov, 17:00-18:30, in person and online.  

Where: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin and online.


If you would like to attend the event on-site, please book your spot via e-mail at: 










Meet Bayer Foundation & Our Partners  


Over two days the team and many of our partners will be at the Berlin Science Week Festival. Curious to meet game changers, agenda setters, social innovators, and scientists from our network? Come by and talk to our amazing partners at the Bayer Foundation stand and learn how we work together towards a world with Health for all and Hunger for none.



Program Friday, 5th November 2021 - Africa


10:00 - 12:00 Grace Accelerator

12:00 - 14:00 Bayer Foundation Fellow

14:00 - 16:00 Young Physician Leaders Program

16:00 - 18:00 mTomady

18:00 - 19:30 SISTAC e.V.



Program Saturday, 6th November 2021 - Science & Society


10:00 - 12:00 Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

12:00 - 14:00 Wissenschaft im Dialog

14:00 - 16:00 Humboldt Explorer

16:00 - 18:00 Falling Walls Female Science Talents

18:00 - 19:30 Bayer Foundation Team



Bayer Foundation Team


Stefan Wilhelm - Program Manager Social Innovation Program

Karl Collins - Director Science Program

Simone Jonek - Foundation Office

Donatus zu Ysenburg - Intern Social Innovation Program

Selbi Annayeva - Working Student Communication and Science Program



When:  Friday 5th & Saturday 6th November, 10:00 – 19:30

Where: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin

The entrance is free. As admission is limited, we recommend booking a timed ticket for the Museum für Naturkunde here in advance. These will be made available online two weeks in advance.


Or contact us directly at for any question.









“Promoting Gender Equality for Innovation” with Falling Walls


Our Executive Director, Monika Lessl, together with Tatjana König and Simone Menne will be part of the Falling Walls plenary discussion:


Promoting Gender Equality for Innovation


How to implement gender equality to increase the quality of innovation? What else needs to be changed? And for that matter, who needs to change: decision makers or policy makers shaping gender equality or those gender who are disadvantaged?


Panelists include:  


Monika Lessl

Executive Director of the Bayer Foundation, SVP, Bayer AG


Tatjana König

Executive Director of the Körber-Stiftung


Simone Menne

Supervisory Board Member at BMW, Deutsche Post AG and Non-Executive Director of Johnson Controls International plc.  



Read more about the speakers, the event, how to join in person and find our live stream here.

When: Monday, 8th Nov, 12:00 – 13:00 in person and online.  

Where: Radialsystem, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin.



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