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the Boundary Breakers

Identifying outstanding scientific talents & breakthrough research topics in the life sciences, and providing unique opportunities for collaboration in science

Boundary-Breaking Science
Recordings: Lectures & More

Here you can meet the boundary breaking scientists that are part of the our Science Network and learn about their cutting edge research.  Go a bit further and you will find some intriguing answers to the question: Who Owns Science?

“Through our lecture series, we want to bring cutting-edge science to as many people as possible. You never know who wants to build on the brilliant research of our awardees”

Lars zur Mühlen, Program Lead for Boundary-Breaking Science Lecture Series

2022 Boundary-Breaking Science Lecture Series

Selected lectures from the 2021 winners of Bayer Foundation’s awards highlight the forefront of scientific research from across the globe.


Dr. Connor Coley
Henri Slezynger Career Development Assistant Professor MIT

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AI for chemical space navigation and synthesis

Dr. Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeeva
Group Leader, Genome Biology Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany

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Quantifying gut microbiota-drug-host metabolic interactions

Prof. Kai Johnsson
Director of the Chemical Biology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany

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Synthetic probes to spy on cells

2021 Boundary-Breaking Science Lecture Series

Selected lectures from the 2020 winners of Bayer Foundation’s awards highlight the forefront of scientific research from across the globe.

Prof. Ruth E. Ley,
Director of Microbiome Science
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology,
Tübingen, Germany

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The human gut microbiome:

ecology & evolution

Dr. Nico Franzmeier
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich,

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Using multimodal neuroimaging to understand Alzheimer’s disease progression

Who Owns Science?

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

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Who Owns Science?

Bayer Foundation presents at Berlin Science Week

Hosted by renowned science engager Theo Anagnostopoulos, co-founder of SciCo, a National Geographic Explorer, and member of the Explorers Club 50 Class of 2022 we ask the question Who Owns Science?

We explore whether science really can include all of us and what is the role society in scientific practice? Can we build a constructive dialogue between science and society, and is equality in science important? We put these questions to three superstars, so tune in to hear what they have to say on this and a lot more



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

Award Ceremonies

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2021 Bayer Foundation Awards Ceremony



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2020 Bayer Foundation Awards Ceremony