Science, Research and Technology

Science, Research and Technology

Driving forces behind the economic development of a country

There is no doubt that (natural) science, research and technologies are an engine for innovation and hence driving forces behind the economic development of a country. These have become the most important locational factor for modern industrial societies. Their promotion is therefore in the interest of a future-oriented and sustainable society.

The significance of science, research and technology goes far beyond the core area of research and economic policy. They have an impact on social development as a whole and are thus among the major topics of social policy.

What is more, they are an intrinsic part of the Western Christian culture and boast an astonishing success story: No other area of culture has made such a large contribution towards peoples’ living conditions. They develop solutions for pressing future problems in the areas of health, nutrition, energy and the environment for instance. They assist in fulfilling the needs of people. They also open up new options for quality of life, sustainability and therefore safeguard our future.

However, scientific and technical progress is also associated with risks that need to be mitigated. Dangers and potential for abuse need to be critically evaluated and incorporated into the political decision-making process. Science, research and technology are also both the cause as well as the outcome of the change in social values. That is why special attention needs to be paid to the complex interrelations between scientific/technical progress and social change.

Projects by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung support this scientific/technical progress and the associated social change; It seeks to identify new trends at an early stage and put the opportunities and risks inherent in politics up for discussion. It initiates and encourages dialogue between science and society.