Some information about the Klaus Tschira Stiftung in English.
The Klaus Tschira Stiftung
The Klaus Tschira Stiftung was created in 1995 by the physicist Klaus Tschira. It is one of Europe’s largest privately funded non-profit foundations. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung solely funds non-profit institutions in Germany. The Foundation is located in Heidelberg with its head office in the Villa Bosch, which used to be the residence of the Nobel laureate in chemistry Carl Bosch. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung promotes the advancement of natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science and strives to raise appreciation for these fields. The Foundation’s commitments begin in the kindergartens and continue at primary and secondary schools, universities and research facilities. The Foundation champions new methods of scientific knowledge transfer and supports both development and intelligible presentation of research findings. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung pursues its objectives by conducting projects of its own, but also awards subsidies upon application and positive assessment. The Foundation has also founded its own affiliations that promote sustainability among the selected topics.
Focal Points The Klaus Tschira Stiftung focuses its promotion of the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science on three focal points.
Natural Sciences - Right from the Beginning
Children are generally interested in natural phenomena at an early age. We encourage this curiosity in the kindergartens and promote a keen interest in natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, both in the classroom and in extracurricular settings.
The Klaus Tschira Stiftung conducts research on its own accord and supports young scientists by funding research projects at universities and other research facilities.
In order to raise awareness for natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, scientists need to engage in dialogue with the public. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung supports scientists in developing communicative skills.
Architecture for Science
In addition to the three focal points, in selected cases the Klaus Tschira Stiftung supports or finances buildings for scientific purposes. Some of the buildings replicate construction principles that can be found in nature. Cutting-edge technology is used in these projects. Affiliations
The Klaus Tschira Stiftung has founded its own affiliations that promote sustainability among the selected topics.Forscherstation
The Klaus Tschira Competence Center for Early Science Education aims to arouse enthusiasm for natural sciences in children at a very young age by training kindergarten and primary school teachers. The Center is an affiliation of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and is associated with the Heidelberg University of Education.HITS
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies conducts fundamental research. The research institute of the KTS focuses on new theoretical approaches that interpret the rapidly increasing amounts of experimental data, ranging from molecular biomechanics to astrophysics.
The National Institute for Science Communication prepares students and scientists to engage in open dialogue with the general public. NaWik is an establishment of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The publishing company Spektrum der Wissenschaft is a cooperative partner.
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, an affiliation of KTS, hosts an annual international convention which provides an ideal environment for networking for the participants. Young researchers and Prize winners of renowned awards in mathematics or computer science attend this six-day event that offers multiple opportunities for scientific exchange and various accompanying cultural programs and engagements.
The Klaus Tschira Stiftung pursues its objectives by conducting projects of its own.
Klaus Tschira Preis
The Klaus Tschira Award for Achievements in Public Understanding of Science honors annually young scientists who present their outstanding PhD thesis in articles that are generally comprehensible and stimulating to the general public.
Every summer the scientific adventure and theme days of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung lure tens of thousands of young visitors to Mannheim. Student competitions, interactive labs, exhibitions and stage programs are showcased to attract children, parents and teachers alike.
Edition Klaus Tschira Stiftung
With the Klaus Tschira Stiftung Publications, children and families explore natural sciences and mathematics at home. The books combine everyday experiences with experiments and provide scientific explanations to develop deeper understanding and interest.
The Klaus Tschira Competence Center for Digital Geomedia at the Heidelberg University of Education educates students and teachers of the usefulness and value of digital geomedia in classroom (e.g. satellite images and aerial pictures or geographical information systems).
Supported by Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Seminar für Allgemeine Rhetorik / Universität Tübingen students learn to communicate scientific topics in an understandable manner. Special teaching materials, presentation trainings and a contest were developed for the teachers and students.
The Tschira Youth Academy offers courses during school breaks that allow students to learn more about biology, under innovative and exciting surroundings. The students conduct experiments using professional equipment and participate in exclusive, behind the scenes field trips with scientists.