The Daimler and Benz Foundation supports interdisciplinary research about the interrelationship between humans, the environment, and technology.
For this purpose, the Foundation draws on ideas from the spheres of science, industry, and society and fosters their intensive scientific treatment. The Foundation sees itself as a driver of the knowledge society and endeavors to contribute to the future development of society by making scientific findings readily available to interested parties. The research programs focus on issues such as environmental protection as a national objective, technology and safety, transformations in our world of living, and cities as settlements and habitats.
The Berlin Colloquium of the Daimler and Benz Foundation conveys important scientific issues and findings to the general public. Over recent years, the Colloquium has developed into a discussion forum for scientists and decision makers from a wide variety of fields. The Innovation Forum initiated by the Foundation is a place of encounter for discussions between economists and young managers.
The Daimler and Benz Foundation also performs an important function in the promotion of talented young scientists. The Bertha Benz Prize, awarded on the occasion of the annual Bertha Benz Lecture, for example, acknowledges outstanding doctoral theses presented by women in the engineering sciences.