How do people get involved in crazy science

The voice of science is essential

Dialogue with politics and the public

There are also challenges in discourse with the public. "When we offer lectures to an interested public, the younger people are missing," says Schnabel. Today, they are often no longer accessible via traditional media. The scientist is therefore very active on Twitter. "You have to shorten it, but you can't expect all 30 pages to read long essays."

As a researcher, she is currently working on reforming the European currency area. The EU summit in June postponed important decisions. "The pace of reform is too slow, that worries me." For Schnabel it is clear: "We must be able to master the next critical escalation without further signs of disintegration in Europe and animosity between the European countries."

She warns against populist narratives, for example that the European deposit insurance only serves to ask German savers to pay. Here, too, science is challenged. Her credo: “You have to fight false narratives with facts.” Schnabel still has big plans.

This also applies to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. Although the climate researcher is now preparing to say goodbye to Telegrafenberg - the now 68-year-old wants to hand over the PIK to younger hands in autumn - but he does not want to withdraw from political advice and political discourse. “You mustn't duck back”, as Schellnhuber puts it, and should speak to his colleagues Grunwald, Rojas and Schnabel from the heart.