Excellent science thrives on an open and tolerant society. It is only within such a society that we can explore innovative solutions to the major challenges of our time. For this reason, the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding as an institute of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) supports the call of the non-partisan alliance “Wir sind die Brandmauer” for a large rally for democracy on February 25, 2024, starting at 3 p.m. at the Neumarkt in Dresden. In addition, around 240 other organizations from Dresden’s civil society, including churches, trade unions, charities, foundations and associations, have joined the call to stand up together for solidarity and respect and against exclusion. The event is part of the nationwide campaign “Hand in Hand”. An extensive program with music and speeches is planned.

The Board of Directors of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Prof. Sebastian M. Schmidt and Dr. Diana Stiller: “People from over 60 nations work at the HZDR. They contribute their knowledge, skills and experience every day so that we can understand the behavior of materials, treat cancer more effectively and use our resources safely and sustainably – for the benefit of all people in Germany and worldwide. Their diversity is our strength. We stand firmly by the side of our international employees and would like to encourage everyone to make a statement for an open, tolerant and democratic society.”

Statement from the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany: We must continually develop an open society and a strong democracy in order to rise to future challenges in our country.

Wir sind die Brandmauer Dresden
Rally for Democracy on February 25, 2024
Neumarkt Dresden | 3 p.m.
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About the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding

CASUS was founded 2019 in Görlitz/Germany and pursues data-intensive interdisciplinary systems research in such diverse disciplines as earth systems research, systems biology or materials research. The goal of CASUS is to create digital images of complex systems of unprecedented fidelity to reality with innovative methods from mathematics, theoretical systems research, simulations as well as data and computer science to give answers to urgent societal questions. The founding partners of CASUS are the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ), the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (MPI-CBG), the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) and the University of Wrocław (UWr). CASUS, managed as an institute of the HZDR, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK).