Why Curiosity?


Closing the Gap between Today and Tomorrow

We believe that curiosity is the driving force behind human progress and development. And while the future poses many challenges and uncertainties, we're convinced that curiosity can help mankind navigate its unchartered terrain with confidence and optimism. Discover more about the four dimensions of curiosity and how leaving your comfort zone from time to time can provide answers to questions that have yet to be asked!

"Curiosity is our driving force."

Stefan Oschmann

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Creativity has already brought us far.

Curiosity has already brought us far. For example, to the orbit of Jupiter, and that just 59 years after Sputnik became the first satellite to circle the Earth. Technological progress over time can appear exponential, especially when viewed in retrospect. Have we now reached the limits? Will intelligent machines be the masters of our future? Has human curiosity become obsolete?

Quite to the contrary: In my opinion, we can dare to be even more curious. That is what is required of us to properly grasp technical progress and to actively and responsibly shape our future. We need the curiosity to research throughout all areas of society. The mere fact that there are now seven billion humans presents us, and all the creatures with which we share this planet, with great challenges.

We love challenges at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and we too can look back on a history rich in curiosity and innovation. In 1668, Friedrich Jacob Merck laid the foundation for our company. Our development has progressed apace ever since. You can now find our ideas everywhere, such as in the liquid crystals in your display. The curiosity and persistence of our researchers are also to thank for the fact that the “seemingly living crystals” discovered by chance in 1888 have now become a technology that has forever transformed our daily lives. When you look at photos of the Jupiter probe Juno on your smartphone, you are most likely doing so with the help of our liquid crystals.

Through intensive research and development in our business sectors of Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials, we are doing our part to meet the challenges of the future. Over 50,000 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany employees worldwide are working on technologies for a better life – driven by curiosity. We intend to continue down this path. I would be delighted for you to accompany us.

Yours,
Stefan Oschmann
Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Curiosity Council

Curiosity doesn't happen by chance. It requires inquisitive minds and a willingness to explore. To help guide us down this exciting path, we’ve teamed up with a panel of experts renowned for their pioneering work in the field of curiosity.

Dr. Todd Kashdan

Ph.D. in clinical psychology, professor, lecturer, scientist and researcher. Todd Kashdan's mission is to increase people's quality of life. He has written numerous articles and books on the topics of curiosity, positive psychology, awareness, emotional imbalances and social agility.

Dr. Sophie von Stumm

MSc and Ph.D. in psychology, professor, lecturer, scientist and researcher. Sophie studies the role that personality traits like curiosity play for developing skills and expertise. She has published many articles and chapters on personality development, cognitive growth, learning and individual differences.

Dr. Carl Naughton

MA in German language studies, romance studies and theatre education. Ph.D. in linguistics and educational sciences. Carl Naughton is a German/English author, lecturer and speaker. For over ten years he researched and taught at the University of Cologne in educational psychology while working as a consultant. He wrote books about thinking abilities, curiosity and communication. Together with Andreas Steinle he recently published the critically acclaimed study "Curiosity Management - fuel for innovation".

Andreas Steinle

Master of social and economic communication, CEO of The Future Institute Workshop GmbH in Frankfurt. Andreas Steinle is a communications consultant with a forward-looking approach. Speaking regularly at international conferences, he advises both national and international organizations regarding change management and innovation processes.

A Global Curiosity Network

To help amplify our curiosity message, we’re forging ongoing partnerships with science and technology-based opinion leaders in various countries across the globe. In close cooperation with the Curiosity Council, they’ll help us to define and co-create measures for the #alwayscurious initiative.

Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Dr. Pechstein is a consultant, design thinking coach, and neuroscientist. Founder of the innovation agency phi360 he’s also a director of the Biomimicry Germany think tank – providing businesses and organizations with guidance and consulting for change and transformation processes.

Cedric Engels

Cedric Engels

Cedric Engels is a creative production graduate from the Cologne International Film School in Germany. Fascinated by the progress of humanity, his YouTube channel "Doktor Whatson" provides answers to questions about science, physics, technology, and the future.

Ingrid Gerstbach

Ingrid Gerstbach

Ingrid Gerstbach is an expert in design thinking and innovation. As a management consultant, she helps people and organizations to change and grow. Ingrid focusses on design thinking, an innovation method developed in the US in the 1990s.

Dr. Oliver Kempkens

Dr. Oliver Kempkens

Oliver Kempkens is CEO of ADAPT OR DIE VENTURES Ltd, a global consultancy focusing on corporate innovation. He is also adjunct and associate professor at several universities for design thinking, agile, innovation management, and change management. He has published several articles and chapters on design thinking and co-led the global Design Thinking Initiative at SAP.

Sam Illingworth

Sam Illingworth

Dr. Sam Illingworth is a senior lecturer in science communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research uses poetry and games to enhance dialogue between scientists and non-scientists. He is also chief editor of Geoscience Communication, an open-access journal that helps to share knowledge and give more traditional recognition to science communication in the geosciences.

Sung-Gyoo Geo

Sung-Gyoo Geo

Sunggyoo studied mechanical engineering at Hanyang University, Korea and is CEO of Geo-Line Co. Ltd. President of EV Infrastructure Network Research Center, Sunggyoo is also an author publishing the Korean-language title “2025 The Future of Electric Vehicle”.

Ho-Young Ban

Ho-Young Ban

Ho-Young Ban studied aerospace engineering at KAIST, Korea before studying business administration (MBA) at the University of Virginia. Using the experiences and skillsets gained from working at Samsung Electronics and Hanwha Trust Investment Management, he co-founded NEOFECT, where he is currently CEO.

Bon-Kyoung Koo

Bon-Kyoung Koo

A PhD in life science, Dr. Bon-Kyoung Koo is an experienced mouse geneticist, principal investigator, and group leader at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology. Bon-Kyoung actively employs emerging organoid culture technology to study stem cell maintenance and activation in mice and humans.

Chul-Hong Kim

Chul-Hong Kim

Chul-Hong is a MS, BS, and PhD in materials science and engineering. Having worked previously at Samsung SDI as senior research engineer, he has headed the global open innovation department at LG Display Co., Ltd since 2015.

Jerry Kang

Jerry Kang

A scholar of Pusan National University, with a degree in electronic engineering, Jerry is currently associate director at IHS. With a forward-looking approach to analyzing emerging display (OLED & Micro LED) technologies and markets, Jerry has over 15 years of industry experience. Quoted frequently in the media, Jerry is a regular speaker at major conferences worldwide.

Ke Xue Jie Ma

Ke Xue Jie Ma

Sharing scientific news with more than 350,000 fans globally, kexuejiema is one of the most popular and influential public accounts in the scientific sector.

Hua Xue Jia

Hua Xue Jia

Focussing on chemical and medial fields, Hua Xue Jia shares fascinating research projects, vivid sciences stories, and informative insights from leading industry names with over 200,000 fans globally.

Xu Yao

Xu Yao

Xu Yao is a researcher and doctoral supervisor of Xi 'an Institute of Optical Machinery. He is engaged in the research, development, and application of advanced optical films. With articles widely reproduced by the mainstream media, Xu Yao is an influential science.net blogger and author of over 170 academic papers–including a scientific monograph, and a popular science monograph.

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