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!

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"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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

As professor for the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy in Tsinghua SEM, Dr. Jin Chen is a leading international scholar on R&D, innovation management, and policy. He has published more than 600 articles in various journals, and written over 60 books on the topic of technology and innovation management. Having received numerous awards and honors, Dr. Chen also serves as chief editor for leading innovation and economics journals in China. And he has done numerous consulting services for some leading innovative companies in China and abroad.

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.

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