Broad Minds

Underpinned by a longstanding tradition, the promotion of education and culture is a core element of our commitment to society.

Awakening curiosity

To inspire a love of science in the next generation of researchers, we have set up research labs for children and adolescents. We also provide schools with materials for exciting lessons and offer continuing education to teachers. Because music and literature inspire people, we moreover promote a number of cultural initiatives worldwide. Creativity and curiosity are the bedrock of science, culture and art and also underpin our holistic approach.

We aim to inspire

As a science and technology company, we endeavor to excite people about science, inspire curiosity and help creativity to soar.

Connecting researchers worldwide

Although bright minds are spread across the globe, they often live in low- and middle-income countries, where they lack the support needed to make the next scientific breakthrough a reality. Given this situation, we are working to remove these barriers and bring the global scientific community closer together. In 2018, we partnered with Seeding Labs to launch TeleScience, a digital platform that accelerates access to scientific education and research for thousands of scientists in low- and middle-income countries.

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Fostering Talent

We are engaged in an array of education projects around the world and provide talented young individuals with support such as scholarships.

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First experiments

Boredom? That's so yesterday!
As part of SPARK, our global volunteer program, employees from our Life Science business sector share their skills and experience with students. Under this initiative, in 2018 our Life Science business ran its second year-long Curiosity Cube™ tour across North America. Consisting of a retrofitted mobile science lab, the Curiosity Cube™ provides a learning environment that immerses visitors of all ages in specific science topics through hands-on experiments and state-of-the-art technology. 
Traveling more than 30,000 kilometers throughout North America the tour focused on schools with underprivileged students, which accounted for 94% of the facilities visited.In total more than 66,000 students in 108 communities were engaged. In 2018, more than 2,800 employees across the globe volunteered over 19,000 hours to support SPARK.

Discover our Projects Worldwide!

Music connects people – beyond cultures and borders. To share this experience with as many people as possible, the Deutsche Philharmonie sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is giving concerts all over the world.

Stefan Reinhardt

Director, Deutsche Philharmonie sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


Classical music has a very long tradition at our company. The Deutsche Philharmonie sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is our musical ambassador. In 2018 alone, approximately 31,000 people attended their concerts. The orchestra regularly goes on international concert tours. In 2018, the Deutsche Philharmonie sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany gave its 30th charity concert, raising a total of € 50,000. Via the “Echo hilft!” initiative, the proceeds went to help five community projects in the Darmstadt area.

Science put into new words

Literature gives people food for thought. It motivates and inspires, and can even stimulate scientific and social change. As a forward-looking science and technology company, we seek to leverage this potential, for culture can make people more receptive to new research while also increasing its visibility. This is why we award or support five literary prizes around the world. These awards particularly recognize authors who build bridges between cultures, as well as between science and literature.


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