»There’s much I know: yet I’d know everything.«
J. W. von Goethe
Our craving for knowledge continually presents us with new challenges. Sometimes, in order to make headway, one needs assistance. The Helmut Fischer Foundation therefore sponsors scientific works in the MINT disciplines, especially the areas of physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and medical technology. The Foundation awards grants for developing innovative measuring methods and supports programs for ensuring and improving quality knowledge.
Together with 12 other organizations and the Technology Foundation Berlin, the Helmut Fischer Foundation has initiated and sponsored a professorship in "Analytical X-ray Physics" at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2009, the German physicist Prof. Dr. Birgit Kanngießer was appointed to this chair. The innovative sponsorship model runs until the year 2017.
At the Technical University in Ilmenau, in cooperation with other SMEs and the Central Association for Surface Technology (ZVO), another endowed professorship was called into being by the Helmut Fischer Foundation. This sponsored chair for "Electrochemistry and Electroplating Technology" has been held since 2010 by Prof. Dr. Andreas Bund.
Changing perspectives, turning ideas into reality: sponsoring the development of next-generation scientists, the Helmut Fischer Foundation has granted several doctoral fellowships based at several different institutions. All the fellows remain in close contact with the Foundation, not only receiving direct support but also profiting from the expertise of the Fischer enterprise.
Discovering and fostering talent: The Helmut Fischer Foundation has taken on the challenge of sponsoring and mentoring gifted students who are still in the early stages of their careers. The Foundation works with a variety of institutions across Germany, sponsoring interested young scientists at both the Bachelor's and the Master's levels.