Opinion & Debate

“Doubt is the father of invention” is a saying that has been attributed to Galileo Galilei. Constructive doubt and critical questioning are the activities that make innovations possible. And both of them require open exchange of ideas. Here you can find controvertial debates and incisive commentaries.

The circular economy

Closing the circle

Lauren Kjeldsen is promoting circularity at Evonik. The ultimate aim is to create a fully functioning circular economy that works without fossil fuels.


Pathways to the circular economy

Bernhard Bauske and Ingo Sartorius discuss the steps that are needed for the optimal recycling of plastic.

Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein


How to succeed at sustainable agriculture

Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein explains the steps to make organic farming possible.


Expensive health?

Nathalie Moll and Dr. Carlos María Correa debate the question of which factors should determine the prices charged for innovative drugs.

Economic policy

Coronavirus crisis as an opportunity

Evonik CEO Christian Kullmann is calling for a comprehensive Sustainable Future Deal.

Küsthardt Kolumne


More entrepreneurial spirit!

Chief Innovation Officer Ulrich Küsthardt calls for a stronger startup culture in companies.


The state of Germany's economy

Praise and criticism: A US and a French economist talk about Germany as an industrial location.

Interview with ESA Director General

How we benefit from space travel

Jan Wörner on the race for space, eco-friendly fuels—and the inspirational power of space travel.

Christian Kullmann

Coal exit

Christian Kullmann on the energy transition

Evonik Industries CEO Christian Kullmann takes a stand regarding a major political project.

The(is) Future

Digital commuters

Virtual reality is being introduced into the world of work. Foresight manager Björn Theis uses eXp Realty to explain what will change as a result.

Climate Change

More efficiency for climate protection

Despite many setbacks, an increase in energy efficiency is still the most viable way to limit the effects of global warming.

Renewable sources of energy

How to Connect Sectors

In the future, heating, mobility, and electricity must be linked more closely together—with chemistry playing a key role.

Christian Kullmann, Evonik-CEO

Climate protection

Innovations instead of restrictions

Evonik CEO Christian Kullmann is counting on the power of innovation to tackle the challenge of climate change.

The(is) Future

Short trips into the future

Foresight-Manager Björn Theis about disruptive technologies, visionaries, and places where the future is being “made”.


Digitalization harbors many opportunities

His carrer has been a mix of mobility and digitalization: Jens Monsees, the former Google executive who now heads digital strategy at BMW.

Fabiana Scapolo


EU: The key is to be close to the people

Fabiana Scapolo, the Deputy Head of the EU Policy Lab, explains the central challenges facing Europe.


Christian Kullmann on tax cuts

Christian Kullmann, CEO of Evonik Industries, urges European countries to harmonize corporate taxes.


Innovation culture

The basis for Singapore's success

Dr. Küsthardt, Evonik’s Chief Innovation Officer, analyzes Singapore’s success and the resulting opportunities for Germany.

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