Science and research are not ends in themselves. Research should not stand on its own, only available to other researchers. Rather, universities must share this knowledge and take responsibility for its application. We must translate scientific findings into practical recommendations that allow businesses and society to use these insights.
At the same time, this should not be a one-way street, with knowledge only flowing outward from universities. Great research should be current and relevant, and universities must seek outside input and learn from societal actors.
We believe that the relationship between society and our institute should be a reciprocal and meaningful relationship in which both sides actively contribute. We summarize this attitude under the term "Third Mission."