Gregor Hagedorn

"Where will the future lead us?"

Supporter of the call by Scientists for Future in Berlin and Brandenburg for the referendum "Berlin 2030 climate neutral"‍
Part of the Goodfuture Think & Do Tank


Dr. Gregor Hagedorn
Museum for Natural History - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research
Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin‍

The question of where the future will lead us is misleading. Despite the limitations of our skills, talents and influence, it is we who will lead the future. Especially as scientists, we are obliged to use our specific skills as well as our values, creativity and compassion to create a sustainable future for all children and grandchildren.

After studying botany, zoology, microbiology and biomathematics in Tübingen and Duke University and completing my doctorate in Bayreuth, I originally specialized in interdisciplinary research between biodiversity and computer science. My guiding question was: How can we stop the current destruction of our natural resources and biodiversity?

Since 2016, my research interest has shifted to how scientists can contribute to a sustainable future. As a framework for this, I use the "donut" concept which links planetary boundaries (such as biodiversity loss, land-use change, N+P cycles or climate change) with human social goals. Specifically, I examine the role of science, scientists and science communication. What are the social, political and psychological factors that drive or hinder the transition to sustainability? How are the current crises, including the climate and biodiversity crises, connected and what are the common causes and solutions?

In February 2019, I initiated Scientists for Future (S4F) which published a scientific statement on the Fridays for Future movement supported by over 26800 colleagues (Hagedorn et al., GAIA 2019) and an international letter (Hagedorn et al., Science 2019). S4F is a non-institutional, non-partisan, interdisciplinary association of scientists who are committed to a sustainable future and to inter- and transdisciplinary science communication.

My motto is:
Whether we as scientists remain silent or speak out: Both are political.