Why Curiosity?

Why Curiosity?

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Closing the Gap between Today and Tomorrow

We believe that curiosity is the driving force behind human progress and development. And while the future poses many challenges and uncertainties, we're convinced that curiosity can help mankind navigate its unchartered terrain with confidence and optimism. Discover more about the four dimensions of curiosity and how leaving your comfort zone from time to time can provide answers to questions that have yet to be asked!

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Curious about the Future

We humans are certainly not the only curious species on the planet but we have made the most of our curiosity. Thanks to technical and medical progress, we have more possibilities today than any generation before us. Curiosity was and is our energy of change.

But not all of us pursue our curiosity to the same extent. And we don’t all have the opportunity to be curious. Our interest in this topic extends beyond the boundaries of our company. In 2015 through 2016, we surveyed over 3,000 workers from China, Germany, and the United States to measure respondents’ curiosity levels at work. Our survey revealed a number of surprising insights, which we later published in our 2016 State of Curiosity Report.

For example, 80% of workers agree that curious colleagues are most likely to bring ideas to life, yet only 20% of workers actually self-identify as curious. This outcome poses interesting questions: if curiosity is the nucleus of innovation, how can we retain our natural curiosity on a daily basis and give it room to develop?

Setting out to answer these questions, we worked with a group of experts to take a closer look at the topic by means of exciting content and engaging discussions. What can curiosity achieve? How does innovation develop from curiosity and how do curiosity and a passion for discovery contribute to solving future challenges? As our ongoing exploration into the topic continues, we’ll share our findings right here on the Curiosity Hub. Now that you’re here, why not test your own personal level of curiosity with our interactive self-test feature?

We see ourselves as belonging to the curious species – and have done since 1668. As a vibrant science and technology company, we promote a culture of being passionate about discovery – this is our contribution to shaping a better future and results in a wide variety of solutions. Some of these solutions change life, some prolong it, while others are found in everyday objects that we couldn’t imagine life without. From cancer therapies to laboratory technology and liquid crystals in smartphones – behind all of these solutions lies the same driving force: the scientific curiosity of our employees. We are curious about the future of curiosity. And you?

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Dr. Stefan Oschmann
Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Curiosity is our driving force

Curiosity has already brought us far. For example, to the orbit of Jupiter, and that just 59 years after Sputnik became the first satellite to circle the Earth. Technological progress over time can appear exponential, especially when viewed in retrospect. Have we now reached the limits? Will intelligent machines be the masters of our future? Has human curiosity become obsolete?


Quite to the contrary: In my opinion, we can dare to be even more curious. That is what is required of us to properly grasp technical progress and to actively and responsibly shape our future. We need the curiosity to research throughout all areas of society. The mere fact that there are now seven billion humans presents us, and all the creatures with which we share this planet, with great challenges.


We love challenges at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and we too can look back on a history rich in curiosity and innovation. In 1668, Friedrich Jacob Merck laid the foundation for our company. Our development has progressed apace ever since. You can now find our ideas everywhere, such as in the liquid crystals in your display. The curiosity and persistence of our researchers are also to thank for the fact that the “seemingly living crystals” discovered by chance in 1888 have now become a technology that has forever transformed our daily lives. When you look at photos of the Jupiter probe Juno on your smartphone, you are most likely doing so with the help of our liquid crystals.


Through intensive research and development in our business sectors of Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials, we are doing our part to meet the challenges of the future. Over 50,000 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany employees worldwide are working on technologies for a better life – driven by curiosity. We intend to continue down this path. I would be delighted for you to accompany us.


Yours, 

Stefan Oschmann 

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Curiosity Council

Curiosity doesn't happen by chance. It requires inquisitive minds and a willingness to explore. To help guide us down this exciting path, we’ve teamed up with a panel of experts renowned for their pioneering work in the field of curiosity.

Dr. Todd Kashdan

Dr. Todd Kashdan

Ph.D. in clinical psychology, professor, lecturer, scientist and researcher. Todd Kashdan's mission is to increase people's quality of life. He has written numerous articles and books on the topics of curiosity, positive psychology, awareness, emotional imbalances and social agility.
Dr. Carl Naughton

Dr. Carl Naughton

MA in German language studies, romance studies and theatre education. Ph.D. in linguistics and educational sciences. Carl Naughton is a German/English author, lecturer and speaker. For over ten years he researched and taught at the University of Cologne in educational psychology while working as a consultant. He wrote books about thinking abilities, curiosity and communication. Together with Andreas Steinle he recently published the critically acclaimed study "Curiosity Management - fuel for innovation".
Andreas Steinle

Andreas Steinle

Master of social and economic communication, CEO of The Future Institute Workshop GmbH in Frankfurt. Andreas Steinle is a communications consultant with a forward-looking approach. Speaking regularly at international conferences, he advises both national and international organizations regarding change management and innovation processes.
Dr. Kunlin Wei

Dr. Kunlin Wei

Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences at Peking University, China. Dr. Wei obtained his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (motor control) in 2007 from Pennsylvania State University, USA. Dr. Wei is also a well-known television personality across China, having served as a judge in the award winning television show "The Super Brain" and his social media in China boasts over 3.5 million followers. In 2014, he was voted one to the "Top 10 Young Leaders in China" by one of the most influential national newspapers in the country.

A Global Curiosity Network

To help amplify our curiosity message, we’re forging ongoing partnerships with science and technology-based opinion leaders in various countries across the globe. In close cooperation with the Curiosity Council, they’ll help us to define and co-create measures for the #catchcurious initiative.

Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Dr. Pechstein is a consultant, design thinking coach, and neuroscientist. Founder of the innovation agency phi360 he’s also a director of the Biomimicry Germany think tank – providing businesses and organizations with guidance and consulting for change and transformation processes.

Sérgio Timerman

Sérgio Timerman is a medical school graduate (Faculdade de Medicina da Fundação Universitária do ABC, Santo André, São Paulo) and is certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and emergency and critical care medicine. He is an active member of numerous national and international medical societies and is also vice president of the Brazilian Emergency Medicine Society.

Nae-Sung Park

Following a 25-year stint at Samsung Electronics and R&D, Nae-Sung Park is now a management consultant at architecture and interior specialists HouzePro. He is also an active member of the Light Love Gathering – an organization of leading professionals in the LED industry.

Diego Paladini

Together with his wife Dafne, Diego Paladini runs the YouTube channel "Saúde na Rotina" (health in routine), providing audiences with information about food and training performance.

Jakob Futorjanski

Having earned a degree in business science and a master in business finance, Jakob Futorjanski started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory before moving on to Rocket Internet. Since 2012 he, together with Rojahn Ahmadi, has headed NeuroNation.com – Scientific Brain Training, a company developing digital courses which have increased the learning abilities of over 10 million users worldwide.

Samuel Cunha

Samuel Cunha is a biologist with a master in parasitology. His YouTube channel "Biologia com Samuel Cunha" showcases the biological functions of the body and explains the development of a wide range of different diseases.

Young-Joon Lee

Young-Joon Lee currently works as a research assistant professor of medical education at Yonsei University College of Medicine. 

Graciele Teixeira

With a degree in psychology from UNIP, Graciele Teixeira also holds a postgraduate qualification in psychopathology and contemporary psychosomatic.

Dong-Seon Chang

A neuroscientist and enthusiastic science slammer, Dr. Dong-Seon Chang is also an accomplished author having written a book on the human brain and the effects of self-awareness.

So-Yong Eom

A psychology research professor at Yonsei University, So-Yong Eom is particularly interested in the findings of the Curiosity initiative. As a clinical psychologist, she concentrates chiefly on the psychological comorbidities of chronic illness while also working in the field of neuropsychological therapeutic intervention. 

Rogério Gozzi

A physiotherapist specializing in the physiology and biomechanics of the locomotor system at USP, his YouTube channel, "Anatomia com Rogério Gozzi", describes the human body and presents its most important functions.

Dr. Sybe Izaak Rispens

Passionately curious about natural sciences and humanities, Dr. Sybe Izaak Rispens is a trained engineer and philosopher who has studied the topic of artificial intelligence. Heading up an institute for science and technology, he’s also a certified IT security consultant. Dr. Rispens currently lives in Berlin together with his wife and daughter.

Min-Kyu Song

As principal engineer in TV display materials at Samsung’s Electronic CTO office and Visual Display Division, Min-Kyu Song scouts for innovation to discover and invest in tech start-ups and other interesting ventures. 

Natalia Reinecke

With her master of health sciences (UNIFESP), Natalia Reinecke is a physiotherapist currently pursuing a PhD in health sciences. As a professor for anatomy and physiology of the human body, she also runs a YouTube channel in which she explains the functions of the human body.

Jeremy Tai Abbett

Jeremy Tai Abbett is an American designer, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and former creative evangelist at Google. Voted as one of the 100 most influential people in the European digital industry, his mission is to elevate creativity in all its forms through inspiration, collaboration, and creation.

Tatiana Zanin

With a degree in nutrition and food sciences from the Catholic University of Santos (UniSantos), Tatiana Zanin is a specialist in clinical nutrition from the University of Porto, Portugal. She has ten years’ experience as a clinical nutritionist in Brazil and Portugal and is also a professor for food hygiene and safety. She also runs “Tua Saúde” – a website offering information and advice on healthcare and nutrition.

Ok-Jin Bae

Having worked as an IT journalist since 2008, Ok-Jin Bae was previously at the Technical Journal of The Digital Times before going on to specialize in journalism for display-based technologies at The Electronic Times.

Willian Rezende

A graduate in medicine from UFMG, with residency in neurology, Willian Rezende specializes in pain management at USP and is a neurology coordinator at Santa Helena hospital in São Paulo.

Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Dr. Pechstein is a consultant, design thinking coach, and neuroscientist. Founder of the innovation agency phi360 he’s also a director of the Biomimicry Germany think tank – providing businesses and organizations with guidance and consulting for change and transformation processes.

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Sérgio Timerman

Sérgio Timerman is a medical school graduate (Faculdade de Medicina da Fundação Universitária do ABC, Santo André, São Paulo) and is certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and emergency and critical care medicine. He is an active member of numerous national and international medical societies and is also vice president of the Brazilian Emergency Medicine Society.

Read more

Nae-Sung Park

Following a 25-year stint at Samsung Electronics and R&D, Nae-Sung Park is now a management consultant at architecture and interior specialists HouzePro. He is also an active member of the Light Love Gathering – an organization of leading professionals in the LED industry.

Read more

Diego Paladini

Together with his wife Dafne, Diego Paladini runs the YouTube channel "Saúde na Rotina" (health in routine), providing audiences with information about food and training performance.

Read more

Jakob Futorjanski

Having earned a degree in business science and a master in business finance, Jakob Futorjanski started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory before moving on to Rocket Internet. Since 2012 he, together with Rojahn Ahmadi, has headed NeuroNation.com – Scientific Brain Training, a company developing digital courses which have increased the learning abilities of over 10 million users worldwide.

Read more

Samuel Cunha

Samuel Cunha is a biologist with a master in parasitology. His YouTube channel "Biologia com Samuel Cunha" showcases the biological functions of the body and explains the development of a wide range of different diseases.

Read more

Young-Joon Lee

Young-Joon Lee currently works as a research assistant professor of medical education at Yonsei University College of Medicine. 

Read more

Graciele Teixeira

With a degree in psychology from UNIP, Graciele Teixeira also holds a postgraduate qualification in psychopathology and contemporary psychosomatic.

Read more

Dong-Seon Chang

A neuroscientist and enthusiastic science slammer, Dr. Dong-Seon Chang is also an accomplished author having written a book on the human brain and the effects of self-awareness.

Read more

So-Yong Eom

A psychology research professor at Yonsei University, So-Yong Eom is particularly interested in the findings of the Curiosity initiative. As a clinical psychologist, she concentrates chiefly on the psychological comorbidities of chronic illness while also working in the field of neuropsychological therapeutic intervention. 

Read more

Rogério Gozzi

A physiotherapist specializing in the physiology and biomechanics of the locomotor system at USP, his YouTube channel, "Anatomia com Rogério Gozzi", describes the human body and presents its most important functions.

Read more

Dr. Sybe Izaak Rispens

Passionately curious about natural sciences and humanities, Dr. Sybe Izaak Rispens is a trained engineer and philosopher who has studied the topic of artificial intelligence. Heading up an institute for science and technology, he’s also a certified IT security consultant. Dr. Rispens currently lives in Berlin together with his wife and daughter.

Read more

Min-Kyu Song

As principal engineer in TV display materials at Samsung’s Electronic CTO office and Visual Display Division, Min-Kyu Song scouts for innovation to discover and invest in tech start-ups and other interesting ventures. 

Read more

Natalia Reinecke

With her master of health sciences (UNIFESP), Natalia Reinecke is a physiotherapist currently pursuing a PhD in health sciences. As a professor for anatomy and physiology of the human body, she also runs a YouTube channel in which she explains the functions of the human body.

Read more

Jeremy Tai Abbett

Jeremy Tai Abbett is an American designer, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and former creative evangelist at Google. Voted as one of the 100 most influential people in the European digital industry, his mission is to elevate creativity in all its forms through inspiration, collaboration, and creation.

Read more

Tatiana Zanin

With a degree in nutrition and food sciences from the Catholic University of Santos (UniSantos), Tatiana Zanin is a specialist in clinical nutrition from the University of Porto, Portugal. She has ten years’ experience as a clinical nutritionist in Brazil and Portugal and is also a professor for food hygiene and safety. She also runs “Tua Saúde” – a website offering information and advice on healthcare and nutrition.

Read more

Ok-Jin Bae

Having worked as an IT journalist since 2008, Ok-Jin Bae was previously at the Technical Journal of The Digital Times before going on to specialize in journalism for display-based technologies at The Electronic Times.

Read more

Willian Rezende

A graduate in medicine from UFMG, with residency in neurology, Willian Rezende specializes in pain management at USP and is a neurology coordinator at Santa Helena hospital in São Paulo.

Read more

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