Young people as the source of impetus and ideas: They are experts in their respective fields, international aspiring young scientists, founders, unconventional thinkers.
They succinctly and self-confidently outline their expectations of a better future and the Executive Board explains what Merck is doing in this respect.

SIMON CLARKis a PhD student in climate physics at the University of Exeter. His YouTube videos also mainly address topics in physics.

“Things only improve if there are people who have crazy ideas and try out something new.”

Stefan OschmannChairman of the Executive Board, CEO of Merck

“We are infinitely curious – and have been for 350 years. Many fresh, un­­conventional ideas and new approaches come from our in-house research. Additionally, we ­collaborate closely with start-ups and universities around the world.”

Creativity in Problem Solving with Simon Clark

Inés discusses creativity in problem solving with atmospheric physics PhD student and fellow YouTube blogger Simon Clark. From thinking laterally to questioning our assumptions, we find out what role creativity in problem solving can play in improving education and scientific research.

Samuel Cunhais a Brazilian parasitologist who shares his passion for biology with numerous followers on YouTube.

“To stay passionate, we always have to think of the future, of the potential result of our work.”

Belén GarijoMember of the Executive Board, CEO Healthcare

“Fueled by passion, we discover and develop new medicines to help patients and their families. What better purpose is there than improv­ing the quality of life around the world?”

Distress Tolerance with Samuel Cunha

Samuel is a Brazilian Biologist and Parasitologist who shares his passion for biology with thousands of fans on YouTube. In this episode Inés and Samuel discuss the topic of distress tolerance, focusing on the role engaged listening plays in making complex scientific processes accessible for wider audiences.

Jakob Futorjanskiis co-founder and CEO of NeuroNation, a Berlin-based start-up specialized in developing solutions for scientific mind mapping.

“Only if we know why we are doing something, can we master the great challenges of our time.”

Udit BatraMember of the Executive Board, CEO Life Science

“Our 350th anniversary is testament of what can be achieved if you have a clear goal, a learning mindset to constantly challenge your assumptions, and the courage to take the risk to redefine yourself.”

Inquisitiveness with Jakob Futorjanski

Meet Jakob Futorjanski: The co-founder and CEO of NeuroNation, a Berlin startup specializing in the development of solutions for scientific brain training. Inés and Jakob discuss how asking questions on a more regular basis can improve learning and our cognitive abilities.

Eva Amsenis a biochemist, writer and science communicator based in London.

“For scientists it is important to exchange ideas not only with their colleagues, but also with people from totally different fields – for example, with artists.”

Kai BeckmannMember of the Executive Board, CEO Performance Materials

“Diversity and intens­­ive exchanges across business and country borders are inspir­­ing. In the age of digitali­zation, this is easier than ever before. With our technologies, we will continue to make a key contribution to this.”

Inés Dawsonis a biologist, a PhD student at Oxford and a popular YouTube blogger.

“Research and creativity should go hand in hand, as not all problems have a clear solution.”

Marcus KuhnertMember of the Executive Board, Chief Financial Officer

“Creativity and curiosity are the key factors for innovation. To achieve good results, it’s impor­tant to provide researchers with the resources they need – and we do this at Merck. We invest based on robust clinical data and viable business cases.”

Simone Streyis a graduate-geographer and CEO of Peat, a start-up that is developing software solutions to make sustainable pest control in agriculture easier. The young company is working with our Innovation Center in Darmstadt.

“Handling our natural resources responsibly is becoming increasingly important.”

Walter GalinatMember of the Executive Board

“We want to help shape a future worth living. Re­sponsible actions in all areas are the foundation for our sustainable success. We place high prior­ity on the efficient use of resources – in both our production operations and our products.”