As an institution in the Gerda and Klaus Tschira Foundation, Wilhelm Ostwald Park belongs to a collaborative network embracing cooperation in the areas of museums, science and heritage conservation.
One of our goals is to maintain close dialogue between the archive in Wilhelm Ostwald Park and the archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Much of Wilhelm Ostwald’s estate is preserved there, including his extensive correspondence with diverse scientists and scholars of his time. It includes about 60,000 original letters and a wide variety of documents.
Since 2017, the Gerda and Klaus Tschira Foundation has been involved in ‘Jugend forscht’, a regional competition for young scientists in north-west Saxony and Leipzig. It is also one of the organizers of ‘Leipzig macht MINT’, a three-day event comprising workshops and competitions in the STEM subjects launched by Leipzig University.
The Gerda and Klaus Tschira Foundation collaborates with almaLab, Leipzig University’s research centre for school students. Every year, the foundation invites talented youngsters from secondary schools to attend an extracurricular programme at Wilhelm Ostwald Park. The project aims to arouse participants’ interest in working in STEM professions and to nurture their special talent.
In 2018, Wilhelm Ostwald Park began working with Geopark Porphyrland, also known as Saxony’s Stone Kingdom. As well as pooling our knowledge and experience by setting up joint nature studies activities, above all we intend to interest young people in science. The projects for pupils of all ages focus on nature conservation, environmental education, and the preservation and sustainable use of the region’s geological heritage.