Science & Research
The most important specialist field among the projects sponsored in the area of science and research is that of forest sciences. At present, more than 80 projects are being supported across the world – from Greenland to China. An important partner is the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg where, thanks to the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation, there is an endowed professorship of forest history. “In this area we not only look back, but also address very topical subjects”, explains Robert Mayr. For example, the exceptional research work of young scientists is recognized by the biennial German Forest Science Prize. New in the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation’s portfolio are the endowed professorship of Forest Genetics as well as the Eva Mayr-Stihl professorship for Cross-scale material characterization at the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) at Freiburg University.
One of the great concerns of the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation is to enable physicians, researchers and scientists to devote their attention to further advances in modern medicine. The focus of sponsorship in this case is on the Klinikum Stuttgart. The training of young staff has been supported for many years, a liver center and the center for lung medicine were set up and the “Stuttgart Cancer Center (SCC) –Eva Mayr-Stihl Tumor Center” was established. The latter serves to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of information among specialists to the benefit of more than 11,000 patients annually. The foundation has already signaled its support to the Klinikum for the coming years. “There are still more areas where we can work together to make a difference”, says Eva Mayr-Stihl. Example: A research center for mucoviscidosis and the requisite respiratory equipment is to be set up. Furthermore, it is the wish of the physicians to push ahead with research into individualized precision medicine for the treatment of tumor patients.
Art & Culture
In the area of art and culture the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation supports only carefully selected projects, predominantly in Waiblingen and Stuttgart. The Galerie Stihl Waiblingen, the “Pavilion for Waiblingen” by Ólafur Elíasson, the sundial by Tobias Rehberger, the roundabout sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol – the list of the works of art the foundation has initiated and financed for Waiblingen in the past few years could be continued. As to whether the idea is to give Waiblingen citizens works of art by world famous artists or make them accessible in the Galerie: “Our aim is to make art available to everyone. It is an enrichment and pleasure to be enjoyed by all, regardless of age or background”, say the patrons. There are also selected projects in Stuttgart such as support for the large exhibitions in the State Museum Stuttgart, the Hugo Wolf Academy’s International Art Song Competition and other individual projects of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.