• Christoph Kniel

Stiftung Mercator's partner organizations

Achieving systemic impact through new institutions

We select the project type that we believe will be best suited to achieving the project objective in question. In some cases it may make sense to set up partner organizations in order to achieve the greatest possible systemic impact. We use different partners, structures and framework conditions to establish this particular form of long-term commitment to a project.

The key question is whether a partner organization will be able to fill a gap, and whether the requisite institutional expertise would not otherwise be available. Furthermore, partner organizations have the advantage of being able to focus on specific content and to work independently and flexibly. At the same time, they can make use of the experience of Stiftung Mercator and, if applicable, of other partners. We believe in cooperation in this context too, recruiting other partners wherever possible to found and support partner organizations.

At present, eleven partner organizations are working with us to achieve our objectives in our thematic clusters of Europe, Integration, Climate Change and Cultural Education.



Making the energy transition a success

Politicians in Germany have set themselves the ambitious goal of restructuring the energy sector and moving from coal-based and nuclear power to wind and solar energy. The Agora Energiewende illustrates possible ways of achieving this.

A successful transport transition is possible – if everyone works together.

The 2050 targets laid down in the Paris Agreement are ambitious. If Germany wishes to achieve these targets, a radical transition will be required – above all in the transport sector, which has been neglected for too long. The Agora Verkehrswende initiative will set in motion the necessary discourse in society.

Expanding knowledge about China at German schools

The subject of China is rarely addressed at German schools and only few pupils learn Chinese or take part in student exchanges. The Bildungsnetzwerk China intends to support schools in developing and expanding knowledge relating to China with a view to strengthening relations with China and German-Chinese exchange.

Facts about the energy transition

Journalists often have to work to tight deadlines. To make sure that the quality of reporting on the complex subject of the energy transition does not suffer as a result, Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) supports media representatives by supplying them with reliable information.

Bringing young people together, promoting friendship

The German-Turkish Youth Bridge aims to intensify exchange between young people from Germany and Turkey with a view to strengthening relations between the two countries in the long term.

The path to a European perspective on China

The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) paints a realistic picture of China in Germany as a way of providing key information to politics, business and society.

Consolidating strengths in science

The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) promotes ambitious research projects and individuals aimed at driving forward cooperation between the universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen.

New prospects for the planet

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) is searching for practicable ways of using global resources sustainably – with a view to limiting climate change and controlling its consequences.

Language, the key to education

The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education plans to bring about lasting improvements in language training in schools.

Cultural education for all

The Council for Cultural Education wishes to raise the quality and status of art, music, literature, dance and theatre in everyday life and make them accessible to as many people as possible.

RuhrFutur – a changing education landscape

RuhrFutur aims to combine and consolidate the strengths of many different educational partners in the Ruhr region – with a view to achieving equal opportunities in education.

The voice of science on the subject of immigration

Through its Annual Report, the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) makes sure that politicians are provided with a sound basis for taking decisions on the subject of migration – and that the issue is debated more objectively in society.