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The recording of the award ceremony for the Reinhard Mohn Prize on October 28, 2021. Dedicated to the topic "Fostering Innovation. Unlocking Potential," the 2020 prize has been given to Nechemia ("Chemi") Peres.

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Innovations have always been the engine of society. The more innovations are created, the more they are promoted, the better and faster we develop. If we want to continue to live well in the future, we must create the conditions for this now. Let’s shape the future together.

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As an entrepreneur, Nechemia Peres embodies the idea behind the "startup nation" of Israel, and as chair of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, he shows us the way forward in making innovation serve as a lever for societal progress. He is a role model and inspiration - a portrait.

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A cross-national study conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in leading industrialized nations highlights good practices in implementing a successful innovation policy and strategies for (re)vitalizing Germany and Europe's innovative strength.

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Innovation is crucial to prosperity, and to solving the urgent societal problems of our time. However, Germany needs more innovative capacity if it wants to continue to keep pace with other countries and regions across the globe – particularly with regard to cutting-edge technologies.

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Are people in Europe rather positive or negative towards innovation? What do they think about expanding European cooperation on innovation? In their opinion, which technology areas deserve particular attention? Our infographics provide further insight.

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When it comes to world-class patents in important cutting-edge technologies, the United States still occupies the leading position in almost every field. But China is catching up fast or has already overtaken the United States in some areas thanks to its much greater dynamic. This is the central finding of our new study on the development of national and regional portfolios of patents in cutting-edge technologies since 2000.