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The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Securing Anthroposophical Medicine: European Research Initiative ESCAMP

Photo: C. Fischer

ESCAMP (European Scientific Cooperative on Anthroposophic Medicinal Products), established in 2010 in Freiburg, is dedicated to achieving long-term regulatory approval for anthroposophical medicines in Europe and worldwide. Here, doctors and scientists from seven European countries work together. Since 2016, they have been carrying out research projects in three areas: in addition to scientific publications on the unique holistic approach of anthroposophical medicines, they also prepare metanalyses of the effectiveness and safety of such treatments. In addition, the research team also creates drug monographs for regulatory purposes. These documents provide scientific evidence regarding selected, exemplary anthroposophical medicines and are intended to provide a scientifically-founded basis for long-term European regulatory approval.

“In order to secure the political and legal future of anthroposophical medicine, a stable scientific foundation is absolutely essential,” emphasized Silvia Eller of the Software AG Foundation, who served as the project manager for three years. “In particular, the intensive work on drug monographs has been a decisive step for creating and establishing high qualitative standards for anthroposophical medicines.” Sandra Würtenberger, who is now managing the project in its current grant period, also noted: “The researchers at ESCAMP have been able to demonstrate that they are working towards their goals with great scientific precision and care. We support their work to maintain and expand anthroposophical medicine as an important element of integrative medicine.”

Fresh from the field, onto the cafeteria table: students at the University of Witten/Herdecke are planting basic vegetables for community consumption. The project is a part of the comprehensive concept for a developmental community for holistic education at Annener Berg.

Freely-accessible seed instead of increasing privatization and parenting – this is the idea promoted by OpenSourceSeeds, based in Marburg, Germany, who have developed an open-source license for seeds.

Since 2013, the Mäander youth home in Potsdam, near Berlin, has been providing a protected environment for young people suffering from psychological illness or experiencing serious crisis situations. With support, they learn how to independently manage the challenges of daily life. The therapeutic residence emphasizes community experiences, daily structure, and meaningful work in the house, garden, or workshop. In this interview, Sebastian Sieboldt discusses the beginnings, goals, and challenges...

A nature-based kindergarten in the idyllic landscape of Lassaner Winkel: this vision became a reality at the start of 2018, thanks to an engaged group of teachers and parents.