The Rising Picture Method as Basic Research for a Better Understanding of Herbal Medicines

One hundred years ago, in 1923, Lily Kolisko (1889–1976) began the task set by Rudolf Steiner at the Biological Institute of the Goetheanum based in…

Differentiating the Effects of Coloured Light on Plants

Torsten Arncken

In 2021 I started a research project in which I illuminate plants with four different spectra, namely with increased proportions of…

Hortus Officinarum – Breeding of a Wilt-Tolerant St. John's Wort Variety for Organic Cultivation

Ruth Richter

With the increasing demand for and cultivation of St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), infestation by St. John's wilt (Colletotrichum…

Re-Approval and Renewed Production of the ISOREL® Mistletoe Preparation

Harald Kreisl

In the past 10 years, great and courageous efforts have been made to actualize the relaunch of ISOREL®, which has been approved since…

Goethe Garden and Pedagogy

João Felipe Toni

Eleven participants from grade 12 were present for the in-depth course, "Goethe Garden", at the Rudolf Steiner School in Wetzikon.…

The Joys and Pitfalls of Bee Research

Johannes Wirz

In the past working year I was busy with three different projects, all of which, at their core, have to do with the survival of bee…

Further Development of Fluorescence Excitation Spectroscopy

Philipp Bokatius, Gudrun Mende, Matthias Rang & Peter Stolz

Project Status after the Third Project Year

In the course of the year, after numerous…

An Experiment on the Earth's Thermal Radiation

Matthias Rang

Report on the Weather Balloon Launch on 29 April 2022

As part of the "Working Days for Physicists and Physics Teachers", a weather…

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Goetheanism and Medicine – In Search of the Lost Context

Ruth Richter

What is the contribution of Goetheanism to the future of medicine? This question – at the interface between the Medical and Natural…

Goethe Garden and Botany at the Rudolf Steiner School, Zürcher Oberland, Wetzikon ZH

João Felipe Toni

My name is João Felipe Toni. I am a biologist and educator with a Master’s degree in Botany and Ecology from the University of…

Readiness Potential (RP) and Intentional Movement Reference

Carolin Schürer, Tiffany Huber, Siegward M. Elsas & Matthias Rang

The project on brain physiology and freedom of will could be continued and…

Communicating about Bees – Following the Example of the Bee

Johannes Wirz

An important form of communication in the beehive is the so-called “waggle dance”. With them, forager bees indicate to their sisters…

Further Development of Fluorescence Excitation Spectroscopy

Philipp Bokatius, Gudrun Mende, Matthias Rang & Peter Stolz

Project status after the second project year

Fluorescence excitation spectroscopy was…

Effects of Different Colour Spectra on Plant Growth

Torsten Arncken

In the following, I would like to present a project that was begun in 2021:
With LED technology it is possible to emphasize different…

Further development of fluorescence excitation spectroscopy

Philipp Bokatius, Gudrun Mende, Matthias Rang & Peter Stolz

Project status after the project's first year

The research project, which started as a…

Free will and brain physiology

Carolin Schürer, Tiffany Huber, Siegward M. Elsas & Matthias Rang

Neurophysiological research today is increasingly in search of an empirical…

Traditional medicinal plant with current potential

Ruth Richter

A joint project with Artemisia annua.

The Chinese medicinal plant Artemisia annua has been successfully used for centuries to treat…

From words to new realities

Torsten Arncken

Anthroposophy is a science that begins with the word. Through Rudolf Steiner's words we first get to know spiritual-scientific…

Progress in the research and pedagogy of Goethean botany

João Felipe Ginefra Toni

In collaboration with Dr Louis Ronse De Craene (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) and with a group of Chinese researchers from…

A theme with variations

Johannes Wirz

For years, my everyday work at the Research Institute has been characterised by projects, (too) many seminars, a lot of paperwork and…

Tamed steppe plant

Ruth Richter

Astragalus exscapus, the stalkless tragacanth, which is only found today in the Valais in Switzerland in a few sometimes very small…

The basic atmosphere of imagination

Torsten Arncken

In books for the training of supernatural knowledge, Rudolf Steiner describes two fundamentally different approaches. One is the…

Further development of fluorescence excitation spectroscopy

Matthias Rang & Peter Stolz

In Goethean science there is a distinction between organic and inorganic science which goes back to Goethe and was…

Goethe Garden, flower morphology and pedagogy

João Felipe Ginefra Toni

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe came to Weimar in 1775. After he had moved into his new home just outside the city in the…

Climate change and agriculture

Lin Bautze & Ueli Hurter

This article is a slightly abridged version of the dialogue article from Newsletter No 116 of the Section for Agriculture…

Exhibits on Goethe's theory of colours in the Bundekunsthalle Bonn

Johannes Grebe-Ellis

Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the "West-Eastern Divan", the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn presented a new exhibition…

Medicinal plants – biodynamic seed line maintenance and breeding

Ruth Richter

Here we are referring to a knowledge transfer interface at which the scientific attitude to knowledge actually contributes towards…

Rhythmic changes in shape of mistletoe berries connected with moon-zodiacal constellations

Renatus Derbidge

In a modest cottage in the village of Strontian (the element Strontium was discovered nearby and named after the place) in the…

The anthroposophical rationale of medicinal plants and of plants used in cosmetics

Torsten Arncken

Rudolf Steiner developed "Cinis capsella comp" an alchemical preparation for treating wounds which contains three plant species. We…

Non-Mendelian inheritance

Johannes Wirz

Goethe's theory of the living world postulates anong other things that inheritance is not a cause but a consequence of life processes.…

Understanding quantum physics

Johannes Kühl

Twentieth-century physics has produced some astonishing discoveries that make thinking about its models confusing. In classical terms,…

Emission and absorption phenomena

Matthias Rang, Jiri Arion Rose and Johannes Kühl

A supplementary project to the project "Understanding quantum physics". Next to the photo effect,…

Improving the health of bees by using plant extracts

Johannes Wirz

In all parts of the world, people are trying with all available means to improve the situation for honey bees. But in doing so,…

The Falling Leaves Project

Laura Liska

«To be able to perceive how with the yellowing of the leaves there is a descent of the springing and sprouting life, but how the…