Current Research Projects

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

Seven years ago, Astragalus exscapus, the stalkless tragacanth, which today only occurs in the Valais in Switzerland in a few, sometimes…

The basic atmosphere of imagination

Torsten Arncken

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

Further development of fluorescence excitation spectroscopy

Matthias Rang & Peter Stolz

In Goethean science there is the 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 will be presenting a new…

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…