Harding Center for Risk Literacy

In April of 2009, the Harding Center for Risk Literacy was founded at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. The center envisions a society of informed citizens who are competent enough to deal with the risks of a modern technological world.

How do I make decisions in our modern, technological world? Should I have a vaccination or not? Is it safer to travel by car or by plane? Are early-detection screening tests for cancer useful, or can they cause harm?

Questions like these are the research focus of a team of 6 scientists led by Professor Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy. The researchers will conduct studies and experiments and carry out surveys in the general population. Their findings shall aid in assessing risks competently and correctly Furthermore, the Center will offer special further training seminars for physicians as well as for journalists.

Established through a € 2.2 million gift from the London Global Investment Manager David Harding, the center will fund research conducted by Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer. The Max Planck Society, in return, will provide the entire infrastructure.


Gerd Gigerenzer
sekgigerenzer [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de