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Why

Vision

Our vision is a world in which all people on earth lead a healthy and fulfilling life and have access to medical care as well as art and culture.

This vision is our motivation to implement new and support existing projects that have a far-reaching impact in the fields of medicine and health, as well as arts and culture. The aspect of sustainability plays a major role in this respect.

Mission

In the field of medicine & health, we support humanitarian and innovative medical projects and initiatives throughout the world. We promote medical education, research and innovation. To this end, we collaborate with politics, industry and civil society. We constantly seek to improve the opportunities of people all over the world to live a long and healthy life.

In the field of arts & culture, we promote projects that particularly benefit children and young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. To this end, we collaborate with politics and cultural institutions. We enable people to participate in art and culture. We reduce inhibitions, encourage creativity and provide room for free development.

Together with our project partners, we aim to change social structures so as to ensure that all people can live a healthy life while having room for personal development, regardless of their origin and life situation.

 
Where From

The Origin

The Morpho Foundation was established in 2021 by Dres. Ingmar Hoerr, Sara Hoerr, Florian von der Mülbe and Kiriakoula Kapousouzi in Tübingen.

In the spring of 2021, Ingmar Hoerr, founder and longstanding CEO of CureVac AG, and his wife Sara, former spokeswoman of the Stuttgart State Opera, came up with the idea of establishing a non-profit foundation with the funding priorities of health and culture, drawing on their personal background and professional expertise. Their idea soon won over Florian von der Mülbe, co-founder of CureVac, and his wife Kiriakoula Kapousouzi, who had been working in the education sector for many years, with the couple joining them as founders.

The four founders share the conviction that all people across the globe should have equal opportunities to live a long,healthy and fulfilling life and that participation in art and culture is a human right and the prerequisite for developing a strong personality.

A reason to celebrate

The Morpho Foundation celebrated its first anniversary on June 24, 2022. Together with long-time companions, good friends and new project partners, the foundation team looks back on an eventful first year and confidently forward to future projects.

© Matthias Baus
© Matthias Baus

Particularly pleasing was the large number of guests with whom the foundation team was able not only to celebrate, but also to hold intensive discussions about future projects and innovative ideas.

© Matthias Baus

The highlight was the artiste Fola Dada with her band – her inspiring singing made the evening an unforgettable experience.

© Matthias Baus

The Name

Shaping and Changing

Our vision is a world in which all people on earth lead a healthy and fulfilling life and have access to medical care as well as art & culture.

This vision is the start and end point of all activities of the Morpho Foundation. Against this background, the Morpho Foundation seeks to shape and change society in the long term. The study of shaping – morphology – and the principle of change – metamorphosis – are two fundamental focus areas of the foundation.

Exchange and Collaboration

Bringing about social and structural change and shaping society cannot be realised in a vacuum. Just life “morpho” as a prefix cannot stand alone and always requires an addition to become a complete, meaningful word, the Morpho Foundation can and wants to always act in exchange and in collaboration with civil society, politics, industry and local partner organisations.

Hoerr and von der Mülbe

The Morpho Foundation thrives on its team and the people working in the foundation. The two founding families, Hoerr and von der Mülbe, developed the foundation’s goals together and the foundation’s purpose is a matter close to their hearts. They are personally involved in the fields of medicine & health as well as art & culture with their expertise and their network. This is why the initials of the two founding families are particularly highlighted in the foundation’s logo.

 

 

The Location

© Verkehrsverein Tübingen, photo: Barbara Honner

The Morpho Foundation is domiciled at the historical marketplace of the university city of Tübingen. Our foundation team currently consists of eight persons.

 
What

Event CHILDREN SINGING FOR CHILDREN

Advent singing on Tübingen's market square

More than 500 primary school children from eight primary schools in Tübingen have accepted the invitation to sing together on Tuesday, 13 December 2022 at 11 a.m. on Tübingen's market square and have since been preparing selected winter, Advent and Christmas carols together with their teachers.

With this event, the Morpho Foundation participates in the fundraising campaign "Digital Advent Calendar" of the Aktion Sahnehäubchen>, an initiative of Caritas Schwarzwald-Gäu, because for every registered primary school child, the Morpho Foundation donates 1 Euro.

With KINDER SINGEN FÜR KINDER, the Morpho Foundation first and foremost wants to draw attention to the Aktion Sahnehäubchen itself, because it has enabled disadvantaged children and teenagers to participate in art, sports and free time activities for 16 years now - a goal that is also close to the heart of the Morpho Foundation.

Support the Aktion Sahnehäubchen campaign by participating in the Morpho Foundation's Advent singing event - the more people sing together, the greater the attention! - or donate directly to Aktion Sahnehäubchen.

The Projects

IPE CKD & SAMRIDH – Training for Healthcare Professionals

The Indian health system has been strained immensely during the first Corona waves, which revealed quantitative and qualitative abuses. Almost every family had to mourn victims, many people of the caregivers were also affected due to lack of knowledge. A lack of skilled staff and knowledge of treatment and hygiene procedures has resulted in traumatising experiences.

© Olaf Krüger

The Morpho Foundation is supporting IPE CKD and its health division SAMRIDH to train 1200 health professionals. These include 200 doctors, 200 nurses, 250 paramedics and 350 community health workers (CHW) in over 15 cities and 10 states in India, who in turn are responsible for a large number of patients (1CHW=1000 patients).

© Olaf Krüger
© Olaf Krüger

These trainings aim to create sustainable protection that protects the lives of patients and the lives of those working in the health system, while ensuring high quality of care.

© Olaf Krüger

In collaboration with Wipro GE, in two-day trainings, knowledge is imparted on COVID-19, general medical issues, mental health, hygiene measures and management techniques. After the training, the acquired knowledge can be deepened and maintained via an online library.

© Olaf Krüger

In order to evaluate the level of knowledge and the learning success of the measures, pre- and post-tests are conducted via mobile phone, which take place again directly after the training, at intervals of 2 weeks and 45 days.
The training is completed with a certificate.

© Olaf Krüger

 

Laya – Apprenticeship for young Adivasi

Since April 2022, we have been supporting the South Indian organisation Laya, which offers an intensive one-year medical training in Andhra Pradesh for young Adivasi, an indigenous Indian population group in a very rural area.

© Olaf Krüger

During this training, traditional Adivasi treatment methods based on active ingredients of plant-based medicine (phytopharmaceuticals) are taught. Each year includes a class of 20 young people from the surrounding villages who are selected in an application process.

© Olaf Krüger
© Olaf Krüger

The training ends with a state-recognised degree that enables the graduates to open a small health centre that provides primary health care in this remote region. Severe cases of illness are referred to the local hospitals.

© Olaf Krüger
© Olaf Krüger

During a visit on site, we were able to make certain that this is a holistic service that relieves the local ecosystem by growing the pharmaceutically relevant plants in their own physic garden. The young Adivasi, who are highly threatened by unemployment, are offered a possibility to earn their own living and to expand the health care of the surrounding villages, each with up to 500 people.

Thus, through this training, Laya is advocating for a form of health care that complements the conventional health care system, is based on the knowledge and practices of the indigenous communities, is accessible and cost-effective.

Thus, through this training, Laya is advocating for a form of health care that complements the conventional health care system, is based on the knowledge and practices of the indigenous communities, is accessible and cost-effective.

The content of the training focuses on ...
... the diagnosis of diseases based on symptoms
... the preparation of tablets, ointments and medicines
... The treatment of common diseases and injuries
... the cultivation of local medicinal plants
... the hygienic handling and care of instruments
... the registration and preparation of patient records

© Olaf Krüger

 

Emergency relief camp Sobel in Burundi

As one of the first projects, the Morpho Foundation is supporting primary medical care in the emergency relief camp Sobel in Burundi in collaboration with the German organisation Burundikids e.V. and Burundi-based Fondation Stamm.

© Burundikids e.V.

The emergency relief camp was set up after devastating floods in 2019 and 2020 to provide a temporary shelter to people who lost their homes.

© Burundikids e.V.
© Burundikids e.V.

At present, there are still 1,577 households with 6,469 people (1,513 of whom are minors) in the camp who can only receive medical care from a doctor or nurse on a part-time basis due to lack of financial resources. Further medical care has been discontinued. The Burundi government is currently looking for areas where the refugees can permanently resettle. The long-term goal is to be able to shut down the emergency relief camp. Apart from Fondation Stamm, the International Organisation of Migration as well as the Burundi Red Cross are locally active at the camp: Both organisations are involved mainly in the fields of coordination and logistics.

© Burundikids e.V.
© Burundikids e.V.

The financial support of the Morpho Foundation serves as an immediate emergency measure to ensure primary medical care and improve it in terms of personnel and medication. The envisaged funding period is six to nine months.

 

IMPULS MusikTheaterTanz

IMPULS is an educational project of Staatstheater Stuttgart that enables children and teenagers to develop their own creative skills with personal experiences through art. It promotes their creative engagement with drama, ballet or music theatre and strengthens their social skills. Selected school classes with special pedagogical and social requirements work with pedagogical professionals in drama, dance and music theatre on the topic of a current production of Staatstheater Stuttgart. The workshop series takes place at the participating schools for a period of ten weeks. At the end of the workshop series, pupils can attend a drama, ballet or opera performance at Staatstheater Stuttgart together with their parents.

© Matthias Baus

It is important to the Morpho Foundation not only to provide financial support for this unique and positively evaluated project of Staatstheater Stuttgart, but also to let the artistic impulses in the participating schools continue to have an impact beyond the workshops. Therefore, on the initiative of the Morpho Foundation and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, an accompanying training offer for the teachers of the participating IMPULS schools is currently being developed. In addition to the professional input, the development of a network of IMPULS teachers will play an important role.

© Christoph Kalscheuer

Further information about IMPULS MusikTheaterTanz can be found here

 

Theatre work in primary schools

Children need theatre. The Morpho Foundation believes that children can experience and improve their self-efficacy by continuously approaching relevant social issues in an artistic and creative way and by having the opportunity to perform in a non-judgemental setting.

© Benedikt Kessel

Together with selected primary schools and qualified drama teachers, Landesverband Theater in Schulen e.V. (LVTS, State Association for Theatre in Schools) has since 2017 been developing a primary school curriculum in which theatre education topics are addressed didactically and applied in hands-on, cross-curricular teaching methods. Due to its close integration with the current education plan, the curriculum can be implemented by any primary school in Baden-Württemberg in consultation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to reach all children throughout the state.

By supporting the project “Theatre work in primary schools”, the Morpho Foundation contributes to establishing theatre work as an integral part of teaching in Baden-Württemberg’s primary schools as another artistic field of education and learning alongside music and art.

 

 

FIND YOUR MUSIC

In FIND YOUR MUSIC teenagers were both composers and interpreters of their own music: during the project week they invented music as well as played what they had found.

© Peter Pavlov

The project dealt with films around the subject of hope. In a mixture of joint and individual work the 13 to 20-year-olds did sound research and developed a thematic concept for setting a silent film to music. They were guided by renowned musicians such as Professor Gerhard Müller-Hornbach (composition), Nicolai Bernstein (violin) and Michael Dan (piano).

© Peter Pavlov

The project, initiated and run by Vielklang e.V., started on August 13th 2022 and ended on August 20th 2022 with a final presentation to give an insight into the process and in which the compositions have been premiered together with the film.

For further information check the (german) website or the (german) flyer.

 

Educational offer for primary schools on
Kurt Weills ZAUBERNACHT

The children's pantomime "Zaubernacht (German for Magic Night)" - the first stage work by the still young composer Kurt Weill - tells the story of a brother and sister to whom a fairy appears in a dream and can bring the children's toys to life. The BLOMST! gUG, which is performing the work together with the Arte Ensemble in a revival at Stuttgart's Wilhelma Theatre, has set itself the goal of promoting art and cultural participation.

© Holger Schneider

With the support of the Morpho Foundation, it has developed an educational programme for primary schools to accompany the performances:
Dance mediators visited selected school classes and creatively introduced the children to Kurt Weill's music as well as the characters and the plot of "Zaubernacht" in workshops using a specially created radio play. Afterwards, the more than 400 children from the participating classes experienced the dress rehearsal together.
The premiere took place on 11.03.2022 at the Wilhelma Theatre. Excerpts of the performance and an interview (in German language) with Nina Kurzeja can be found here.

The radio play created for this outreach programme as well as accompanying material for children is available online.

 
Who

The Team

MORPHO Team
© Matthias Baus

The Morpho Foundation thrives on its team and the people it works with.

Dr. Ingmar Hoerr
© Matthias Baus

Dr. Ingmar Hoerr

Founder
Member of the Board

After finishing his secondary education and attending a high school for agricultural sciences, Ingmar Hoerr completed his vocational training as a paramedic and went on to study biology in Tübingen and Madurai (India). His discovery of mRNA as a potential vaccine during his doctoral research led him against all odds to co-found the company CureVac with Florian von der Mülbe in 2000. Until 2020, he served as CureVac’s Chairman of the Board and periodically as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. It was through his love of classical music (“Anything but Mozart!”) that he met his future wife, Sara, at a concert in his student days. Ingmar is an entrepreneur, a scientist and a visionary, a passionate traveller of India, a sailor of stormy seas and may well be the last living Zemlinsky expert in Tübingen.

Dr. Florian von der Mülbe
© Matthias Baus

Dr. Florian von der Mülbe

Founder
Member of the Board

Florian von der Mülbe was born in Tübingen and grew up in Sindelfingen in a theatre-loving family. In high school, he chose Latin and ancient Greek at the humanistic Gymnasium, yet he later studied biochemistry. During his subsequent doctoral studies, he became inspired by Ingmar’s discovery and his idea to start the company CureVac, where he served on the management board as Chief Production Officer, among other responsibilities, until 2021.

In his private life, Florian is currently passionate about hockey, but he is mostly active on the sidelines. He is committed to supporting young players, talents, the team and the department in their development.

Unlike Ingmar, Florian works in a highly structured, organised and meticulous way. He often questions things that appear to be obvious to discover new approaches and find novel solutions.

Dr. Sarah Hoerr
© Matthias Baus

Dr. Sara Hoerr

Founder
Member of the Board

Sara Hoerr studied general rhetoric, modern German literature and musicology in Freiburg and Tübingen. During her doctoral studies at the Seminar for General Rhetoric, she made several professional forays into the business world. Her career then took her to the Stuttgart State Opera, where she worked for ten years – not as a singer, but as a spokeswoman. Sara loves musical theatre, singing, dancing, acting and concerts, the VfB Stuttgart football club and backpacking through Southeast Asia. Much to her husband Ingmar’s delight, she has also managed to become a passable sailor, even in very windy conditions, but preferably in warm waters. Despite her passion for foreign cultures, Sara is a family person and would never move away from Tübingen, which she considers the most beautiful city in the world.

Dr. Kiriakoula Kapousouzi
© Matthias Baus

Dr. Kiriakoula Kapousouzi

Founder
Member of the Board

Kiriakoula Kapousouzi grew up in Stuttgart. She moved to Tübingen to study business administration and subsequently obtained a doctorate. She spent a total of ten years in this city, working as a research assistant at the Chair of Marketing. During that time, Kiriakoula met her future husband Florian, who also introduced her to Ingmar. After gaining professional experience as a strategy consultant, she decided to pursue a career at a medical publishing house.

While physical education in school always felt more like torture to her, Kiriakoula has always loved to dance. Ever since she was eight years old, she has been following her passion for dancing, especially classical ballet.

“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.” (Martha Graham)

This is the message Kiriakoula would like to share with others, but her intention goes far beyond dancing: It is important to her to accept oneself and others the way they are and to inspire positivity and creativity.

Anja Schelling
© Matthias Baus

Anja Schelling

Managing Director

After a brief foray into traditional legal work, Anja decided to focus more on the human aspect of working as a lawyer. So she spent more than 20 years gaining experience in various areas of human resource management and was in charge of implementing corporate health management. After an assignment as a “Manager without Borders” in Uganda, she fulfilled her long-held dream of permanently doing meaningful work by joining the non-profit organisation Managers without Borders (managerohnegrenzen).

Anja is curious to discover new things and also enjoys travelling to distant countries in her private life to learn about their cultures and people. She spends a lot of time with her family and friends, loves concerts and is physically active, playing tennis, skiing, or cheering on her two boys on the football pitch as a very passionate, if not always competent, spectator.

After being involved in the preparations and the founding phase of the Morpho Foundation in March 2021. As Managing Director, she is responsible for Legal, HR & Finance and works on all healthcare projects with great dedication. She firmly believes that this organisation can make a big difference, inspire others and create a little more fairness in the world.

Annette Marke
© Matthias Baus

Annette Marke

Managing Director

Annette Marke's passion for creative design has always been a major part of her life. Despite her active involvement in theatre while still in school and her love of drawing, she eventually chose to pursue music education. Being someone who likes to take up the baton, she ultimately decided to study conducting. After gaining experience in orchestra and concert management, she first came into contact with foundation work during her ten years with the Crespo Foundation as a consultant for aesthetic education and arts. Following a stimulating stint at Alte Oper Frankfurt, she is now Managing Director of the newly established Morpho Foundation, responsible for Communications & IT and as Senior Expert Culture & Education, responsible for Arts & Culture. She looks forward to a wide range of creative foundation projects, inspiring collaboration partners and her work in a Tübingen-based team of equals. But she still finds the time to regularly travel from Baggersee Hirschau to the Swedish North Sea, not only because of her passion for sailing.

Marina Wurster
© Matthias Baus

Marina Wurster

Executive Assistant

Following her vocational training at a U.S. software company, Marina Wurster spent 13 years as Ingmar's personal executive assistant at CureVac in Tübingen. In June 2021, she moved on to the newly established Morpho Foundation, serving in the same position. Friends and colleagues admire Marina’s level- headedness in dealing with Ingmar’s dynamic energy on a daily basis without ever losing her patience or sense of humour.

Marina is a family person who spends every minute of her spare time with her husband and their two children, preferably outdoors in nature.

Sarah Melody Adeyemi
© Matthias Baus

Sarah Melody Adeyemi

Project Team Assistant

Sarah Melody Adeyemi, a Swabian native, studied international relations in the beautiful Lower Rhine region. She then returned to Stuttgart, where she coordinated and evaluated international projects, mainly from African small and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. In her work, she was particularly passionate about innovative and creative concepts for achieving environmental sustainability, social justice, freedom of expression and financial security.

As a team member of the Morpho Foundation, Sarah is involved in project work, research and administration. In her private life, Sarah loves travelling and studying numerous foreign languages. She is also an avid nature photographer and practices archery.

 
Who else

Partnerships and collaborations

If you see thematic opportunities for collaboration with the Morpho Foundation and are interested in dialogue or exchange, feel free to contact Sie us.

Donations

Certainly, you can also support our projects financially with a donation.

Please include your name and address so we can send you a donation receipt.

In case you would like to donate to a specific project, please feel free to contact us or include the name of the project on your bank transfer.

Please find our bank account details here.

Thank you very much for your support!

 
Let's go

Funding

The Morpho Foundation is a young foundation. On the way to implementing our vision, we are guided by certain fundamental convictions.

Medicine & Health

Access to medical care and education, research and innovation

We promote non-profit projects in the healthcare sector. We want to facilitate access to medical care for people all over the world and improve medical care on site. The transfer of knowledge by qualified professionals to local disseminators as well as their training, vocational and continuing education in terms of capacity building are of fundamental importance to us. We encourage innovative research approaches in the healthcare sector and like to work with people who come up with extraordinary, unconventional ideas and develop bold and creative problem-solving strategies. Depending on the needs, we provide financial support or advice with the help of our network.

Involving local structures and people is of crucial importance to us. Therefore, we only promote international projects for which the demand and necessity have been investigated and confirmed by local partners and whose supervision, support and implementation is ensured by local structures and people. We interact with our collaboration partners as equals. We do not collaborate with organisations that promote long-term dependencies.

Art & Culture

Access to cultural education, art and culture

We aim to give children and adolescents from educationally disadvantaged, low-income or socially deprived families access to art and culture. In addition, we promote education schemes that allow children, adolescents and young adults to participate in culture: The transfer of knowledge and skills by qualified professionals to local disseminators as well as their training, vocational and continuing education in terms of capacity building are of fundamental importance to us. We encourage innovative, extraordinary and unconventional ideas and like to work with people who develop bold and creative problem- solving strategies. Depending on the needs, we provide financial support or advice with the help of our network.

Medicine & Health, Art & Culture

Impact and sustainability

We promote projects that contribute to generally improving the lives of individual persons and groups of people in the long term. We aim to bring about lasting change in society.

We promote projects that meet the criteria of ecological, economic and social sustainability. The impact of the projects should not only be felt, but also be measurable based on objective criteria. Whenever possible, we personally monitor the progress of the projects we fund and have their impact scientifically evaluated. The interim or final impact analysis of a project provides us with insights regarding its social impact, which is the basis of social sustainability.

Funding period

We want to set things in motion with our funding. We want to accompany people and partner organisations on site in the initial phase of a new project until it is integrated into the local structures or can be carried on independently at local level. We do not support long-term dependencies.

Target groups

Our target groups in the field of medicine & health are disadvantaged people, in particular from the global south, who have no or limited access to medical care.

In the field of art & culture, we promote projects that benefit children and adolescents from educationally disadvantaged, low-income or socially deprived families and enable them to participate in art and culture. In addition, our commitment is directed at people whom we win over as multipliers for our mission.

Reach

In the field of health, we promote projects worldwide. At present, we place a focus on Burundi, Uganda and India.

In the field of culture, we currently focus on projects in Baden-Württemberg.

Funding application

Are you planning an innovative project, do you have an unusual idea, or do you need support for socially sustainable activities that fit into our areas of medicine & health or art & culture and that meet our funding criteria? Then we look forward to receiving a project outline. This will provide an initial insight into the main features of your project - in terms of content, budget and structure. For your project outline, please use only our designated form and send it to application@morpho-foundation.com

We will carefully review your project outline. If your project is of interest to us, we will send you the documents for a detailed funding application.