The funding area of art and science is extremely diverse. For one, the Possehl Foundation promotes the excellence of research and teaching at the universities in Lübeck (the University, the Technical University and the University of Music), which enrich city life with their research, their diverse students and their programs for the citizens of Lübeck. Funding priorities are special research projects, endowed professorships and technical equipment for scientific work.
For another, the promotion of art and culture contributes to reinforcing Lübeck's importance as a city of culture in the north. In addition to major cultural institutions such as the Kulturstiftung der Hansestadt Lübeck, Theater Lübeck, the Lübeck University of Music and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, which are continuously supported by the Possehl Foundation, numerous smaller initiatives bring culture to life in Lübeck and are supported by the Foundation.
The Centre for Cultural Studies Research Lübeck awards scholarships for doctoral studies and brings a committed group of doctoral students to Lübeck for an interdisciplinary exchange. Since doctoral degrees are generally awarded in a subject in the humanities or cultural sciences that is not established at the University of Lübeck, doctoral students benefit in particular from interdisciplinary exchange, which is usually new for them. For participating institutions, the "Lübeck Model", with its combination of a doctoral project and a voluntary traineeship, offers a unique opportunity to perpetuate scientific work at the institute.
Examples of this are the "The Artist as Poet. Edvard Munch and His Writings" at Behnhaus Drägerhaus Lübeck Museum and "The Brahms Image of Max Kalbeck" at the Brahms Institute of the Lübeck University of Music.
With an orientation towards contemporary and experimental music presented by specialists of the New Music scene, Klangrauschen closes a gap in Lübeck’s concert programming. The events are planned and organized on a volunteer basis. Frequently this results in unique, irreproducible concert experiences such as those created in the past by high calibre artists like Corinna Harfouch, the 1. Deutsches Stromorchester or the lighting artist Katrin Bethge.
"Klangrauschen – music for curious ears" presents multifaceted concerts focusing on unknown, unusual and unheard of combinations. Thus, light and sound projects meet crossover, established modern chamber music meets performance with electronics and live video. The Possehl Foundation has been promoting this important component of Lübeck’s cultural life since its inception.