Members have different backgrounds, ranging from Astrophysics to Law and Political Science to Philosophy of Science. They are elected for five years, during which they have access to a personal budget as well as to a joint research budget.

A key requirement for membership in Die Junge Akademie is an outstanding dissertation. It should have been completed at least three, but no more than seven years prior to admission in Die Junge Akademie. Since then, the candidate should also have published at least one or more outstanding academic paper(s). Applications from artists are also welcome. Dedicated collaboration in Die Junge Akademie is expected.

Please note that while our members live and work internationally, participation in Die Junge Akademie requires sufficient proficiency in German. Please refer to the German website for further information.


Die Junge Akademie has 50 members. Every year, ten members leave the academy and ten new members are elected. The annual co-optation happens in turn: One year, the superordinate academies – that is the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – elect new members; the next year, Die Junge Akademie is in charge of the election process.

Alumni often stay involved with Die Junge Akademie.

Co-optation 2020

The 2020 election is carried out by the two parent academies, The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and The National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. As part of these proceedings, new members may only be elected on the basis of recommendation. The deadline for recommendations ends on October 31st 2019. Questions concerning this election process may be directed to Dr. Karin Elisabeth Becker, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


You can find the profiles of all current and past members here. You can also download these materials as PDF:


Die Junge Akademie enables cooperation among different disciplines in a unique manner, but also promotes the dialog between science and society. Projects like the short-film competition be a better being which establishes access to scientific perspectives of controversial social issues through films, would have been unthinkable without the encounters of very diverse researchers at Die Junge Akademie.

Philipp Kanske,
Member of Die Junge Akademie since 2015

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