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Statutes

§ 1 Foundation

The Young Academy shall be founded by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina (Leopoldina) in the year 2000, when the first members shall be elected. Initially, the Young Academy will run for a ten-year period. Continuation will be decided upon by 2010 at the latest.

       
§ 2 Organisation

The Young Academy is a joint project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina. It is autonomous with regard to the content of its academic activities and organises itself under the higher responsibility of the Presidents of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina. The Young Academy is not supervised by any organ of the parent academies. Its members have the status of a “Member of the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina”. They shall elect one of their members to be President, who shall have guest status on the executive boards of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina.

       
§ 3 Aims and Objectives

The Young Academy seeks to further the careers of the younger generation of academics. Its objectives are to promote scientific discourse and cooperation between disciplines, to carry out projects of considerable academic importance, and to support initiatives at the interface between science and society. The Young Academy is free to choose its modes and places of work.

       
§ 4 Members

As a principle, the number of members of the Young Academy is limited to fifty. Members are elected for a five-year period. Re-election is not possible. At the time of election, the member’s doctoral degree shall, as a rule, have been conferred no longer than three to seven years previously. The composition of the membership body shall comprise all academic disciplines and as a principle be drawn from the German-speaking countries. Membership entails the obligation to participate actively in the Young Academy.

       
§ 5 Election

The election of members to the Young Academy shall be carried out alternately by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina on the one hand, and by the Young Academy on the other. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina, as well as the Young Academy, are free to choose their election procedure. Members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Leopoldina, and the Young Academy are empowered to propose candidates. Candidates may also be sought through limited advertising. Applications by individuals are also possible. A joint presidential committee of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina will elect the first twenty members on the basis of applications received and referees’ assessments. In the following years, ten further members will be elected each year.

       
§ 6 Research Budget

Each member will receive a one-off, flexible budget of DM 50,000. These funds shall, as a rule, be utilised to support joint projects, that meet the criteria of the Young Academy’s aims and objectives as described in § 3. The use of funds is subject to monitoring by the administrations of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Leopoldina.

       
§ 7 Rules and Regulations

The Young Academy shall set up its own rules and regulations in agreement with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina.

 
 
 
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