Tasks and Forms of Work

The Junge Akademie is the first academy of young academics worldwide. It provides interdisciplinary and socially relevant spaces for outstanding young academics from German-speaking countries.

The Junge Akademie was founded in 2000 as a joint project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Since then, it has become a role model and example for similar initiatives in many other countries.

Founded based on the conviction that in this part of the world, young academics have little opportunity to develop freely or shape the academic system, the Junge Akademie has set itself two overriding tasks:

encouraging academic, especially interdisciplinary, discourse among outstanding young academics as well as promoting initiatives at the intersection of academia and society.

To that end, every member, elected for five years, is endowed with a one-time research budget of approximately 30.000 Euros for joint academic projects.

The Junge Akademie is free to choose its form of work. Members meet regularly in different Research Groups and thrice-yearly in the Plenums to exchange information on their current research projects and agree upon joint projects and publications.

Committees and Office

During its spring session, the Plenum elects the Board and its Chairperson: The Speaker of the Board for the Junge Akademie. The Board's tenure starts after the annual festivities in summer and lasts for one year.

Contentually, work is accompanied by the Council of the Junge Akademie. The Office in Berlin is responsible for practical support with projects as well as all administrative and organisational tasks in the background.

Institutional Integration and Funding

The Junge Akademie is owned by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. During the first ten years of its existence it was classed as a project with the BBAW; it was funded by the German  Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and, until 2005, the Volkswagen Foundation.

Since 2011, the Junge Akademie has been institutionalised and permanently anchored administratively in the Leopoldina's budget (see also History). Today, the Junge Akademie is 90 per cent funded by the BMBF; 5 per cent are contributed by the State of Saxony-Anhalt, the remaining 5 per cent are contributed by the BBAW.

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