Tasks and Forms of Work

Die 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.

Die 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, Die 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.

Each member is elected for 5 years during which they can access a fixed personal budget as well as the central research budget. The latter serves to fund collaborative academic projects, workshops or symposia.

Die 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 Die Junge Akademie. The Board's tenure starts after the annual celebration in summer and lasts for one year.

Contentually, work is accompanied by the Council of Die 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

Die 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 classified as a project within the BBAW; it was funded by the German  Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and, until 2005, the Volkswagen Foundation.

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

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