The Research Groups – diverse and happy to experiment
Members of the Junge Akademie are free to choose their preferred form of work. Research Groups (RGs) have proved to be a successful form – interdisciplinary Research Groups which are established by the Junge Akademie's plenum and which are open to all interested members. Normally the RGs do not limit themselves to discussions among an inner circle: the groups organise larger symposiums and cultural events, conduct studies and publish their research results.
One could say the Research Groups are the core of the Junge Akademie; there have been over 40 of them. Their topics and goals were and are as diverse as the members themselves – but they all share the sense of the innovative and the experimental, of interdisciplinarity and diversity.
Apart from the interdisciplinary academic discourse, the Junge Akademie promotes initiatives at the intersection of academia and society, and it is very involved in questions of science policy – there are RGs for this area, but also very diverse projects. Internationally, the Junge Akademie is involved in several cooperations as well as in a gradually emerging network of similar institutions.
How does Big Data influence current research and how does it help to acquire new scientific insights? What are definitions of this term in different disciplines? How does work with 'big data' differ from work with 'small data'?the Research Group
What is fascination, how can it be generated, represented or staged and what role does it play in today's media and information society?
What exactly does sustainable thinking and acting mean, especially in academia, and why has it not long since become a given?
The Excellence Initiative has changed a lot, however, it is expected to end in 2017. The RG has set itself the task of taking an active part in the discussion of what should happen "after the Excellence Initiative".The Research Group
The supervision and instruction of PhD candidates forms an integral part of the academic workload. However, does this necessarily mean that scientists are also good supervisors?the Research Group
Whats does internationalisation stand for in the German scientific world? With these and other questions deals this RG.The Research Group
What is popular culture? (How) does it differ from modern mass culture, pre-modern folk culture, and the culture of daily life? And what about the distinction between popular and élite culture(s)?The Research Group
The RG investigates the division between the humanities and the natural scienses and concerns itself with the history and present of the "two cultures".The Research Group
The RG wants to explore how ethics can be imparted in practice by looking at different areas of Applied Ethics.
The RG asks (itself) what the similarities and differences between artistic and scientific practice are.
Pictures make up a big part in science. From the viewpoint of different disciplines the RG Visualisation take a look at what effects pictures have on science.The Research Group