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Science Policy

The Research Group

The RG Science Policy focuses on surveys, proposals and events on the different aspects in the context of science and politics.

This task has an academic as well as a science political dimension: Not only does it demand a verdict on the efficiency of funding regarding the set goals and the non-intentional consequences of the measures, as far as they can be predicted, it also demands the weighing of contradictory goals as well as a verdict on the reasonableness and the desirability of the goals themselves. These questions have to be asked with a view to the currently politically feasable possibilities as well as with a view to the long-term perspectives of the science system's development.

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Since its very beginning, science policy has been a focal point of the Junge Akademie. Again and again, members publish position papers and statements on topics of university and research policy, which are often widely discussed. They also organise public debates and send out invites for expert hearings.

Moreover, the Junge Akademie gets involved in European research policy. For instance, together with other European Young Academies, it warned the European heads of governments of cutting the budget of the European Research Council (ERC).

Whether it is junior professors or the reform of the Framework Act for Higher Education, questions of gender equality in academia, sense and nonsense of research ratings or the intertwining of careers in academic relationships: With its surveys and position papers on science policy, the Junge Akademie has made itself heard again and again.

Occasionally, the Junge Akademie has been labelled the voice of young academics by the press. This description is not strictly true, since members do not take on representational functions. But it does emphasise the significance and responsibility the Junge Akademie has concerning questions of university and research policy.

2018: "Replacing professorial chairs with departments"

Following last year's publication of the opinion piece "Departments statt Lehrstühle", the research group Science Policy organised a symposium to expand on the discussion of the opportunitites and challenges which the introduction of the departmental system would pose to the German Higher Education system.

2017: "Replacing professorial chairs with departments"

Contribution to public debate
October 2017

REPLACING PROFESSORIAL CHAIRS WITH DEPARTMENTS: A MODERN HR STRUCTURE FOR A SUSTAINABLE HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

 

Is the personnel structure of German universities up-to-date? Answers to this questions are given by five members of the Junge Akademie with this new proposal.

The authors are Jule SpechtChristian HofJulia TjusWolfram Pernice and Ulrike Endesfelder.

Contribution to public debate (German, pdf)
Contribution to public debate (English, pdf)

2016: "Federal Professorship"

Contribution to public debate
May 2016

Proposal for a Federal Professorship: Prospects for an Academic Career

 

Excellent scholarship requires sharp minds and long-term opportunities. However, the German academic system currently lacks long-term support tailored to individual needs. Members of the Junge Akademie seek to counter this lack and have recently published their own contribution to the public debate. In this contribution, they present a proposal for the establishment of a Federal Professorship. Supported through long-term federal funding, this position would provide successful young academics with a permanent contract and enable them to teach and conduct independent research at a university of their choice.

The authors of the contribution to the public debate Jule SpechtUlrike EndesfelderTobias J. ErbChristian Hof und Wolfram Pernice were supported in their work by 31 active members and alumni of Die Junge Akademie.

Contribution to public debate (German, pdf)

2015: „Peer Review“

Peer Review is a science simulation game for 4 to 6 Players by Cornelis Menke. Its goals are to educate junior scientists and encourage self-reflection in established scientists, as well as to give a broader interested public some insight into the mechanics of the scientific system.

project page

2015: SURVEY ON THE JUNIOR PROFESSORSHIP

Survey
October 2015

Appointment practice for junior professorships in Germany 2005-2013

 

A new survey undertaken by Die Junge Akademie shows grave differences in the organisation of junior professorships. The results reveal that there remain substantial disparities in the standards of implementation and appointment of new junior professors.

The survey was conducted by Moritz Schularick, Jule Specht and Sibylle Baumbach who were supported by 37 other active and past members of Die Junge Akademie

Survey (German, pdf)
Press release on the survey

2013: POSITION PAPER "AFTER THE EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE"

Position paper
November 2013

After the excellence initiative: Personnel Structure as the Key to Better Performing Universities

 

In a position paper on the personnel structure of German universities, the Research Group Science Policy of the Junge Akademie puts forward new proposals in the debate on the future of the academic system after the excellence initiative. Thus, 30 members and alumni of the Junge Akademie call for the gradual replacement of the traditional Lehrstuhl system and a corresponding rise in the number of professorships as the key to better performing universities.

Position paper (German, pdf)

 

Publication archive

Whether it is junior professors or the reform of the Framework Act for Higher Education, questions of gender equality in academia, sense and nonsense of research ratings or the intertwining of careers in academic relationships: With its surveys and position papers on science policy, the Junge Akademie has made itself heard again and again.

Occasionally, the Junge Akademie has been labelled the voice of young academics by the press. This description is not strictly true, since members do not take on representational functions. But it does emphasise the significance and responsibility the Junge Akademie has concerning questions of university and research policy.

 
 
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