No Childrens' Game: Peer Review prepares for real life in Academia

'Peer Review' – it's at the heart of science. No one, who wants to work and publish scientifically can do without it. The Junge Akademie now invented a game of the same name: Peer Review: a "Science Simulation Game".

The aim of the game is to leave the player unscathed in a process of alternating peer reviews. To receive the required praise is naturally hard to get. The participants get to experience critique from all sides: 4-6 players alternatingly present "research contributions", critically assess each others presentations in regards to "desiderata" and collect or distribute "merits". Luck plays its part as starting capital insofar as research topics, desiderata and initial merits have to be drawn from a stack of face down cards. Only one can win the game - everyone will win regarding insight and merriment.

Peer Review aims 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. Pleasure could not be avoided. Peer Review originated from discussions in the research group on Science Policy within the Junge Akademie and was developed by Cornelis Menke.

The cards are dealt at an early age. Cooperation for equal opportunities.

The Junge Akademie determined to collaborate with the Stiftung Bildung und Gesellschaft on this project ( Thus they wish to encourage equal opportunities and improve everyday education for children and adolescents.

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For more information please contact:
Dr Angelika Winnen, Junge Akademie's office,
phone ++49 (0)30 20370-650

The Junge Akademie was founded in 2000 as the first academy in the world specifically dedicated to promoting the next generation of outstanding scholars. Its members stem from all academic disciplines as well as from the arts. Through their projects, members explore the potential and boundaries of interdisciplinary work, seek to create a dialogue between scholarship and society, and bring fresh ideas to the discourse of science policy.
The Junge Akademie is co-owned by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften – BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina), with its head office located in Berlin.

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