How suitable is German academia for families?

The Junge Akademie's blog "academia and family" poses critical questions and searches for (new) answers.

In launching the online dialogue platform "academia and family" (, the Junge Akademie aims to draw as realistic an image as possible of the challenges posed by the attempt to balance academic and family life. How well can we reconcile these two spheres in Germany? Which problems are we facing, and how can they be resolved so as to make the academic system more efficient and family friendly?

The Junge Akademie invites male and female academics to share and discuss their experiences, points of view, and suggestions. Thus, for one thing deficiencies that are not or cannot be exposed by the media should be documented; for another thing, practical suggestions and potential solutions should be discussed. Building on this public exchange, the Junge Akademie hopes for valuable insights that may help to inform future debate on the issue of academia and family.

Today the dialogue platform goes live with short statements by personalities from academia, politics, and society. From July 15 to August 31, 2015, everybody will have the opportunity to participate actively in the dialogue, to report about their own experience, and to comment on contributions submitted by others. Contributions can be published anonymously if requested.



Anna Sohrauer

Internet-Dialog-Plattform "Wissenschaft und Familie" der Jungen Akademie


Dr Manuel Tröster

Geschäftsstelle der Jungen Akademie

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Die Junge Akademie

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The Junge Akademie was founded in 2000 and became the first academy worldwide to be specifically dedicated to activities of outstanding junior scientists and artists. Its members come from all areas of science and also from the fine arts. They explore the potential and limits to interdisciplinary research within ever evolving project designs, encourage public discourse between science and society, and send out new impulses in discussions to do with German science policy.

The Junge Akademie is co-owned by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Its administration is housed at the BBAW in Berlin.

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