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As a platform for early career researchers from a wide range of disciplines and arts Die Junge Akademie offers diverse possibilities for interdisciplinary exchange. An important goal for Die Junge Akademie is to be involved at the intersection between science and society and to encourage dialogue via various, sometimes unconventional formats.

Publications, parlour games, calendars, symposia or artistic interventions – member activities are defined neither by content nor methodological limits. This structural freedom is reflected in the members’ varying forms of expression. The core of Die Junge Akademie has been, since its founding, the Research Groups (RGs) – over 40 of which are as old as the academy. Topics and goals were and are as diverse as the members themselves. The RGs are all innovative, experimental, interdisciplinary and diverse. At the plenary sessions, which take place three times a year, the objective is to find a majority for the implementation of a plan and start work at once.

    • Engaged Science

      The WG Engaged Science addresses (individual and institutional) scientific practices, role understandings, conflicts and dilemmas and aims at a cross-disciplinary discourse on the question: What are principles of "good" engaged science and where are their limits?


    • Money and Society

      Society is at a historic crossroads. It can choose to enable or to hinder changes toward a more socially just and ecologically sustainable economic system. But this transition is seldom discussed in public. The Research Group “Money and Society” aims to change this and to link economic aspects with cultural ones.


    • Internationalisation

      In recent years, concepts and practices of internationalisation have changed rapidly. In the Research Group on internationalisation, this change is subjected to critical reflection and it is discussed how internationalisation can be rethought with a view to global power asymmetries.


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    • Art as Knowledge

      Even if hardly anyone seriously discusses anymore whether, alongside the sciences, the arts likewise generate a kind of knowledge, the possibility of collaboration between the two still faces difficult and, moreover, unequal conditions.


    • Artificial Intelligence

      The "Artificial Intelligence" research group of Die Junge Akademie would like to approach the topic through concrete applications of AI methods and thus enter into an interdisciplinary conversation about the possibilities and limits of selected AI applications. In doing so, the RG would also like to discuss technologically, socio-scientifically and legally informed regulatory proposals for AI use.


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    • Sustainability

      From a self-reflexive perspective, we ask: are there forms of science that are more usable for the political process and social development than others? And if so, what do these look like and what value is attached to new knowledge? Another focus of the WG is to apply the sustainability indicators that scientists use to measure environmental sustainability (for example, to evaluate certain technologies or policies) to scientific practice.


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    • Popular Culture(s)

      The research group Popular Culture(s) deals with historical and contemporary expressions of popular and folk culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Transcending disciplinary boundaries and fostering networking and collaboration on the research topic of "popular culture", it seeks to develop a new approach to the subject as well as expand and refine theories on popular culture.


    • Posthuman, more-than-human and non-human

      In a world in which the human is increasingly called into question by ecological crises and technical innovations, do categories of consciousness, subjectivity and intelligence need to be renegotiated? The Research Group explores the posthuman, more-than-human and non-human in its temporal density. Historical perspectives, present urgencies and future thought experiments are equally considered.


      ein Wesen, das eine Mischung aus Mensch und Maschine zu sein scheint, mit langen lilafarbenen Haaren; dahinter ein transparentes Wesen, das an eine Qualle erinnert; dunkelilafarbener Hintergrund
    • Language

      Language is so ubiquitous as a medium of communication that it is taken for granted. However, there are always occasions that challenge us to problematise the use of language. The Language Research Group examines the role of language in the sciences and arts from an interdisciplinary perspective. The members' areas of interest include linguistic accessibility, reducing complexity in scientific communication, translation processes and linguistic imagery.


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    • Cultures of Debate

      The research group ‘Cultures of Debate’ focuses on the role of academia in social discourse. What does it mean for a society when expertise and academic analysis no longer automatically hold a position of authority, but find themselves confronted with accusations of elitism similar to those that are currently being directed at journalism and politics? Does the public realm lack important intellectual figures with the power to influence political debates? And what would it take to change this?


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    • Transfer of Innovation

      Our research group Transfer of Innovation in Academia (TROIA) serves as a holistic platform within Die Junge Akademie. TROIA covers central topics of academia such as innovation and innovation transfer.


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    • Science policy

      The research group Science Policy focuses on surveys, proposals and events on different aspects within the context of science and politics. This task has an academic as well as a scientific-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.


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