Marsilius KollegScience and Communication: New Class of Young Marsilius Fellows

7 February 2023

Twelve early-career researchers collaborate on an interdisciplinary research project at the Marsilius Kolleg – public symposium in July

In order to work on an interdisciplinary research project and develop joint activities in the field of science communication, twelve young researchers have been admitted to the Marsilius Kolleg of Heidelberg University as Young Marsilius Fellows. They form the second class of the new fellowship programme. The joint research studies on the focal theme “Space and Time” will feed into a group-organised symposium in July 2023, at which they will present the results of their work.

New Class of Young Marsilius Fellows 2023

The second class of Young Marsilius Fellows consists of Dr Anchel de Jaime Soguero (molecular biology), Dr Dennis Dietz (theology), Dr Lena Jassowicz (medicine), Immanuel Kammler-Sücker (medical physics), Dr Markus Lieberknecht (law), Dr Monika Pleyer (English studies), Dr Elena Puris (pharmacy), Dr María Claudia Ramírez Tannus (astronomy), Dr Marius Schmitz (psychology), Dr Joanna Simonow (history), Dr Aaron Vanides (history) and Wei Zhao (mathematics). The Marsilius Kolleg supports and accompanies the Fellows in organisational matters, providing guidance and offering advice; the support also includes specific suggestions from the field of science communication, particularly in the context of the Nature Marsilius Visiting Professorship for Science Communication.

Young Marsilius Fellowships are primarily awarded to post-doctoral researchers at Heidelberg University and non-university research institutions in Heidelberg and the region, but may also go to advanced doctoral candidates. The awardees receive a budget of 5,000 euros for their research and for academic career development. The Marsilius Kolleg launched the fellowship programme in 2021 to recognise young researchers who particularly want to engage in science communication alongside the interdisciplinary direction of their work. The annually awarded fellowships are given an overall theme, which relates to the focal theme of one of the editions of the research magazine “Ruperto Carola” published by Heidelberg University. The topic “Space and Time” was selected for the second class of fellows.

The Marsilius Kolleg, directed by theologian Prof. Dr Friederike Nüssel and genome researcher Prof. Dr Michael Boutros, aims to bring together selected researchers from different scholarly cultures. Its purpose is to promote the research-related dialogue between the humanities, law and social sciences, on the one hand, and the natural and life sciences, on the other.