Marsilius KollegScience and Communication: New Class of Young Marsilius Fellows

8 November 2023

Twelve early-career researchers collaborate on an interdisciplinary research project – public symposium in July 2024

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 third class of the fellowship programme. The joint research studies on the focal theme “Beginning and End” will feed into a group-organised symposium in July 2024, at which they will present the results of their work to the public.

Young Marsilius Fellows 2023

The third class of Young Marsilius Fellows consists of Dr Héctor Álvarez Mella (Romance studies), Dr Paula Arana Barbier (political science), Dr Chris Byrohl (astrophysics), Dr Anja Greinacher (medicine), Dr Saskia Haupt (mathematics), Dr Wikke Jansen (global studies), Dr Mischa von Krause (psychology), Dr André Pfob (medicine), Dr Jan Rombouts (mathematics / biosciences), Dr Raphael Schäfer (law), Dr Katja Isabell Seitz (psychology) and Dr Madeline Werthschulte (economics). The Marsilius Kolleg supports and accompanies the Fellows in organisational matters, by offering guidance and advice, and by providing 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 “Beginning and End” was selected for the third 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.