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New Class of Fellows Appointed to Marsilius Kolleg

Press Release No. 40/2011
14 February 2011
Thirteen Heidelberg academics engage with interdisciplinary research issues

A new class of fellows has been appointed to Heidelberg University’s Marsilius Kolleg. From March 2011 to February 2012, thirteen Heidelberg academics will be engaging with interdisciplinary research issues and participating in related projects. The individuals constituting the fourth class of fellows are Prof. Dr. Sven Barnow (clinical psychology), Prof. Dr. Barbara Beßlich (Germanic studies), Prof. Dr. Monika Bobbert (medical ethics), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Dannecker (law), Prof. Dr. Andreas Draguhn (neurobiology), Privatdozent Dr. Tom Ganten (internal medicine), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch (political science), Prof. Dr. Rainer Holm-Hadulla (psychiatry), Prof. Dr. Thomas Holstein (biology), Prof. Dr. Peter Lichter (human genetics), Prof. Dr. Vera Nünning (English studies), Prof. Dr. Klaus Tanner (theology) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinfurter (medieval history).

The fourth class of fellows represents a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from experimental biosciences to literary studies. With Prof. Dr. Peter Lichter (human genetics) the newly appointed fellows also include a renowned scientist from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The appointment of the fellows creates new avenues of inquiry. Among the issues scheduled for interdisciplinary discussion are “Emotionality” and “Equality and Inequality in Liver Transplantation”.

The Marsilius Kolleg is a cornerstone of Heidelberg University’s Institutional Strategy to Promote Top-Level Research in the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and the state governments. Its work is geared to bringing together handpicked researchers from different academic cultures, thereby promoting a research-based dialogue between the humanities, the social sciences, legal studies and the natural and life sciences. “The Marsilius Kolleg is an impressive demonstration of the way in which the potential of a comprehensive university can be tapped through networking,” says Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, rector of Heidelberg University.

“The work of the Kolleg thrives on the willingness of Heidelberg’s academics to engage with new and intellectually challenging topics,” says Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kräusslich, one of the two directors of the Marsilius Kolleg. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schluchter, the other director, adds: “The Marsilius as a centre for advanced study provides the institutional framework enabling us to broach and thrash out fundamental research issues that transcend the traditional boundaries imposed by differing cultures of academic endeavour. The creativity and open-mindedness of the colleagues make it a lively venue for academic exchange from which the university as a whole greatly benefits.” For more information on the Marsilius Kolleg, go to

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