New Class of Fellows Appointed to Heidelberg University’s Marsilius Kolleg

Press Release No. 43/2012
14 February 2012
Twelve Heidelberg scientists and scholars engage with interdisciplinary research issues

A new class of fellows has been appointed to the Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University’s interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Study. From March 2012 to February 2013, twelve Heidelberg scientists and scholars will engage with interdisciplinary research issues and participate in discussions at the Kolleg. The members of the fifth class of fellows at the Marsilius Kolleg are Prof. Dr. Monika Bobbert (medical ethics), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Dannecker (law), Privatdozent Dr. Tom Ganten (internal medicine), Prof. Dr. Timo Goeschl (environmental economics), Prof. Dr. Annette Kämmerer (psychology), Prof. Dr. Anton Koch (philosophy), Prof. Dr. Thomas Kuner (neurobiology), Prof. Dr. Thomas Maissen (history), Prof. Dr. Jörg Oechssler (economics), Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller (physics), Privatdozent Dr. Stefan Wiemann (human genetics) and Prof. Dr. Michael Wink (biology).

The fifth class of fellows represents a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from experimental physics to philosophy. At their regular sessions the fellows will be discussing topics like “Violence and Empathy” and “Information”. “The topics and the constitution of the new class promise exciting and stimulating exchanges,” says Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kräusslich, one of the two directors of the Kolleg. Co-director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schluchter fully agrees: “The Marsilius Kolleg is an interdisciplinary laboratory. We know the people and the topics and we have our expectations. But openness for the unexpected is important to the Kolleg’s success and time will show what the outcomes of this year’s collaborations will be.”

The Marsilius Kolleg is a cornerstone of Heidelberg University’s institutional strategy to promote top-level research in the framework of the Excellence Initiative organised by Germany’s state and federal governments. Its aim is to bring together handpicked researchers from various academic cultures, thereby encouraging a research-related dialogue between the humanities, law and social sciences on the one hand, and the natural and life sciences on the other.

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