Interdisciplinary research

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Interdisciplinary research is becoming more and more important in solving grand challenges facing society.

How does the scientific cooperation work in detail? Is research that transcends conventional academic boundaries harder to do, fund and publish?

Watch th erecording of our our online talk and find out how interdisciplinary research works in Germany and how you can particpate.

Event details:
Online talk: Interdisciplinary Research
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
2-3 pm CET

Hosted by:  
Dr. Maren Tiemann, Programme officer for Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) and Clusters of Excellence, German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is the central, independent research funding organisation in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects at universities and other research institutions. The DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis and facilitating national and international collaboration among researchers. Its mandate also includes encouraging the advancement and training of early career researchers, promoting gender equality in the German scientific and academic communities, providing scientific policy advice, and fostering relations between the research community and society and the private sector.
DFG homepage
DFG Research funding
Contact: Dr. Maren Tiemann

Dr. Alina Enzensberger, Coordinator research training group, CRC 1369: Cultures of Vigilance. Transformations – Spaces – Practices, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

The CRC 1369 “Cultures of Vigilance” aims to research the historical and cultural foundations of vigilance. Within this context, “vigilance” refers to a linking of individual attentiveness to goals set by others. This linking occurs on an everyday basis, be it in the realm of public security, religion, law, or the healthcare sector; wherever and whenever we are asked to pay attention to something specific and, if necessary, also to react to, or report anything we have noticed in a specific way. The CRC’s goal is to analyse the history, cultural variations and current forms of this phenomenon.
CRC 1369 "Cultures of Vigilance”
Contact: Dr. Alina Enzensberger

Prof. Dr. habil Martine Robbeets, Archaeolinguistic Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic. It currently consists of three interdisciplinary research departments that integrate methods and research questions from the natural sciences and the humanities: the Department of Archaeology, the Department of Archaeogenetics, and the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution. The MPI-SHH assembles experts, and large datasets, from research areas as diverse as archaeological science, anthropology, bioinformatics, proteomics, ancient genetics, quantitative linguistics, and others, to explore big questions of the human past.
The Archaeolinguistic Research Group is the successor to the former Eurasia3angle Group, headed by Martine Robbeets at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The Group works on late human prehistory, integrating archaeological, genetic and linguistic evidence to reconstruct various aspects of human evolution and culture. Special focus is on the languages of North and East Asia, the Transeurasian languages in particular.
MPI-SHH homepage
Archaeolinguistic Research Group homepage
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for the Science of Human History


Dr. Heike Böhm, Departmental Group Leader and General Scientific & Educational Coordinator, Max Planck School Matter to Life

The Max Planck School Matter to Life (MPS MtL) is a joint graduate program of German universities and research organisations including the Max Planck Society, Heidelberg University, University Göttingen, TUM and DWI as main partners. This direct track Master/PhD program of 2+3 years focuses on an interdisciplinary research experience with a strong community in the growing field of Matter to Life.
Heike Boehm originally studied chemistry at Heidelberg University before she carried out a PhD on an interdisciplinary topic combining soft matter physics with cell biology. She was involved in the original proposal of the MPS MtL and is now leading the coordination team and managing the school as part of the Executive Board.
Max Planck School Matter to Life
Contact: Dr. Heike Böhm


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