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First Joint Resolution of German Institutes of Advanced Studies

09.08.2016 Research Institutes or Institutes of Advanced Studies (IAS) have established themselves as significant forces in the German research landscape. Following a public conference organized by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for the Promotion of Science in Germany), 28 IAS adopted for the first time a joint resolution that highlights key aspects of the work and importance of these institutes in German education system. Its signatories included alongside the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) also the nine other Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities who are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

At the conference "Institutes of Advanced Studies and their function in the German academic system", more than 150 representatives of major international research centres and fellowship programmes took part. Further participants also comprise representatives of scientific organizations, ministries and foundations. Keynote speeches emphasized on different perspectives and the relevance of the IAS in Germany and internationally. After the wave of newly established IAS in the period between 2006 and 2009, it was time to jointly review and to situate the institutes in the academic landscape. The issues of internationalization and interdisciplinary research were jointly discussed. Institutions that are part of universities also focused on specific potentials and challenges.

'In Germany, we have developed an offer for fellowships that attracts excellent scholars worldwide and contributes to the international reputation of German research', said FRIAS Director Prof. Bernd Kortmann. “Therefore, the IAS has earned the support of political and academic organizations.' Dr. Markus Böckenförde, Executive Director at KHK/GCR21, emphasizes: 'Facilities like the Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities are valuable complements to German universities as they offer spaces for thoughts, support interdisciplinary research and develop international impact through their fellowship programmess.'

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