The Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programme

The fellowship programme aims at fostering dialogue between senior professionals from different sectors and academic researchers. Based on the topics provided by the senior professionals they receive a tailor-made schedule of face-to-face meetings with researchers in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main area.

News/Upcoming Events

14.10.2022 09.00-13.30 Uhr

Visit of the LOEWE Center emergenCITY at TU Darmstadt

Visit of three research sites on resilient infrastructures of digital cities at TU Darmstadt. 

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13.10.2022 17.00-18.30 Uhr 

Meeting of Policy Fellows and Early Career Researchers

Career paths in various organisations, key skills needed as well as differences to science.

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12.10.2022, 15.00-19.00 

Penal Discussion: Religious Framing of Political/Social conflicts 

Penal discussion with the Research Cluster Dynamics of Religion.

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14.09.2022 17.30-20.30

Tackling Future Health Challenges with Research & Innovation

Networking and penal discussion at the Hessian Representation to the EU 

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May/June 2022

Science-Policy Fellowship Programm reached next Milestone 

This summer the milestone of more than 2,000 face-to-fache meetings since 2016 was reached. 

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14.06.2022

Virtual Event on Regulation of Online Advertising

Researchers and policy professionals took stock of regulatory efforts and their effects on businesses.

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17.02.2022

Webinar on Working from Home together with the United Nations

Webinar organised jointly with the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations.

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13.01.2022

Call for applications for the fellowship-track 2022/2023 published

The new call for applications has been published. For further information please click this link: 

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Next milestone reached: More than 2,000 face-to-face meetings since 2016!


The programme reached the milestone of 2,000 face-to-face meetings in June. The head of the fellowship programme, Mr Tome Sandevski, was very delighted about this achievement: “The fellowship programme has brought together almost 160 senior policy professional with more than 650 researchers in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-area. I would like to thank all policy fellows and researchers for their commitment. I am looking forward to reaching the next milestones!"

The Programme in Figures

157 fellows

> 2,100 meetings

about 650 participating researchers

About the Programme

Organisation

link to German website

Publications (partly in English)
link to German website

Media coverage 
link to German website

Fellows' Testimonials

"I am very interested in the issues of consumer protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property and the safe use of Artificial Intelligence and other digital tools in justice. By talking to researchers from the fields of computer science, business informatics, management and marketing I have learned new perspectives on the policy challenges I am working on. As a lawyer myself, I have greatly benefited from the exchanges with eminent academics outside my field of specialisation. I have received  valuable input through the programme that I will be able to put to concrete use in my work."

Carl Gösta Petri, Deputy Head of Unit, Deputy Director-General in charge of Directorates - Criminal justice - E-Justice, IT and document management, DG Justice and Consumers.

"I had very thoughtful and productive conversations on current trends on the rise of market based finance, the challenges in the banking sector in the post COVID-19 environment and the increasing focus on ESG and green finance for real estate financing. I will be happy to apply these new academic insights to the analysis of key topical policy issues discussed at the OECD."

Caroline Roulet, Policy Advisor, Directorate of Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the OECD.

“I was deeply impressed by the quality and organisation of the Mercator programme. It gave me the unique opportunity to meet a large number of high-quality researchers who offered very interesting perspectives on the policy questions the European Commission deals with in the field of financial regulation. I am looking forward to staying in touch with the academics I met during the Mercator programme and benefitting from their input for policy development in the EU."

Sven Gentner, Deputy Director General, Financial Stability, DG Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission


"I am thrilled that, despite the pandemic, the programme has enabled not only to establish links with renowned scientists, but also with other policy fellows from the media sector, European institutions and German ministries. I found the interdisciplinary exchanges in particular very enriching."

Kristin Höltge, Head of the Central Asia Desk, Conflict Prevention Centre, Secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

“The Mercator Science Policy Fellowship programme offers a great opportunity for learning and professional development. The intensive programme of academic exchanges provides me with new insights and fresh perspectives relevant to my work. The organisation is excellent."

Marcel Rommerts, Head of Unit, Horizon2020 Transport Research, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, European Commission


"I am very interested in the issues of consumer protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property and the safe use of Artificial Intelligence and other digital tools in justice. By talking to researchers from the fields of computer science, business informatics, management and marketing I have learned new perspectives on the policy challenges I am working on. As a lawyer myself, I have greatly benefited from the exchanges with eminent academics outside my field of specialisation. I have received  valuable input through the programme that I will be able to put to concrete use in my work."

Carl Gösta Petri, Deputy Head of Unit, Deputy Director-General in charge of Directorates - Criminal justice - E-Justice, IT and document management, DG Justice and Consumers.

"I had very thoughtful and productive conversations on current trends on the rise of market based finance, the challenges in the banking sector in the post COVID-19 environment and the increasing focus on ESG and green finance for real estate financing. I will be happy to apply these new academic insights to the analysis of key topical policy issues discussed at the OECD."

Caroline Roulet, Policy Advisor, Directorate of Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the OECD.

“I was deeply impressed by the quality and organisation of the Mercator programme. It gave me the unique opportunity to meet a large number of high-quality researchers who offered very interesting perspectives on the policy questions the European Commission deals with in the field of financial regulation. I am looking forward to staying in touch with the academics I met during the Mercator programme and benefitting from their input for policy development in the EU."

Sven Gentner, Deputy Director General, Financial Stability, DG Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission


"I am thrilled that, despite the pandemic, the programme has enabled not only to establish links with renowned scientists, but also with other policy fellows from the media sector, European institutions and German ministries. I found the interdisciplinary exchanges in particular very enriching."

Kristin Höltge, Head of the Central Asia Desk, Conflict Prevention Centre, Secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

“The Mercator Science Policy Fellowship programme offers a great opportunity for learning and professional development. The intensive programme of academic exchanges provides me with new insights and fresh perspectives relevant to my work. The organisation is excellent."

Marcel Rommerts, Head of Unit, Horizon2020 Transport Research, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, European Commission


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Mercator Science-Policy
Fellowship-Programme Office

Research Support
Goethe University Frankfurt

Eschersheimer Landstr. 121
D-60322 Frankfurt/Main
IKB-Building (room 5330)
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Mailing address:
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1 D-60629 Frankfurt/Main

Phone: +49 (0)69 798 12132 / 12135
Email: science-policy@uni-frankfurt.de