The Johanna Quandt Young Academy at Goethe (JQYA)

The Academy Program of JQYA

Being a Fellow of JQYA means working at the very heart of science and scholarliness, applying your passion to matters concerning science and society, politics and economics, leadership and career development. Transfer of the scientific knowledge into the global context is an important learning process for young scientists during establishing their independence. The Academy Program offers a frame for a close intellectual exchange and initiates dialogues of Fellows among themselves and with leading personalities from science, industry, society and politics. It helps to foresight, recognize and approach upcoming societal problems and present science-based solutions to these problems. The framework of our Academy Program includes:

✓ Annual internal workshop to define the Academy Theme of JQYA

✓ Monthly round-table discussions or think-tanks on the defined Academy Theme

✓ Annual two-days impulse-giving event with leading personalities from science, industry, society and politics to:

  • award new Fellowships and Memberships
  • present research results of the JQYA
  • discuss with the invited experts and the Distinguished Senior Scientists

✓ Annual event with the executive committee of Goethe University to shape the (scientific) strategy of Goethe University.

All Fellows of the Academy Program are strongly supported in Scientific Development which offers continuing professional qualification at Goethe University or other institutions. The JQYA provides funds to all Fellows to ensure a strong interaction, a fruitful collaboration on the Academy Theme and to ensure individualized career development.  

The Academy Theme in 2018/2019 - "Nature and Normativity"

The academy defines annually a research Academy Theme. For 2018/2019, the academy will focus on the topic “Nature and Normativity”. 

In the history of the sciences and humanities we can identify a mutual interference and understanding of the concept of nature and the norms for human acting. Under the conditions of modern sciences, JQAY want to pose questions like:

✓ What is our understanding of "nature" or of the "natural" in the sciences and in the humanities?

✓ What do we mean when we define a regularity in nature as “Natural Law”?

✓ How is the understanding of "nature" or of "natural" constitutive for our reading of "normativity"?

✓ What are the relations among the supposition of "nature" and the concept of "normativity" in the different fields of our disciplines?

These and similar questions define the focus of the interdisciplinary discourse with which we would like to open the scientific program and research studies of our Young Academy. All "younger scientists" who are interested in these before mentioned questions and who like to join our interdisciplinary debates are invited to apply.

The Fellowship Program outline

The Academy Program goes together with a Fellowship Program for career-tailored support for individual continued qualification. We financially support Fellows in four lines: 

Fellowship: integrates young scientists into the Academy Program and the Scientific Development Program of JQYA without personalized budget.

Academy Fellowship: supports manifestation of international collaborations and research of the Fellow. The Fellow is awarded with 10.000n,- €.

Sabbatical Fellowship: allows the Fellow to go on leave from the teaching duties for one semester. The Fellow is awarded with 25.000,- € that serves as pay-in into the department to cover costs for teaching replacement.

International Academy Program Fellowship: strengthens international networking and outreach activities dedicated to the Academy Theme. A two-year fellowship is announced for international researchers working in their field of studies on questions related to the Academy Theme.