10-year Anniversary of the ZukunftskollegThe Zukunftskolleg was founded out of the desire to enable international junior researchers a promising career. From the beginning, it was aimed specifically at postdoctoral researchers. Since 2007, the Zukunftskolleg has awarded 99 fellowships and many of its alumni have been appointed to a professorship.
"We are convinced that the opportunities created by the Zukunftskolleg successfully support junior researchers in a critical career phase. We provide them with adequate ressources for their own research projects and created a stimulating environment. They also benefit from a coaching programme," says Giovanni Galizia, Director of the Zukunftskolleg.
Links: Zukunftskolleg Webseite
Multimedia presentation and discussion
The Story of the Zukunftskolleg
Companions of the Zukunftskolleg, among others Joachim Nettelbeck, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Elke Scheer, University of Konstanz
Interview with Elke Scheer
Interview with Prof. Dr. Elke Scheer, University of Konstanz
Interdisciplinarity, integration, and dialogue: Re ections on the philosophy of interdisciplinarity
Michael O‘Rourke, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University (USA)
Michael O’Rourke, professor of philosophy, examines the process of developing communication and integration in cross-disciplinary research and the nature of linguistic communication between intelligent agents.
O’Rourke is director of the ToolBox Project, a National-Science-Foundation-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research. He has been a co-principal investigator and collaborator on several funded projects involving autonomous underwater vehicles. He co-founded and served as co-director of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, an interdisciplinary conference on philosophical themes, and he co-edited the series, Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, published by MIT Press. He is frequently published for communication, philosophy, interdisciplinary theory and practice, and robotic agent design topics.
Before coming to MSU, O’Rourke was a professor at the University of Idaho for 16 years, teaching philosophy, environmental science and neuroscience. He taught at Kansas State University from 1994 to 1996 and lectured at Stanford University in 1993 and 1994. O’Rourke received his doctorate in philosophy in 1995 and his master’s degree in philosophy in 1991 from Stanford University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Kansas in 1987.
Getting lost in the academic system – The struggles of a junior scientist
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