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Call for submissions: Pre-Doc Award for 2019


The Pre-Doc Award goes into a new round. After successful testing in 2017/18, the Rectorate has decided a continuation. Project submissions are possible from now until 14 December 2018.

You will find the regulations of the call for submissions and further information on the Pre-Doc Award page.

Foto: Christian Hüller

In the name of the people - To criticize a political claim


"the German people" - inscription at the Reichstag building in Berlin (Photo: wikipedia, Lighttracer)

A conference organized by young academics picks up a particularly topical political problem. The public lectures and discussions will take place on the 8th and 9th of November at Villa Tillmanns. All interested are cordially invited, a registration is not necessary.

"We are the people!" Is heard from the streets. It is a challenge to those who speak for their part in the name of the people: to the government, courts and people's representatives in parliament. Here the claims of various actors collide to speak for the people. Is this just a random political phenomenon in Germany? Or is there a potential for conflict in this and similar phenomena that can be observed worldwide that is inherent in the concept of political representation itself? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to understand the general form of political representation. So who is the "people"? And what does it mean to speak in the name of the people?

Further information and the detailed programme:

The Research Academy supports the conference project with interdisciplinary aspirations and cordially invites all interested to Villa Tillmanns. Please note that the conference will be held in German Language.

(Photo: wikipedia, Lighttracer)

New Leibniz Professor in the winter semester 2018/19


Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University in the winter semester 2018/2019 will be a proven expert in sustainable development, economic growth and environmental economics.

Economist Sjak Smulders teaches at the University of Tilburg and advises i. a. the World Bank and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the areas of resource economics and the economic fundamentals of climate and environmental policy.
As author of well-respected publications and co-publisher of influential journals, Professor Smulders focuses on environmental, resource and energy economics, economic growth, economic history and international trade. For his work he has received numerous awards. Special attention was given to his research, which shows the connection between economic growth and environmental pollution. A model he developed describes the conditions of unlimited economic growth in the face of limited natural resources.
For example, he will teach a doctoral researchers course at the Central-German Doctoral Program Economics and a master's course in economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science. A Science Café and a lecture in an interdisciplinary series of events is also planned.
Further information on the Leibniz Professorship and on Professor Smulders can be found here.

Photo: Maurice van den Bosch

About the Research Academy

The Research Academy is the central institution for the promotion of junior scientists at Leipzig University. Through its three Graduate Centres – Mathematics/Computer Science and Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences – the Academy consolidates all interdisciplinary and structured doctoral programmes at Leipzig University.

At the Competence School, the Research Academy offers programmes tailored specifically to the needs of doctoral researchers and postdocs, so as to assist them in preparing for careers both in academia and outside of it.

In the Leibniz Programme, the Research Academy promotes international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational exchange in a "temporary learning community".

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