Research Academy Leipzig  

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The Research Academy Leipzig is the umbrella organisation for all structured doctoral qualification programmes at Leipzig University. It aims at providing the best possible conditions for the advancement of young researchers.


Seminar „Junge Wissenschaft und Praxis“, 19./20. December

"Scientific Methods in the Digital Age - Science meets Humanities in the Context of Modern Digital Techniques"

19.-20.12.2016, Schloss Machern

This years Seminar “Junge Wissenschaft und Praxis” will again take place on Schloss Machern as a 2-day-workshop addressing interdisciplinary scientific questions in the spirit of Leibniz´ “theoria cum praxi”. 

Current developments in research give rise to an intensive methodical discourse which is often in a simplifying manner connected with the term “big data”. In fact, the scientific interaction which is evolving around new techniques of information and data analysis and processing runs much deeper and touches much more of scientific methodical grounds than the fashionable term referring merely to large quantities suggests. A key question in the interdisciplinary scientific discourse addresses the opposition of hypothesis driven versus data driven research. This concerns for example the issue whether guiding questions for a scientific project arise out of the given material or whether they are a priori chosen and determine the process of approaching material. How does the researcher arrive at guiding hypotheses out of given material? How are they tested? How does one arrive at interpretations and explanations?

Confirmed speakers at the symposium will be:

  • Christoph Kleine, Institute for the Study of Religions, Leipzig Univ.
  • Manfred Laubichler, Developmental Evolution Lab, Arizona State Univ.
  • Richard McElreath, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Olivier Morin, Minds and Traditions Research Group, MPI for the Science of Human History, Jena
  • Sebastian Schüler, Institute for the Study of Religions, Leipzig Univ.
  • Peter Stadler, Bioinformatics, Leipzig Univ.

To create an inspiring atmosphere for a truly free exchange of ideas all participants are invited by the Research Academy to stay overnight at the ‘Hotel Kavalierhaus’ right next to ‘Schloss Machern’ and enjoy full board sponsored by the Heinz Nixdorf – Hanns Martin Schleyer Stiftung.

Find more information and the registration link on the website of the Kompetenzschule ELSYS.

Leibniz-Professor in the Winter Semester 2016/17

In the winter semester 2016/17, Vincenzo De Risi from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is appointed as Leibniz-Professor in the Leibniz Programme of the Research Academy. De Risi studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Rome, and took his PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Later on, he worked at the Scuola Normale, was Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Technische Universität Berlin, visiting fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the Leibniz-Archiv in Hannover, and Research Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (2010-2016), where he led a research group working on the history of geometry in the Early Modern Age.

De Risi’s main field of research is the history of epistemology, with special emphasis on the relations between the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. In history of philosophy, he has mainly worked and published on Leibniz and Kant, while in history of mathematics (and mathematical epistemology) his work concentrated on the development of axiomatics from Antiquity to the Early Modern Age, and on the birth of non-Euclidean geometry. More recently, De Risi also worked on metaphysics and the foundations of geometry in ancient times (Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus), as well as in the Arabic Middle Ages.

During his stay in Leipzig as Leibniz Professor, De Risi will teach graduate classes on Leibniz’s and Kant’s theories of space, the connection of the metaphysics of space with the epistemology of geometry, and the relevance of it for the overall assessment on the birth of idealism.

Seminars held in WiSe 16/17 by Vincenzo De Risi:
- Kant’s Philosophy of Space, Tuesday 17-19 c. t., SG 105
- Leibniz’s Philosophy of Space, Wednesday 17-19 c. t., SG 101

Those interested are kindly invited to hear de Risi’s inaugural lecture “Leibniz and the Science of Space“ on 1 November 2016 at 7pm at the Neuer Senatssaal, Ritterstraße 26. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Pursuing a Doctorate in Leipzig - A Guide for Doctoral Researchers

As a result of intense work, it is our pleasure to release the new guide for doctoral researchers ‘Pursuing a Doctorate in Leipzig’, a joint project of the PromovierendenRat and the Research Academy Leipzig.

This extensive brochure provides a lot of helpful information concerning the beginning of a doctoral project, meant to facilitate the introduction into this important qualification phase for doctoral students and those interested in pursuing a doctorate.

First published as a bilingual guide, this third edition has undergone major improvements and updates. It is an important pilot project acting as example for similar initiatives at other universities.

The printed version can be purchased for a protective fee of 2 Euros directly at the PromovierendenRat or the Research Academy. Please turn to us if you are interested. The digital version of the brochure is available for free download here

Newsletter of the Research Academy

Doctoral researchers, students thinking about doing a PhD and others interested can from now on register for the newsletter of the Research Academy. Members of the Research Academy get it automatically and don't have to register separately.

The newsletter will be send to you per mail once per month und contains information about upcoming events or workshops by our Kompetenzschule ELSYS.

To register for the newsletter please write an e-mail with the subject "Newsletter" to Anna Roth.

Offers for individual PhD students

As a result of the cooperation with the Research Academy Leipzig, individual doctoral candidates of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes are offered the possibility to take part in the Research Academy’s comprehensive offer for doctoral candidates.

The scholars are granted access to the academic community of teachers and students at the University of Leipzig who engage in continuous scientific exchange.

Besides a mentoring offer that is especially fit to this target group, the doctoral candidates are further invited to multidisciplinary workshops in soft skills as well as language courses. They may apply for conference and travel grants and they may benefit of the Research Academy’s childcare system. PhD students are free to determine the frequency and intensity of their participation.

last update: 06.12.2016 


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