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Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology

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[인터뷰]독일영아카데미

이름 |
관리자
Date |
2017-06-14
Hit |
960
1. In which aspect did you feel the need of 'Young' Academy? We want to hear about the background and the purpose of the establishment.


The Junge Akademie is the first academy of young academics worldwide. It was founded in 2000 as a joint project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The founders, then presidents of the two academies, shared the view that young academics often have little opportunity to develop freely or shape, rather than to be shaped by, the academic system. Hence, the founding idea was to encourage academic, especially interdisciplinary, discourse among outstanding young academics as well as to promote initiatives at the intersection of academia and society.


2. It's known that Die Junge Akademie is owned by the BBAW and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. How do these three organization cooperate to provide interdisciplinary and socially relevant spaces for outstanding young scientists?


The two senior academies provide us with advice of all kinds. Every second year, they are responsible for the election of ten new members to the Junge Akademie. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina formally functions as our sponsor institution and oversees our staff and budget. However, neither the BBAW nor the Leopoldina  exercise any control over the projects we pursue.


3. I think Die Junge Akademie has encountered many difficulties since it's the first young academy of the world, Among all the hardship, which is most memorable and what is lesson is learned from that incident?


The generous funding and continuous support we have received from both our senior academies and the Federal Ministery of Education and Research has allowed for almost two decades without major institutional difficulties.


4. Can you tell us the process of interdisciplinary collaboration specifically? How are the Research Groups formed and in what procedure are the topics chosen? How many young scientists are in a group in average? Does the group have to finish its research in 5 years(term of a member)?


At the Junge Akademie, Research Groups usually consist of three members at least, but can be much larger. For instance, more than half of our members are involved in the Research Group “Science Policy”. Most Research Groups have about ten members. To start a new Research Group, a decision of the full academy at a plenary session is needed. Plenary sessions take place three times per year. The work of a Group is not restricted to the tenure of its members, a Group can thus be active for more than five years.


5. Beside the interdisciplinary collaboration, is there any activity that Junge Akademie is planning to focus on?


Several, actually. At our plenary session in Konstanz in March, we have decided to focus on the issue of academic freedom, which, due to the recent developments in Poland and in Hungary, is a troubling problem in Europe these days. We are planning to hold a joint conference in Budapest on the topic next year. Another issue in focus is the implementation of the “tenure track” model in the German university system. And our Research Group “Fascination” is holding a series of international conferences on “The Fascination of the Unknown” (http://theother2016.diejungeakademie.de).


6. Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology has been established just few months ago in February of 2017. Do you have any advice to give regarding the direction of this organization to become the voice of young scientists in Korea?


We are deeply honored to hear that the German Junge Akademie has become a role model and example for similar initiatives in many other countries. However, we do not feel we are in a position to give any concrete advice. Our experience has always been that the success of the institutional model “young academy” greatly depends on steady and active involvement of members from as many difference disciplines as possible. In particular, we are convinced that the integration of the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities within one singly academy is a key element of making the young academy something essentially different from a university department.