Dr Sebastian Matzner, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Associate Member of the Classics department, is one of ten newly elected members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina’s Young Academy (Junge Akademie) who were officially welcomed during the Junge Akademie’s annual summer celebration in Berlin on 10th June 2017.
Stars of the next academic generation
Founded in 2000, the Junge Akademie is the world’s first academy specifically dedicated to the next academic generation. Its members, young academics and artists from German-speaking countries, work together to engage in and promote interdisciplinary dialogue and activities at the interface of academia and society.
The Junge Akademie is supported by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. It is based in Berlin and consists of 50 members. Prerequisites for membership include the completion of an outstanding doctoral dissertation as well as of an additional high-quality publication or work of art. Every year, ten members join the ranks of alumni and ten new members are elected to enter the Junge Akademie.
Junge Akademie board member and head of the selection commission Wolfram Pernice is satisfied with the selection: "We received excellent applications and it was not at all easy for the commission to choose the new members."
Together with the other members of the Junge Akademie, Pernice now looks forward to collaborating with the new arrivals. During their five-year tenure, the newly elected members will work together with the other 40 members to conduct interdisciplinary research, participate in think tank working groups (on topics such as “Internationalisation”, “Art as Research”, “Higher Education Policy”, “Popular Culture(s)” or “Visualisation”), and contribute to events and activities at the intersection of science and society.