Every two years, an internationally especially respected researcher is invited for the bio-science Ernst Mayr Lecture. Here, the Wissenschaftskolleg cooperates with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, in whose rooms the lecture is held. The invitee holds a seminar with young Berlin researchers the following day at the Wissenschaftskolleg.
In the framework of the Work Presentations, former Fellows of the Wissenschaftskolleg return to Berlin to speak on a topic related to the publication they worked on while residing at the Wissenschaftskolleg.
Lecture Recitals have become a tradition at the Wissenschaftskolleg since Walter Levin began them in the 1991/1992 academic year.
"Sounds are not there for their own sake; they are bearers of ideas, embedded in the logic of the matter. And the point is to elaborate this, so that music can become an object of contemplation and enjoyment."
(Dieter Grimm, Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg 2001-2007, on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Walter Levin in December 2009)