Focus Groups

The criteria for Fellow selection are the quality of the researcher and the attractiveness of his or her research project. The Wissenschaftskolleg appoints Fellows from all fields and disciplines. Every year these include researchers from the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences, along with individual artists in the fields of music, visual art, and/or literature.

Each year there are two or three focus groups.  Especially in the natural sciences and with younger researchers, it has proven useful to jointly invite small groups of three to five Fellows whose individual research plans relate to each other from the beginning. To preserve enough flexibility to accommodate the unexpected, the Wissenschaftskolleg has made it a rule that less than half of a year's Fellows are invited within the framework of focus groups. 

2016/2017

2015/2016

Pain

Victoria A. Braithwaite

Russia: The Rule of Law in Question

Tatiana Borisova, Jane Burbank

2014/2015

Tibetan Genealogies

Guntram Hazod

2013/2014

Cancer Evolution

Michael Hochberg

Quantification

Wendy Espeland

2012/2013

Quantum Mechanical Processes in Biological Systems

Atac Imamoglu, K. Birgitta Whaley

2009/2010

Classical Simulation of Quantum Systems: Classical Information vs. Quantum Information

Ulrich Schollwöck

Complexity and Flexibility in Animal Communication

Vincent M. Janik, Klaus Zuberbühler

Functional and Structural Constraints in the Evolution of Sensorimotor Networks

Harald Wolf

Social Insects as a Model System for Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Manfred D. Laubichler, Robert E. Page, Jr.

2008/2009

Auditory and Visual Scene Analysis

Cynthia F. Moss

Sympatric Speciation: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations

Axel Meyer

Understanding the Brain - An Attempt to Unify Language Production, Reasoning and Motor Control

Holk Cruse

2007/2008

Constitution Beyond the Nation State

Evolutionary Medicine

Randolph M. Nesse

2006/2007

Evolutionary Immunology

Joachim Kurtz, Paul Schmid-Hempel

ImageScience - Media and Politics

Phylogenetic Biology

Wayne Paul Maddison

Religious Transformation Processes in the Present

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf

2005/2006

Inner Model Theory

John Steel

Religion and Contingency

Hans Joas

2004/2005

Bildwissenschaft/ImageScience

Horst Bredekamp

Conflict Resolution in Biological Systems

Francis L. W. Ratnieks

Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

Hajo Grundmann

2003/2004

Cultural Mobility

Stephen J. Greenblatt

Development of Spatial Cognition

Islamic and Jewish Hermeneutics as Cultural Critique

Science and the Public

2002/2003

Brain Evolution

Georg Striedter

Nutrition

David Raubenheimer, Stephen J. Simpson

The Sciences of Risk

Alex Kacelnik

2001/2002

Neural Control and Locomotion

Ansgar Büschges

Social History of Muslim Societies - Social History of Western Societies

Beshara Doumani, David Warren Sabean

Social Norms and Economic Behaviour

Ernst Fehr

The Sciences of Risk

Alex Kacelnik

2000/2001

Demography and the Evolution of Eusociality

Raghavendra Gadagkar

South Asian Historiography

David Shulman

Spatial Cognition

Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler

1999/2000

AGORA Work - Knowledge Cohesion

Neurolinguistics

Angela Friederici

1998/1999

Biomimetics

Daniel Robert

Cultural Foundations of Economic Reality

Hansjörg Siegenthaler

The Meaning of Time in Quantum Theory

John Stuart Briggs

1997/1998

Parallel Processing and the Binding Problem

Andreas K. Engel, Rainer Goebel

Visual Ecology and Evolution

Eric J. Warrant

1996/1997

Active Vision

Mandyam V. Srinivasan

Sex and Evolutionary Conflicts

Andrew Pomiankowski

1995/1996

Evolution of Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Environmental Change

Kenneth J. Hsü

Models as mediators: The Role of Models in Physics and Economics

Brigitte Falkenburg

Spatio-Temporal Processes in Ecolocial Communities

Andreas Diekmann, Richard Law

1993/1994

Biodiversity

Richard I. Vane-Wright

Collective Intelligence: Self-Organizing Superorganism Systems

Scott Camazine

1992/1993

Physics of Disordered Systems

Hans A. Weidenmüller