In 2004 the Academy has been founded on the initiative of the city of Hamburg in order to stimulate interdisciplinary research in Northern Germany, to network universities and research institutions and to foster the dialogue between science and the public. The Hamburg Academy is the youngest of the federal state academies, which are affiliated in the Union.
Members of the Academy in Hamburg are outstanding scientists; most of them coming from in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western-Pomerania. The Hamburg Academy is not divided in classes; the members of the Academy are working in interdisciplinary working groups on the Academies’ projects at the solution of scientific basic problems and future questions, being of eminent importance for society. The objects of investigation of the projects range from peace studies and conflict research, infection studies, climate change, cosmology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, stock of knowledge and history of science over questions of resource-management and energy-studies up to rational decisions made by the means of insecure principals. Every two years the Academy is awarding the Hamburg Science Award, the one of which is financed by the Foundation for Science, Development and Culture Helmut und Hannelore Greve and which is endowed with 100.000 Euros. The Hamburg Academy is also promoting the scientific young talents, e.g. with the programm Forum Young Science, which is providing funds for conference projects. Furthermore to foster the dialogue between science and the public, the Academy is organizing lecture-series, panel discussions and the trans disciplinary pupils laboratory.
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Executive Secretary: Claudia Raap
Research Manager: Dr Elke Senne
Publications Manager: Dr. Florian Henri Besthorn
Press and Public Relations: Catherine Andresen
Secretary and Event Management: Veronika Schopka
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