New Constructive Advanced Thinking (CAT) groups selected

Together with our sister institutes in Europe organized within the network of Institutes for Advanced Studies (NetIAS), we launched the 2023 call for proposals for research groups – Constructive Advanced Thinking – in short CAT. Now, the winner CAT groups were selected.

CAT is an open international call designed to foster interdisciplinary research teams of young promising individuals of different European background wishing to address emergent societal issues with fresh ideas. CAT provides teams of early career researchers (three to five persons, possibly including a stakeholder) time and space for thought and discussion in the best research environments Europe has to offer. These teams have not been collaborating on a regular basis before, but are initiated in the frame of a CAT group and will meet several time at different institutions over the next three years.

Deadline for the latest call for applications was 15 October 2023. We have received a total of eight submissions, all of which were eligible. Five were selected for the short-list. In the Selection Meeting three groups were finally selected.

Here are the selected groups and the IAS that agreed to host the groups during the next years of their programme:

  1. Jonatan Kurzwelly's Group on "Over Their Dead Bodies: Underlying axioms and contemporary use and handling of human remains from institutional collections"
    Hosting IASs: NIAS Amsterdam, TURIN, CAS Stockholm, FRIAS Freiburg, WIKO Berlin, HIAS Hamburg
  2. Philipp Reick's Group on  “Democracy at Work: Historical Perspectives and Future Challenges for Employee Representation in Europe”

Hosting IASs: HIAS (2 visits, one week each) Hamburg, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Delmenhorst, IAS PARIS (2 visits), MONTPELLIER

  1. Tom Vaughan's Group on " Theories of Change and Nuclear Disarmament (TCND)"
    Hosting IASs: CAS Stockholm, IAS Paris (2 visits), Zukunftskolleg Konstanz, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Delmenhorst, IIAS Jerusalem

The Zukunftskolleg is looking forward to host the Vaughan’s group in early summer 2025 in Konstanz. Exact date and possible local partners yet to be confirmed.

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