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Themed "Ever-committed to the New? Rethinking the Sciences and Humanities" the 4th German-Russian Young Researchers Forum offers outstanding young scientists from Russia and Germany a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and reflection.

Date: Sunday, 6 to Thursday, 10 July 2014
Location: St. Petersburg Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, No. 5, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia

The 4th German-Russian Young Researchers Forum covers a spectrum of topics related to higher education, research, innovation and science-based political and societal advice of mutual interest for Russia, Germany and Europe. It brings together researchers who are at an early stage of their career to discuss their work, gain insight into new research approaches from other disciplines, and also identify possibilities for future collaboration. The forum is designed to foster cross-disciplinary exchange and offers a platform for dialogue and reflection.


Based on the success of past editions, this year’s forum is organised in three main sections:

  • Presentations of innovative research projects in an interdisciplinary perspective, which illustrate progress in science, as well as open up possibilities of transnational collaboration

  • Rethinking the science and humanities: (plenary) debates and round tables to:

    • define the concept of the ‘new’ / ‘novelty’ in various research-based approaches and their role in multi- and interdisciplinary scientific activity,
    • address the added value of novelty, and
    • connect recent advancements in research with new approaches in education, reflecting upon the impact of scientific findings.
  • Exchange of different views on the role, status and perspectives of early-career researchers within the scientific community, paying specific attention to new forms of PhD- and Postdoc-cultures, while also addressing the various aspects of resilience in different scientific systems.

The German-Russian Young Researchers Forum was initiated within the German-Russian Year of Education, Science and Innovation 2011/12. The three previous forums took place in Moscow (2011), in Halle/Saale and Berlin (2012), and in Bonn, Köln, and Jülich (2013), and brought together outstanding young scientists from Russia and Germany.

Further Information

The Forum is intended for Postdocs and advanced PhD-students affiliated to research institutes and accredited universities from Russia and Germany. Researchers/scientists who are interested in participating must aply until 30th April 2014. For further information please download the

Call for participation


Lucian Brujan
Senior Science Officer
International Relations Department
Tel.: +49 (0) 345 - 47 239 -836
E-Mail: young.forum@leopoldina.org





Katharina Schmidt

Event Management

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 928
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 919
E-Mail katharina.schmidt @leopoldina.org