HRA Salon – Power & Academia
Part 5: Power & Academic System
In this final HRA Salon on the topic “Power & Academia”, we are taking a critical but also future-oriented look at the German academic system as a whole and its balance of power. What are the special characteristics and advantages of the system in an international comparison? On the other hand, which structures need reform and what should a new federal government address? What is to be expected, for example, from the upcoming evaluation of the “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz” or the still unpredictable impact of the pandemic?
We are delighted to have eminent and interesting guests from Germany and the United Kingdom to share their perspectives. Join the HRA Salon – as listeners or as active part of the discussion!
The HRA Salon marks the beginning of the GUAT conference, which will be hosted on 29 and 30 September by the Universität Hamburg and the Hamburg Research Academy.
- Prof. Dr. David Bogle
Pro-Vice-Provost of University College London Doctoral School, Chair of League of European Research Universities Doctoral Studies Policy Group
- Dr. Henrike Hartmann
Deputy Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation and Member of the Executive Management
- Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn
Emeritus Group Leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, 2019-2020 President of the Georg August University of Göttingen
- Antonia Weberling, M.S.c.
4th year PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge, Initiator of the RescueHorizonEurope Campaign
- Ralf Krauter
"Funding acquisition takes up unacceptable amounts of time making many scientists leave academic research to pursue their career elsewhere. We need a massive change in our academic research system, making public and politicians understand that science is the only resource we have. It requires long-term funding uncoupled from legislatures and the dogmas of individual political parties to allow the researchers to focus on their science instead on how to acquire funding and develop the solution for current and future crises." Antonia Weberling
"The German academic career system contains elements of both the traditional professorial hierarchy and of the American departmental system that recognizes an independent Junior Faculty. These systems are not compatible with each other. Thus, there is a muddle of diverse, time-limited positions between the doctorate and the professorship, mostly without a clear perspective such as tenure-track. Reforms are overdue, but the resistance is high." Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn
"Academic research has long been a global business. Private sector research is increasingly so too. This highlights the importance of developing international experience and understanding in early career researchers. But many are limited in their opportunities, for personal reasons as well as for lack of opportunities and connections or in some cases resistance by the supervisor or Principal Investigator. How can this be more consistent?" Prof. David Bogle
The HRA Salon series
The HRA Salon series provides a platform for podium guests to discuss pressing matters in academia with the general public. We look forward to new perspectives and controversial discussions! The series adopts the style of a historic salon event and is held in a bar outside the university environment – or online, depending on the Corona situation.
Power & Academia
The series started in 2019 with the topic of Power and Academia. Since then, the focus on three salon evenings has been on the related topics of supervision, research funding, and elites.
19 June 2019
HRA Salon – Macht & Wissenschaft, Teil 1: Macht & Betreuung
27 November 2019
HRA Salon – Power & Academia, Part 2: Power & Research Funding
20 February 2020
HRA Salon – Macht & Wissenschaft, Teil 3: Macht & Eliten
3 June 2021
HRA Salon – Power & Academia, Part 4: Power & Global Orders