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Visions/SolutionsFrom a scientific point of view, one thing is certain: the climate is changing, and this is a result of human activity. But what can we do? Our online competition offers you the chance to develop and contribute your own ideas.

Every single day, we are confronted with pictures of a fast-approaching climate catastrophe in the media. This is important, as we should all be made aware of the consequences which have already occurred. We should also take note of the possible consequences which may still arise if we do not change our way of thinking and acting as quickly and as sustainably as possible. But always having these negative consequences in mind can also paralyse us.

We therefore need to find a positive outlook for a different future. A sustainable way of life offers a wealth of opportunities, not only in ecological and economic terms, but also socially and culturally. In order to achieve sustainability in a comprehensive way, it is necessary to test new forms of coexistence together and redefine our relationship to the natural world. This requires visionary concepts of what a sustainable society and a sparing use of resources may look like. In turn, these visions must be combined with practical solutions for very specific problems with regard to the climate and environment.

In our online competition, we are asking for your ideas! You can enter in either the Visions category with your artistic, creative or simply well thought-out visions of a sustainable society, or in the Solutions category with your specific proposals for solutions to sustainability-relevant problems.

The three best entries in each category will win 2,000, 1,500 or 1,000 Euros. The competition is sponsored by UmweltBank AG in the “Solutions” category. The winners also have the chance to discuss their ideas with top-class scientists.

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20.02/19pmTalk

Popular Culture(s) with Harald Schmidt

As an actor, entertainer, cabaret artist and columnist, Harald Schmidt expertly explores the possibilities of television, cabaret and theatre, from seriousness to entertainment and from ‘high culture’ to ‘low culture’ – changing the perspective on what popular culture is and can be.

Reason enough then for Die Junge Akademie’s “Popular Culture(s)” research group to invite Harald Schmidt to discuss the topics of the evening. What actually is – or was – television? How is satire possible in (un)serious times? What is popular culture anyway? And finally: What can science learn from popular culture? These and other questions will be discussed by Harald Schmidt together with Islamic Studies scholar Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, historian Valeska Huber and ancient historian Christoph Lundgreen. The evening will be hosted by literary scholar and speaker of the research group, Michael Bies.

Admission: 6.30 pm
Start of event: 7.00 pm

Admission is free. Ticket required.

Please note, the event will be held in German.

Challenging PerspectivesWhether it is sustainability, art, debate or artificial intelligence – all the big, important topics will be in the spotlight in the anniversary year of 2020. In the Challenging Perspectives lecture and discussion series, six research groups of Die Junge Akademie are presenting one evening each at the Heimathafen Neukölln in Berlin. Together with renowned guests from the sciences, arts and the public sphere, members will discuss current scientific and other major social topics. It is also about giving critical perspectives a voice in order to provoke interesting changes of perspective. The audience is invited to join in the discussion and develop new perspectives on much debated topics.

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29.06/19:30pmOnline presentation “Expedition Anthropocene”

Miriam Akkermann, Christian Hof, Dirk Pflüger and Ricarda Winkelmann @home

Expedition Anthropozän

17 days, 6 scientists, 1 project; followingthismotto, sixmembersofDie Junge Akademieembarked on an expeditionto Ecuador from 22.2.-9.3.2020. Withaccesstoseveralclimaticzones and glaciers, thecountryofferedthe ideal destinationtostudy progressive climatechange and itseffects on people, glacier retreat, biodiversity, acousticecologicalchanges and micro-plasticoccurrences in snow and ice. Yetthefocus was always on thequestion: Howisresearchactuallydonetoday?

After thescreeningof a shortfilm,shotduringtheexpedition, ourmembersMiriam Akkermann (Musicology, TU Dresden), Christian Hof (Biology, TU Munich), Dirk Pflüger (Computer Science, University of Stuttgart), and Ricarda Winkelmann (Physics, PIK and University of Potsdam) sharetheirinsights and experiences. Participantsareinvitedtodiscussclimatechange, itseffects on humans and nature, and therolethatsciencehastoplay.

The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German. To participate, please register by 5 pm on 29 June 2020.

diejungeakademie@Where does science take place and who can participate in scientific debates? The requirements for communicating scientific findings have changed. The call for public science is becoming increasingly stronger as social challenges continue to grow. In its anniversary year, Die Junge Akademie is leaving the usual places of scientific activity behind and is entering the heart of society with a series of events as part of diejungeakademie@. Members host events at cinemas, cultural centres, pubs and even public transport to offer an insight into their work and current debates in their disciplines. Above all, however, they are seeking a dialogue with people – whether they are otherwise involved in science or not.

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26.06/19pmBook Talk with Philip Manow

Eva Buddeberg, Lukas Haffert and Christoph Lundgreen @home

Book Talk with Philip Manow

What exactly is the much-vaunted crisis of democracy? Is populism a cause of this crisis or its consequence? What happens when the dispute in democracy turns into a dispute about democracy? These are the questions posed by the political scientist Philip Manow in his recently published book “(De-)Democratization of Democracy”. Philip Manow discusses his answers with the following members of Die Junge Akademie: philosopher Eva Buddeberg (Goethe University Frankfurt/ Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), political scientist Lukas Haffert (University of Zurich) and ancient historian Christoph Lundgreen (TU Dresden/SNS Pisa).

The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German. To participate, please register by 5 pm on 26 June 2020.

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17.06/19pmLive talk

Timo de Wolff and Benedict Esche @home

Aesthetics and abstraction

Aesthetics is considered to be the doctrine of beauty – often linked with sensuality. Aesthetics – so it seems – always requires the perception of spectators. Is there an aesthetic quality to the abstract ideas of architecture, design or mathematical proof? If so, what does “beauty” or “elegance” mean in this context?And if not, how can beauty be distinguished from arbitrariness?

Benedict Esche (Architekt, Kollektiv A, München) und Timo de Wolff (Mathematician, TU Braunschweig) will talk about these and other questions at this evening’s event.From different perspectives, they seek to approach the relationship between aesthetics and abstraction.

It is an open discussion format in which all participants are welcome to join in the discussion.

The event takes place via Zoomand is held in German. To participate, please register by 5 pm on 17.06.2020.

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10.06/19:30pmLive discussion and performance

Miriam Akkermann und Isabelle Dolezalek @home

Digital (high) culture in times of Corona

The measures associated with the containment of Covid-19 meant that, from March onwards, museums, concert halls, literature houses, theatres and other cultural venues had to close, along with most public places. The art business suffered severe restrictions in all areas, and many respects came to a complete standstill.

As a by-product of the shutdown, it was noticeable that many digital offers in the field of art were made available free of charge or newly launched. It occurred both in the institutional sector (museums, concert halls) and on a smaller scale (streams, balcony concerts).

What prompted this? What is the position of culture and especially digital high culture in times of Corona? Moreover, what does it say about the idea of the position of art within our (Western) society? What does it mean to transfer traditional presence formats into the digital world? Who visits the new virtual offerings? On the other hand, which genuinely digital art formats had already existed?

These are the questions the members of Die Junge Akademie Isabelle Dolezalek (University of Greifswald) and Miriam Akkermann (TU Dresden) will discuss withCaspar Battegay (Universität Basel) and their guests from science, culture and art:
Lydia Jeschke, Editor-in-Chief Neue Musik und Jazz, SWR
Holger Simon, art historian and cultural entrepreneur

The discussion will be followed by a live performance by Shelly Knotts.

The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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28.05/11amShort lecture and Q&A

Valerie Domcke @virtual classroom

Valerie Domcke is a physicist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and a guest in the virtual classroom. She speaks about detective work in the cosmos, unravelling the early history of the universe.

Snapshots from the early universe

The universe stretches out between the stars we see in the starry sky as a rather cold, empty place. But this has not always been the case. Many billions of years ago our universe was a hot primeval soup and the whole universe as we see it today was small like an orange. But how do we really know this if no one was there to make observations at that time?
Valerie Domcke will answer these and other questions from the students about her scientific work in the fourth issue of diejungeakademie@ Virtual Classroom.

This offer is designed in particular for teachers of secondary school classes to foster the exchange between academia and school.
The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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27.05/17:30pmOnline Lecture and Q&A

Astrid Eichhorn @home

Black holes and the fundamental structure of space and time

Black holes are among the fascinating objects in our universe. Recent scientific breakthroughs have made it possible to observe black holes directly – through detection of gravitational waves produced in massive black hole collisions, and even through the first direct image of a black hole. Nevertheless, these objects remain mysterious and arouse our curiosity: unlike other astrophysical objects, we will never be able to “see” the inside of a black hole because no information, not even at the speed of light, can escape from the black hole. So what is it that black holes hide from us behind their so-called “event horizon”?

Astrid Eichhorn, physicist at the University of Southern Denmark, invites you to a lecture on the fundamental structure of space and time which, according to physics, determines the interior of a black hole.

The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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20.05/11amShort lecture and Q&A

Ricarda Winkelmann @virtual classroom

Ricarda Winkelmann, climate researcher and professor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and at the University of Potsdam, is a guest in the virtual classroom and gives secondary school students insights into a key topic of her discipline.

Antarctica

Biting cold and eternal ice – that’s probably what most people think of when they hear the word Antarctica… But, has the continent at the South Pole always been covered with ice? How does progressive climate change affect the polar regions? And how does all this relate to us? Ricarda Winkelmann reports on topics related to Antarctica and climate change and is looking forward to her visit in the virtual classroom.

This offer is designed in particular for teachers of secondary school classes to foster the exchange between academia and school.
The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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07.05/11amShort lecture and Q&A

Christian Hof @virtual classroom

Biodiversity – the variety of life

Even if we are still in the middle of the corona crisis, we must not forget that there are other unresolved global problems. These include climate change, as a matter of course, but also species extinction – the loss of animal and plant species worldwide. And yet what is actually being lost? The diversity of genes, species and habitats on our planet is what we call biodiversity. In a short lecture we will show what this looks like, where it comes from, its distribution on earth and how endangered it is. Afterwards the students have the opportunity to ask further questions.

Christian Hof, a biologist at the Technical University of Munich, is a guest in the virtual classroom and gives secondary school students insights into a key topic of his discipline.

This offer is designed in particular for teachers of secondary school classes to foster the exchange between academia and school.The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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05.05/15pmShort lecture and Q&A

Simon Lentner @virtual classroom

Symmetrical bodies in three and more dimensions

Together, the participants explore the symmetry of Platonic bodies and examine them from different perspectives in four-dimensional space. What do the bodies in the different dimensions have in common and how do they differ? These questions will be discussed in a short lecture. Afterwards the students have the opportunity to ask further questions.

Simon Lentner, mathematician at Universität Hamburg, is a guest in the virtual classroom and gives secondary school students insights into a key topic of his discipline.

This offer is designed in particular for teachers of secondary school classes to foster the exchange between academia and school.The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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29.04/18:30pmOnline discussion

Anna L. Ahlers und Simon W. Fuchs @home

“Authoritarianism and Corona”

The praise of the hard hand: Are authoritarian regimes more effective in coping with the corona crisis?

Is authoritarian intervention more effective in the corona pandemic? At first glance, it appears that liberal democracies knew about the dangers of Covid-19 early on, but often reacted rather hesitantly and gently. The pictures of the harsh crisis management in China had a completely different effect. Regimes in the Middle East, such as Iran, have long chosen to keep the crisis quiet. So are autocracies per se more agile in exceptional situations like this? What modes of governing (through) can be identified and compared, and will this ultimately influence our discussion about democracy?

Anna Lisa Ahlers, sinologist at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), and Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, Islamic Studies scholar at the University of Freiburg invite you to a live discussion on the topic “Authoritarianism and Corona”. Guest speaker is political scientist Johannes Gerschewski, Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

Moderation: Christian Hof

The event takes place via Zoom and is held in German.

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04.04/19pmShort Films and Discussion

CANCELLED: Isabel Schellinger @Grassimuseum Leipzig

Unfortunately the event is cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. With this step we as a public institution are reacting to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute to reduce social contacts in order to delay the further spread of the virus as much as possible. We hope to be able to make up for the event at a later date.

“Community” – Short films in discussion

Where do people feel at home? Who are the members of a family? After the screening, the curators of the evening, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (director of the Berlinale Shorts and co-founder of the shorts/salon) and Isabel Schellinger (clinician-scientist at the University of Leipzig Medical Center and member of Die Junge Akademie) will explore these and other questions in a discussion with scientists and the audience.

Podium:
Isabel Schellinger (Die Junge Akademie, University Medical Center Leipzig)
Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Head Berlinale Shorts)
Susanne Scharnowski (Freie Universität Berlin)

Zu den Filmen:

The USA – home of the cowboys. But Don’t fence me in is not set in the Wild West, but in Philadelphia, a large city in the east of the country. A hard place, marked by crime and poverty. But how can one escape the destructive pull of the streets? Young men keep horses here – an alternative way of life. The animals are more than a hobby, they are beloved family members and sense maker.

Vietnamese workers come to the GDR in Sorge 87 to work in the textile industry. After a short time, most of them leave the country again – but some stay, start families, build up their livelihoods. They create a new home for themselves, revitalize almost empty villages after the fall of the Wall. A German and a Vietnamese couple tell their story.

In Halmaspiel, too, it is sewing that forms the red thread of the story. The daughter tells of her parents’ lives. About repression and perseverance. About losing and rebuilding. It is the story of a family, but also of a country.

A film set is glamorous and exciting – one thinks. But for the main character in die ruhe bleibt, only yawning boredom opens up. As an intern he has to close a street for the shoot, communication with the rest of the team is limited to occasional announcements from the walkie-talkie. Where are the others? And what am I actually doing here? Do I belong here? Silence is spreading.

Don’t fence me in
Ann Sophie Lindström
Germany 2014, 9 min.
English with German subtitles

Sorge 87
Thanh Nguyen Phuong
Germany 2017, 10 min.
German, Vietnamese with German subtitles

Halmaspiel
Betina Kuntzsch
Germany 2017, 15 min.
German

die ruhe bleibt
Stefan Kriekhaus
Germany 2013, 14 min.
German, French

Admission is free. The minimum age for admission to the event is 18. The event will be held in German.

In cooperation withshorts/salon.