The start of the 2022/2023 winter semester will see a new class of fellows taking up their assignment at Heidelberg University’s Marsilius Kolleg. From October this year to September 2023, 14 Heidelberg academics from different disciplines will devote themselves to interdisciplinary research projects and participate in joint discussions at the Kolleg. During their regular work meetings, the fellows will deal with, for instance, "dangerous and endangered landscapes", with new rituals in accompanying dying persons, or with ethical challenges and the limits of what is known as biohybrid systems.
The 15th class of fellows at Marsilius Kolleg includes the professors Dr Bernd Alt-Epping (palliative medicine), PD Dr Stefan Bär (sociology), Dr Johannes Eurich (diaconal studies), Dr Maja Hempel (human genetics), Dr Silke Hertel (education), Dr Birgit Klein from the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (history of the Jewish People), Dr Marcus Koch (biodiversity and plant systematics), Dr Thorsten Moos (theology / ethics), Dr Marcus Nüsser (physical geography), Dr Wolfram Pernice (experimental physics), Dr Michael Schmitt (haematology / oncology), Dr Guido Sprenger (anthropology), Dr Jale Tosun (political science) and Dr Joachim Wittbrodt (developmental biology).
The Marsilius Kolleg, directed by theologian Friederike Nüssel and genomicist Michael Boutros, is designed to bring together hand-picked researchers from different scholarly cultures. The goal is to promote research-related dialogue between the humanities, law and social sciences, on the one hand, and the natural and life sciences, on the other. With the present class of fellows, a total of 192 fellowships have been granted since 2008.