TRA 4 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'

Transdisciplinary Research Area 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'

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Each of us is part of society. But how do we, as individuals, affect society and how does it influence us in our own actions? What does this look like for institutions? How can institutions be designed to sustainably ensure equal opportunities and social cohesion in the age of globalization and digitalization?

These are questions that fall within the transdisciplinary research area (TRA) "Individuals, Institutions and Societies". The scientists in this TRA are investigating key influences on our social and economic decisions: Resource conservation, protection of art and cultural assets, morality and ethics, and determinants of human agency and motivation.

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About the TRA 4

Learn more about goals and the organization of the transdisciplinary research area.

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Research

Read here about the research profile, topics and funded projects of our TRA.

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Offers

Information on offers, funding opportunities and events of our TRA can be found here.

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Network

Here you can learn more about our network, our members and about our cooperation partners.

You want to do transdisciplinary research yourself, realize a project or network? Become a member of our TRA!


Funding opportunities of TRA 4 'Individuals & Societies'

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We support your third-party funding application from the idea to networking, start-ups and service to the application:

  • Idea: Use TRA-specific calls, programs and events
  • Network: find cooperation partners, develop & discuss ideas in workshops
  • Start-up: launch projects & apply for (financial/ideal) funding for start-ups or events
  • Service: Application consulting for TRA and third-party funds
  • Application: project support and contact to specific consulting and service institutions

High Profile Professorships

The establishment of high-caliber professorships is a central measure of the University of Bonn within the framework of its excellence strategy. To ensure institutional renewal and the further dynamic development of our university, we have established Hertz, Schlegel and Argelander Tenure Track Professorships aimed at strengthening the Transdisciplinary Research Areas (TRAs) as well as the faculties. More information on each program can be found here.

Renowned reinforcement for the University of Bonn: Ethicist Christiane Woopen, agricultural economist Matin Qaim and theologian Klaus von Stosch fill new professorships of excellence. With the first High Profile Professorships financed by Excellence funds, three top-class scientific personalities are coming to the University of Excellence to open up new fields of research and provide important impulses in various disciplines.

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Professorships of the TRA Individuals & Societies

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 Hertz Professorship in 'Life Ethics'

 Prof. Dr. med. Christiane Woopen

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Argelander Professorship in Environmental Economics, Sustainability and Inequality

 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Mink

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Argelander Professorship in the Law of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Lorenzen

Schlegel professorships of the participating faculties

Phone: +49 228 73-7679

E-Mail: martin.kessler@uni-bonn.de

Address: An der Schloßkirche 2-4, 53113 Bonn

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Phone:  +49 (0) 228 73-62160

E-Mail: stosch@uni-bonn.de

Address: Kaiserplatz 7-9, 53113 Bonn

For more information please visit:

Phone:  +49 228 739232

E-Mail: lehrstuhl.hwang@jura.uni-bonn.de

Address: Adenauerallee 24-42, 53113 Bonn

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Events
Fall Institute: 'Limits of Intelligence: Meaning and Value'
New School for Social ...
Whole Day
Modern knowledge-societies value intelligence as a set of problem-solving capacities. In recent years, we could be said to have entered not only a so-called ...
Ringvorlesung ‚ThinkJourney‘: 'Family'
Center for Life Ethics, ...
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Prof. Dr. Martin Bujard Family Together with recognized experts from science and society, we go on a weekly ThinkJourney to explore desirable futures in ...
Ringvorlesung ‚ThinkJourney‘: 'Work'
Center for Life Ethics, ...
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Prof. Dr. Werner Eichhorst Work Together with recognized experts from science and society, we go on a weekly ThinkJourney to explore desirable futures in ...
Ringvorlesung ‚ThinkJourney‘: 'Globalised Economy'
Center for Life Ethics, ...
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Dr. Tilman Altenburg Globalised Economy Together with recognized experts from science and society, we go on a weekly ThinkJourney to explore desirable ...
Press releases
Why Are People Climate Change Deniers?

Do climate change deniers bend the facts to avoid having to modify their environmentally harmful behavior? Researchers from the University of Bonn and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) ran an online experiment involving 4,000 US adults, and found no evidence to support this idea. The authors of the study were themselves surprised by the results. Whether they are good or bad news for the fight against global heating remains to be seen. The study is being published in the journal “Nature Climate Change.”

Digital Twins Improve Stroke Treatment

After someone has suffered a stroke or brain hemorrhage, it is a race against time to prevent their brain cells from dying. Admittedly, it still sounds like science fiction: physicians are using a digital twin to test out the most promising potential treatments for precisely this scenario. However, if all goes to plan for the researchers in the European consortium christened “Gemini” (“twin” in Latin), this could be a reality in as little as six years. The 19 partners led by Amsterdam University Medical Center (UMC) have received a Horizon grant worth €10 million from the European Commission to tackle the project. The Department of (Social) Ethics in the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn is also involved in the work. 

A Network for Women Active in AI and Robotics

Human-robot interaction and sustainable artificial intelligence (AI) will be the topics of discussion on Thursday, November 9th at an event organized jointly by the University of Bonn Institute for Science and Ethics (IWE) and the Women in AI and Robotics network. The event date marks the start of partnership between the two organizations, and is aimed at recruiting new members interested in joining Women in AI & Robotics. Held in English, the event will be held in the foyer of the IWE with address Bonner Talweg 57, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All interested parties are invited to attend.

A Legal Angle on Green Urban Planning

What legal levers can cities pull in order to reinvent themselves as green, equitable, productive and healthy places to live in the spirit of the New Leipzig Charter of 2021? What legal constraints are they subject to? And what answers do constitutions provide to the question of an environmentally sustainable transformation and the social sustainability challenges that it brings? These and other questions are being tackled by the legal expert Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Lorenzen, a new Argelander Professor at the University of Bonn. Within the Individuals, Institutions and Societies Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA), she is working at the interface between law, economics and the social sciences.


Contact

André Beauducel

Spokespersons of the TRA 'Individuals and Societies'; Department for Psychology

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin von Gaudecker

Spokespersons of the TRA 'Individuals and Societies'; Institute for Applied Microeconomics

Johanna Tix

Manager TRA 'Individuals & Societies'; Strategic Development and Quality Assusrance

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