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!

Callings in the TRA 4

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.

Namhafte Forschende besetzen neue Exzellenzprofessuren der Universität Bonn
Announcements
Project completion: Health information on the Internet "Gesucht: Verlässliche Gesundheitsinfos im Internet"

Just ask "Dr. Google"? For many consumers, the Internet is the first port of call for questions about health. The skills that are helpful when dealing with online health information and how competencies can be strengthened are currently the subject of much discussion and research. In the project "Orientation aids in dealing with online health information" (OriGes), the websites www.gesund-im-netz.net for adults and www.klick2health.net for adolescents were further developed as orientation aids for dealing with online health information from 2020 to 2022. To mark the successful conclusion of the project, we cordially invite you to our public closing event. We look forward to presenting the results to you and discussing them with you. The event will take place hybrid.

Thursday, December 1, 2022
17:30 - 19:30

Job posting: Argelander Assistant Professor (W1) for Legal Aspects of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation

To sharpen and further develop its scientific profile, the university has established six transdisciplinary research areas (TRAs). As novel innovation-promoting organizational structures, the TRAs direct university research toward central scientific, technological, and societal issues of the future. They serve as creative and explorative platforms.


The support of scientists at all career stages is one of the highest priorities of the Excellence University of Bonn. In this context, the Argelander Tenure Track Professorship Program is specifically dedicated to supporting excellent junior researchers and enabling them to develop their own independent research at the interface between the disciplines.


Applications are invited for an open position of an

Argelander Assistant Professor (W1) for Legal Aspects of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation (tenure track to W2)

to be filled as soon as possible within the Transdisciplinary Research Area “Individuals, Institutions and Societies” (TRA Individuals and Societies) of the University of Bonn ́s excellence initiative.

Call for proposals for the development of the profile area 'Ethics'

To sharpen and further develop its scientific profile, the university has established transdisciplinary research areas (TRAs). As novel, innovation-promoting organizational structures, the TRAs direct university research toward central scientific, technological, and societal issues of the future. They serve as creative and exploratory platforms on which subjects and faculties connect in a topic-oriented manner and coordinate their strategic development.

Within TRA 4 - Individuals, Institutions and Societies, researchers investigate how institutions (market, law, culture) condition complex relationships between
(market, law, culture) determine complex relationships between individuals and societies, and develop new perspectives on micro-phenomena (personality development, competencies, individualization) and macro-phenomena (world society, globalization). The aim is, for example, to identify key factors that influence social cohesion, equality of opportunity, efficiency, resource protection, and the development of individual capabilities in the interplay of all these factors.

In this context, the already identified profile area 'Ethics' as well as its research infrastructure shall be further developed and expanded. TRA 4 therefore invites applications for this
Therefore, TRA 4 invites applications for research funds with a total amount of 50.000,- EUR for this profile area in order to stimulate further networking within TRA as well as projects for the interdisciplinary treatment of ethical research questions.

Call for Application: Forum Humanum Fellowships/Fall Institute ‘A.I. – The Art of Interpretation’

In association with the Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum, the TRA 4 – Individuals, Institutions and Societies (University of Bonn) is offering up to 10 Forum Humanum fellowships to qualified doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from any department in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Bonn to participate in an event to be held at the recently founded Institute for Philosophy and the New Humanities at the New School for Social Research (NYC).

Events
Lecture series: ‚DenkReise‘: ‚Landwirtschaft‘
Center for Life Ethics, ...
04:00 - 06:00
(Prof. Dr. Jan Börner, Universität Bonn – Institut für Lebensmittel- und Ressourcenökonomik) Off to new shores! Together with experts, we will embark on a ...
Lecture series: ‚DenkReise‘: ‚Finanzen‘
Center for Life Ethics, ...
04:00 - 06:00
(Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen, Universität Bonn – Institut für Angewandte Mikroökonomik) Off to new shores! Together with experts, we will embark on a journey ...
Lecture series: ‚DenkReise‘: ‚Kunst‘
Center for Life Ethics, ...
04:00 - 06:00
(Prof. Dr. Birgit Münch, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn) Off to new shores! Together with experts, we will embark on a journey of thought ...
Lecture series: ‚DenkReise‘: ‚Transformation‘
Center for Life Ethics, ...
04:00 - 06:00
(Prof. Dr. Stefan Tewes, FOM – Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management; Harry Gatter, zukunftsInstitut) Off to new shores! Together with experts, we will ...
Press releases
Matthias Braun receives ERC Starting Grant

Freshly appointed to the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn and immediately successful in acquiring one of the highest-ranking top grants of the European Union: Ethicist and Theologian Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun receives a coveted Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). This is associated with funding of 1.5 million euros for the next five years. The researcher and his team are studying the ethical and societal impact of digital twins in healthcare.

EU project focuses on research ethics

From the CRISPR Cas9 gene scissors to artificial intelligence and reprogrammed cells: New technologies are always associated with ethical questions for research and application, to which there are no easy answers. irecs, the new collaborative project funded by the European Union, aims to strengthen principles of research ethics in as many disciplines as possible. Under the leadership of the University of Bonn, 17 partner organizations from Germany and abroad have joined forces to drive the project forward. The EU is funding the project with a total of 4.5 million euros over the next three years.

Economist Julia Mink is new Argelander Professor

How do pollution and climate change affect health and the associated costs? How do people adapt to their environmental conditions, and what factors are crucial for such adaptability? Julia Mink, new Argelander Professor at the University of Bonn, addresses these and other questions. In the Transdisciplinary Research Area "Individuals, Institutions and Societies", she will work at the interface of environmental and health economics.

Aimee van Wynsberghe admitted to academy

The Academy of Sciences and Literature has admitted six new members. Among them is Humboldt Professor Aimee van Wynsberghe. The AI ethicist from the University of Bonn has become a full member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Class.

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Contact

André Beauducel

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

+49 228 734151

Thomas Dohmen

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

+49 228 73-9238

Johanna Tix

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

Poppelsdorfer Allee 24

53115 Bonn

+49 171 33 160 47

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