Lichtenberg-Kolleg - The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study

Lichtenberg-Kolleg Report 2008-2011

This report renders account of the activities and development of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg during the first three rounds of Fellows
and Associates, as well as documenting the Kolleg’s preparatory phase, especially from October 1st, 2008, when its governing
structures were taking shape.

For readers with less time at their disposal, we precede the full report with a compact analysis of all our efforts and their impact,
thereby making reference to the descriptions and statements subsequently presented in greater detail. In order to present as
complete an account as possible, we assemble here almost all the available information, some of which you may already have
encountered in our brochures, newsletters and on our homepage.

A certain amount of repetition is inevitable because even those who read only single chapters should be able to gain thereby an
overall impression. By providing this information, we seek to attract and hold interest in our activities. We strive to encourage participation in our events and to intensify the links of our Fellows and guests to colleagues from the Göttingen Research Campus.

In part, the texts in this report appear both in English and German. However, wherever a translation seemed to us to be superfluous since the text is generally comprehensible, and in view of the report’s considerable dimensions, either English or German is used.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have contributed to the successful work of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg – the
Scientific Advisory Board, for its engaged and dynamic cooperation in selecting Fellows and Associates and its valuable advice
in the choice of research topics as well as in strategic planning, members of the University administration, and the colleagues
– for their support in making the Lichtenberg-Kolleg a home for international and interdisciplinary research. Special thanks go to
all Fellows, Associates and guests of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg who have devoted their time and energy to promoting research and
cooperation, who have excused deficits, and who have given advice for improvements. And on a personal note, I would also like
to thank all members of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg for giving their best throughout the course of our endeavours so far.

Dagmar Coester-Waltjen