The Lichtenberg-Kolleg is the newly established Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Göttingen. It is a central element of the university's concept for the future "Göttingen: Tradition - Innovation - Autonomy," financed by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Lichtenberg-Kolleg was founded by the University to strengthen the potentials of the humanities and social sciences, to promote thematic fields and, together with internationally renowned scholars, expand and develop research foci in order to enhance the international competitiveness of these academic fields.
The institute is named after Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 to 1799) who was a professor of experimental physics at the University of Göttingen. He was a physicist, philosopher of the Enlightenment, and author. His name stands for innovative ideas and independent, unconventional thinking. (more...)