früher | November, 2016

how emotions shape experience.
conversation with einstein visiting fellow jesse prinz.

9 Nov


Quote taken from a corporate brochure of Einstein Foundation Berlin

Meeting Einstein is an event series of Einstein Foundation Berlin that brings together scientists and the public at extraordinary locations in Berlin. At the next event, on Thursday, November 17th 2016, Jesse Prinz talks about ‚The good, the bad and the ugly: How emotions shape experience‘ in the historic premises of the Wedding Crematorium in Berlin. Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York and Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Starting at 7 pm, he will first give a keynote and then have a conversation with me about how emotions contribute to moral judgments and how they form aesthetic perception.

Everyone is welcome to join!

For more information, see



The Einstein Foundation Berlin was founded in 2009 by the State of Berlin. The Foundation aims to promote science and research of top international calibre in Berlin and to establish the city as a centre of scientific excellence. In addition to its endowment, the Foundation also receives state funding. An independent scientific commission of the highest standard selects projects for funding. Financial support and donations are welcome.

psychologie heute-blog.
über schwere entscheidungen und glückliche zufälle.

7 Nov


Foto von Pauli Antero

Wir treffen eine Vielzahl von grundlegenden Lebensentscheidungen unter großer Unsicherheit. Manchmal hilft die Intuition dabei und berücksichtigt sowohl vernünftige Abwägung als auch emotionale Präferenzen. Aber was, wenn die Intuition ratlos ist? Soll dann der Kopf entscheiden? Oder der Zufall? Mein Plädoyer: Im Zweifel immer die Veränderung wagen! → Weiterlesen im Psychologie Heute-Blog


Seit Juli 2014 veröffentlicht die populärwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift Psychologie Heute einen Blog mit dem Titel ‚Der psychologische Blick‘. Jeden zweiten Dienstag schreibt darin einer von derzeit vier Kolumnisten, darunter die Autorin dieses Blogs, über aktuelle Themen aus Alltag, Gesellschaft und Wissenschaft.

american dream?
career paths in higher education.

3 Nov


Photograph by Vinícius Serafim

What can we learn from science policy in other countries? Are they facing similar challenges? Are they able to deal with some of these challenges more efficiently? We will discuss that at the 13th Meeting of the ID-E that is part of the Berlin Science Week. Join us!

When: Monday, Nov 7th 2016, 10 am to 8 pm

Where: Embassy of Canada to Germany, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin

Registration: Attendance is free but requires registration beforehand


My Abstract

Young academics in Germany are faced with a tremendous lack of promising career prospects within academia resulting in much more feelings of job insecurity compared to other countries (Friesenhahn & Beaudry, Global Young Academy, 2014). Thus, there is much to learn from those who offer by far better academic career prospects:

(1) Germany needs more professors. Here, we have a high number of pre- and postdocs with a temporary contract and a small number of professors with tenure or tenure track. Contrary to most other countries, this results in many highly qualified young scientists with no perspective for an enduring job within academia (Specht, Endesfelder, Erb, Hof, Pernice et al., Die Junge Akademie, 2016).

(2) Germany needs an improved tenure track system. The Juniorprofessur was initially introduced in Germany based on the idea of assistant professorships in other countries. However, contrary to assistant professorships, a tenure track option can only be found in a negligible fraction of these Juniorprofessuren (Schularick, Specht, Baumbach et al., Die Junge Akademie, 2015). The new Nachwuchspakt that aims at implementing 1,000 new tenure track professorships will hopefully start to change that soon.

(3) Germany needs a modern department structure. In contrast to most other countries, there is a strong hierarchy within departments with few chairs and many subordinate research assistants in Germany. This personal structure could, with no costs, be changed to a department structure with a larger number of autonomous professors that have equal rights and share the large number of responsibilities (Menke, Schularick, Baumbach et al., Die Junge Akademie, 2013).


Logo ID-E Berlin

ID-E Berlin International Dialogue on Education is a joint initiative of the British Council Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service, the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Australian Group of Eight, the Embassy of Canada to Germany and the Freie Universität Berlin. It offers a platform for international participants to discuss science policy.