The main focus is on multidisciplinary themes which are run in parallel every year. A theme singles out a current multidisciplinary research problem and involves a group of researchers from at least three faculties. For six to eight months, the researchers get the opportunity to develop their ideas freely together, under the auspices of the Pufendorf IAS. Each theme is concluded with a large symposium.
A call for proposals is made once a year and these may be put forward from scientists representing all faculties of Lund University. For more information see "New themes".
The Advanced Study Groups are a number of smaller study groups that work at the Pufendorf Institute. They apply themselves to a multidisciplinary area and are given a lot of freedom to organise and structure their work themselves, in consultation with the management and board.
Fundings for Advanced Study Groups can be applied for twice a year. For more information see "New themes".
Every autumn since the Pufendorf Institute was founded, a group consisting of young researchers from Lund University have met and participated in a workshop in Björkliden. In 2011, a newly appointed group will meet for four days in September.
The groups are directed by the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies and made possible by a donation from the LMK Foundation. The deans of the faculties nominate young, promising researchers to take part in an unconditional, boundary-crossing discussion with the purpose to develop recommendations and ideas on how to improve research within the university. One of these recommendations has resulted in the In-house Young Scholars Group.
See "Reports from Björkliden".
One of the recommendations made by the Björkliden group was the introduction of regular meetings of young researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds to stimulate interaction and promote the development of interdisciplinary projects. These suggestions were taken to the hart, and the members of Björkliden group were asked to nominate one or two young scientists from their respective fields from which members to an ideas fora - group could be selected.
The ideas fora are held at the Pufendorf Institute and are initially structured around brief introductory talk from each participant on their subject area, followed by informal discussions. This is followed by meetings on a monthly basis when the ideas fora-group assembles for discussions and shorter seminars on various topics with invited researchers.
Thanks to the generous donations from the LMK Foundation, the Pufendorf IAS also has the opportunity to connect top international researchers to Lund University. They take part in the institute´s activities - often within a theme - and they are given great freedom to design the content of their six-month appointment themselves.
The Pufendorf Institute offers visiting researchers accommodation in the Annex, located right next to the Classicum building.
Last modified 22 Jan 2013