Mission of the JQYA
Acknowledging young scientists as a driving force for the formulation of novel ideas and concepts, the Goethe University opened the Johanna Quandt Young Academy at Goethe (JQYA) in 2018. The academy is tailored to the needs of early-career researchers at the beginning of their scientific independence and during their professional qualification. The JQYA displays the ideals of traditional academies by being a learned society with the goal of providing a platform for intellectual exchange and self-guided professional development. Through the Academy Program platform, we bring together young and senior, national and international scientists from all conceivable disciplines. The Academy Program is based on the Academy Theme, an annually-changing topic. The career development of early-career researchers benefits from their integration into the Academy Program because the young high potentials (I) learn about other disciplines’ research approaches, (II) increase awareness of their own research within a larger continuity and, therefore, (III) gain a better understanding of their own research questions through scientific dialogues and cross-disciplinary debates. All this inspires creative solutions and extends scientific horizons. In addition to the platform for scientific exchange, we offer versatile and individually tailored financial support lines which guarantees the scientific freedom to pursue an academic career.