Menu Close

ENGAGE.EU Think Tank on Societal Change

At ENGAGE.EU, we are building a platform where researchers can focus on their research and push their projects forward together with fellow researchers – the ENGAGE.EU Think Tank.

The ENGAGE.EU Think Tank is the Advanced Study Centre of our European University. At the ENGAGE.EU Think Tank, you can exchange your ideas with new research groups, come together with long-standing co-authors, and learn from leading experts from industry and policy. This forum allows you to completely focus on a research project – detached from everyday business.

The ENGAGE.EU Think Tank is a forum for intensive interdisciplinary academic exchange where researchers address the critical societal challenges of our time, where boundaries of research and innovation are overcome, where outstanding collaborations become possible, and where original thinking is the norm.

The research topic in spring 2022 addresses:

The Role of Digitalisation for Sustainable Development and its Impact on European Business, Economics and Societies.

Preferably, research projects foster achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For instance, researchers might explore how digitalisation can transform working and living conditions, how digital transformation can ensure sustainable economic growth, or how digitalisation can help avoiding inequality in society.

Detailed information on current open calls and application requirements is available at the bottom of this page.

Our offer for junior academics (up to 5 years after Ph.D.)

As a junior visiting scholar your stay will allow you to concentrate on your research idea while cooperating with colleagues in an international and interdisciplinary team of junior researchers, supported by leading senior researchers. You will not only benefit from additional expert input regarding your project, but also expand your list of top publications and your professional network. Your research stay at the ENGAGE.EU Think Tank includes a workspace at the University of Mannheim, access to the university facilities (library, data platforms, etc.), an extensive academic and cultural programme, as well as support with housing and family services if needed. Researchers are free to choose the length of the research stay to make sure it optimally fits their needs. To make the most of the research stay, we recommend staying for the core period from 1 May to 30 June 2022.

Our offer for senior academics (more than 5 years after Ph.D.)

As a senior visiting scholar your stay will allow you to concentrate on your research idea while sharing your expertise with an innovative team who explores similar research topics. You will gain deeper insights into current developments through exclusive enlightening talks held by leading experts from politics and industry. Additionally, you will benefit from research collaborations you may have never thought of before. Your research stay at the ENGAGE.EU Think Tank includes a workspace at the University of Mannheim, access to the university facilities (library, data platforms, etc.), an extensive academic and cultural programme, as well as support with housing and family services if needed. You are free to choose the length of your research stay to make sure it optimally fits your needs. To make the most of it, we recommend allocating the research stay – be it one week or one month – during the core period from 1 May to 30 June 2022.

Your Profile

The ENGAGE.EU research stays are primarily aimed at excellent academic staff members from universities of the ENGAGE.EU alliance, particularly research schools of Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Law and other related disciplines who:

  • explore digital transformation as a major societal change driver in Europe,
  • are aiming to foster their expertise in their field of research,
  • are interested in an interdisciplinary dialogue,
  • want to engage in a pioneer project of a pan-European network.

Researchers may apply individually or as a group (max. 4 people).

Our Expectations

As part of the ENGAGE.EU research stay, researchers are expected to 

  • actively participate in ENGAGE.EU Think Tank activities, such as regular research
    colloquia, lunch meetings and other group events, 
  • present their research to the ENGAGE.EU audience on a regular basis,
  • be willing to exchange ideas and interact with relevant stakeholders about the project,
  • collaborate on the co-creation of research publications,
  • collaborate on research funding applications,
  • stay in Mannheim for the duration of the research visit.

Application

Applications for a stay at the ENGAGE.EU Think Tank are open for individual researchers as well as research groups (max. 4 people), and should contain

  • an outline of the intended research project related to the topic noted above
    (max. 4-5 pages),
  • a CV, including a list of publications (of each group member for group applications),
  • information regarding the desired length of the research stay.

ENGAGE.EU seeks to strengthen the role of women and underrepresented groups in research, and thus strongly encourages female scholars and scholars belonging to underrepresented groups to apply.

Applications are due by 15 November 2021. This deadline does not constitute a cut-off date. However, applications received after this date may not be considered. Please submit your complete application electronically (in one PDF file) to Prof. Dr. Dirk Simons at engage@uni-mannheim.de