Inaugurated in 2015, the DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past” aims to help establish the theoretical foundations for a new cross-disciplinary field of bio-cultural coevolution by pushing the limits of cooperation between traditional disciplines. The center is therefore a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, bringing together scholars from the relevant fields to exchange ideas and develop common research questions and methodological approaches. The University of Tübingen is particularly well positioned to host such a center, with a tradition of excellence in prehistorical and linguistic research. The center is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which currently sponsors 15 Centers of Advanced Studies across Germany.
The University of Tubingen, founded in 1477, looks back on rich academic traditions, yet is home to world-class institutions conducting state-of-the-art research in the Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. As one of the German government’s designated Universities of Excellence, with significant extra funding from the state and federal governments and a rising amount of third-party sponsorship, it has been able to boost top-level research and attract outstanding international researchers. The university comprises some 28,500 students, 450 professors, and more than 4,000 academic staff.
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) is the central self-governing research funding organization in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects at universities and other research institutions. The DFG promotes excellence and quality by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis and actively encourages international research cooperation. It is particularly dedicated to the promotion of young researchers and to gender equality in science and academia. It also advises legislatures and government agencies on scientific matters. The DFG’s annual budget of about 2.5 billion euros is underwritten by Germany’s federal (67.1%) and state governments (32.7%), as well as the European Union and private donors.
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