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Young Academy for Sustainability Research

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The Young Academy for Sustainability Research is made up of postdocs from a wide variety of disciplines. From October 2021 to September 2024 they will work on joint research projects and publications in the field of sustainability research as well as organise scientific conferences and workshops.

The Young Academy is administered by its members. The FRIAS team supports them in organisational and administrative matters. The members meet several times a year at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg.

The Young Academy, funded by the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation, aims to promote scientific, in particular interdisciplinary, discourse among outstanding young scientists as well as initiatives at the interfaces between science and society in the field of sustainability.

Access the list of projects of the YAS to get a deeper insight.


To meet our academy members, please click on the photo:

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Click here to find former academy members.


  ♦ Past announcements can be found in the YAS Archive

 YAS Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises YAS on its strategic and further development. The Board is equally composed of YAS members and professors of the University of Freiburg.

  • Prof. Dr. Melanie Arndt (Prof. for economic, social and environmental history)
  • Dr. Luisa Cortesi (YAS member)
  • Dr. Javier Francisco (YAS member)
  • Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt (Prof. for Science and Technology Studies)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Pregernig (Prof. for Sustainability Governance)
  • Dr. Rita Sousa Silva (YAS member)


Dr. Michael Vollstädt

Dr. Michael Vollstädt, Co-ordinator Young Academy for Sustainability Research



The Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation. It was established in 1986 by Eva Mayr-Stihl and Robert Mayr. The foundation's work focuses on science and research, medicine, as well as art and culture.