On April 13, 2018, Q+ visited the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz [Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz]. Participants were warmly welcomed by Prof. Dr. Claudius Geisler, General Secretary of the Academy, who gave the group a tour through the Academy’s gracious facilities and told them all about the exciting activities and wide-ranging areas of research taking place at the Academy.
After this, the Q+ participants were able to attend the assembly of scholars, during which four members of Die Junge Akademie, an interdisciplinary group of outstanding early career researchers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds funded by the Academy, presented their latest research findings. This gave Q+ students a unique opportunity to hear fascinating talks from extremely different disciplines, including psycholinguistics, archaeology, functional morphology and biomechanics, and philosophy. The accompanying discussions among Academy members from virtually all fields of study were stimulating and challenging, providing participants an unparalleled glimpse into the extensive possibilities of interdisciplinary exchange.