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Our Research Group

We are a group of scholars affiliated with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Deutsches Museum, Institute of Contemporary History (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, IfZ) and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum who investigate competition and collaboration in the sciences from a historical perspective. We are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Our spokesperson is Kärin Nickelsen (Chair for the History of Science, LMU).

In our research we are exploring the history of cooperation and competition in the sciences in the 1970s through the 1990s. We focus on three fields:

Cooperation and Competition during the Cold War:

1. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP): East-West Cooperation despite System Competition (1970s). Applicant: Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel

2. Cooperation, Competition, Complexity: West Germany, East Germany and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Applicant: Prof. Dr. Elke Seefried

 Cooperation and Competition as elements of (trans-) national Science Policies: 

3. The Alliance of Research Organisations: Corporativism in German Science between Cooperation and Competition. Applicant: Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler

4. The EUREKA Project. The Oscillation of the Politics of European Research and Technology between Cooperation and Competition (c. 1980-1992). Applicant: Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching

 Cooperation and Competition as Disciplinary Configurations in the Life Sciences

5. Cooperative Competition in Big Biology: The Beginnings of the Human Genome Project in the Laboratory. Applicant: Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen

6. Cooperation and Competition on Site. The Formation of Munich-Martinsried as a Center for Life Sciences and Biotechnology (associated project). Applicant: Prof. Dr. Margit Szöllösi-Janze

7. Competing for Sovereignty in Cooperative Committees: Bioethical debates and the development of a regulatory policy for the life sciences in Germany in the 1980s. Applicant: Prof. Dr. Christina Brandt

8. Competing Disciplines: Negotiating Interpretational Sovereignty between Bioscience and Social Science, ca. 1970-1990 (associated project). Applicant: Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen


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