The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg is a place of tranquility and concentration that allows scientists to engage in creative encounters with fellow researchers, artists, and authors.
Those doing scientific work look for peace and quiet – while welcoming fruitful exchange with professional colleagues. Focused work requires a living and working environment that allows for seamless and disturbance-free movement between the two states. The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg provides scientists with the necessary distance from everyday academic life and at the same time makes it easier for them to meet and work together.
Personal workspaces are purpose-built and at the same time comfortable and convenient. Meeting rooms of all sizes are equipped with modern presentation equipment and digital transmission technology. The community areas such as the bistro and lounge stimulate encounters and invite informal exchanges.
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At the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, fellows may concentrate entirely on their work, if they so choose. In the main building and the "family house", a total of 21 apartments are available for individuals, couples and also families. Each apartment is fully furnished, includes a spacious living area and a large study with plenty of space for books and documents. WiFi-based internet access is available (almost) everywhere.
For those who prefer to separate life and work, there is a separate office building with four additional workplaces and a large meeting room with telephone, network, printing and presentation facilities.
Please note that the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg does not offer facilities or equipment for experimental or laboratory work. Applicants with an interest in experimental work are welcome, but are recommended to seek a cooperation agreement with one of the regional academic partner institutions of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg.
The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg has a small open-access library with academic literature from the institute's different research fields as well as encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries. Several computer workstations are available here. Books and articles can also be obtained quickly from libraries anywhere in Germany and abroad via an interlibrary loan system.
Future fellows may request special literature––specifically books––before starting their fellowship and the library team will take care of procurement.
The Wissenschaftskolleg offers its fellows an ideal setting for interdisciplinary dialogue—both on the basis of collaborative, group-based research projects or, through personal meetings with researchers or artists from different disciples or the arts, as well as informal encounters in the fireside lounge, the bistro, or the extensive gardens. The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg is a place that invites conversation everywhere.
Selected communal activities provide a loose framework. Fellows learn about their colleagues' work at weekly Fellow Lectures, which invite cross-disciplinary discussion. Beyond that, emphasis is put on free, individual encounters, for which the Wissenschaftskolleg supplies generous space.
Experience the HWK facilities through a flight across its grounds.
A large meeting room is available in the college building, which seats up to 120 people. If necessary, this room may be divided into two or three sections allowing smaller working groups to meet. The media equipment is state of the art and allows for fully hybrid collaboration of large groups with peers anywhere in the world.
The room also offers digital flipcharts, a high-performance projection system, and video streaming and recording capabilities.
In the spacious bistro, fellows and staff meet weekly for a joint dinner and monthly for a communal breakfast. The area is also available to all fellows for private meals and other informal get-togethers.
The bistro is also home to the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg's extensive selection of periodicals. Fellows will find German and foreign language newspapers in English and French from around the world here.