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The Center for Advanced Studies (CAS)

Das Gebäude des CAS
The "Center for Advanced Studies" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is a forum for intensive interdisciplinary academic exchange. It promotes cooperation between outstanding researchers from various LMU departments and fosters participation of visiting scholars in research and academic life at LMU.

Founded in the course of the Excellence Initiative, CAS's purpose is not only to support the research activities of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität but also to emphasize the concept of a university in its broadest sense – that is, as a "universitas" which covers all disciplines. This purpose is likewise expressed by the tree of knowledge in the CAS emblem.

In contrast to traditional "Institutes for Advanced Study", CAS is not a separate academic facility but an institution which brings together outstanding LMU researchers as Members. At CAS, members are stimulated and supported to realize innovative and cooperative research projects. CAS staff prepares and organizes conferences and regular working groups. To cultivate academic exchange, CAS members are encouraged to invite outstanding researchers from Germany and abroad for short-term visits.

One of CAS's most important tasks is to promote junior researchers. Promising young scholars are appointed as members of CAS's Young Academy, where they profit from interdisciplinary communication and the experience of senior CAS members. Moreover, CAS's academic coordinators support junior members to organize events tailored to their career needs and to develop interdisciplinary projects such as junior research groups.

  • The House

    Das CAS-Gebäude an der Seestraße

    The Center for Advanced Studies is situated in an impressive villa built around the turn of the 20th century in the historic and central quarter of Schwabing, which has been a popular magnet for intellectuals from that time on. more

  • The classification of knowledge – Raimundus Lullus' “Tree of Knowledge” in the official CAS emblem

    Raimund Lull's "Arbor Scientie"

    Beginning with the Biblical Tree of Knowledge, the tree was always a dominant motive in western iconography. Since the early middle ages, its form has served to graphically represent the classification and unity of knowledge. The CAS has now decided to adopt this figure for its emblem. more

  • Art at CAS

    Antoinette von Saurma: Moon (2016) | Photography: Siegfried Wameser

    Several different cycles from Antoinette von Saurma's work are exhibited, all displaying an extremely complex technique. All of the works shown also take a dissecting approach to the world, which emphasizes the fragility of that which appears to be steadfast. more

  • UBIAS network

    UBIAS stands for "University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study". Unlike traditional Institutes for Advanced Study, UBIAS are associated with or embedded within a university, and actively contribute to the academic culture and the scientific achievements of their home university. more