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For more than a decade between 1956 and 1968, the building Seestraße 13, which now houses the Center for Advanced Studies of the LMU Munich, was the private residence of the philosopher Ernesto Grassi (1902-1991). After the Second World War, Grassi was among the most well known and influential professors of the university in Munich. In light of this fact, we have decided to hold an international conference to investigate Grassi's work in more detail and to examine his intellectual biography. Therefore, we call for contributions which seek to reconstruct the intellectual biography of Ernesto Grassi; either in a more philosophical or in a more historical perspective. Please send us a proposal (max. 500 words) until 31 May 2014. more

The new CAS research focus “Evolutionary Biology” will start its work with the beginning of the summer semester 2014 under the direction of Professor Gisela Grupe and Professor Wolfgang Stephan. Evolutionary biology, although traditionally concerned with phenomena on the organismal level, is now strongly intertwined with molecular biology and the fields that have derived from it, such as genomics and proteomics. The research focus will provide a platform where organismal and molecular evolutionary biologists meet and discuss the potential and pitfalls of these new technological developments. The beginning will be made by the lecture series "Man in the Holocene" taking place during the summer semester 2014. more

Upon invitation from LMU scholars, visiting fellows from around the world will once again conduct research in Munich in the summer semester. CAS Junior Researcher in Residence Florian Steinberger will cooperate with Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen on epistemic norms. The Shakespeare specialists Erica Sheen and Tobias Döring will be focusing on the reception of the Renaissance poet in the 20th century. Stephen Holmes will be following an invitation from Karsten Fischer to work on the history and conception of the liberal democracy. Martha Merrow and Till Roenneberg will cooperate with the neurologist William Schwartz on the neurobiology of circadian timekeeping. Zaida Luthey-Schulten, a proven expert on molecular dynamics simulation, will conduct further research on this subject in cooperation with Hermann Gaub. more