Käthe Kluth Junior Research Programme

The Käthe Kluth Junior Research Group aims to actively support you in the postdoctoral phase of your research work, helping you to increase the visibility of your research achievements and develop your academic careers. The programme will help to further develop your profile as an outstanding early-career researcher. You will conduct an independent research programme, which will also serve as the basis for a habilitation or equivalent achievement. You will be able to increase your publication performance in terms of quality and quantity and apply for high-profile project funding during the funding period.

Furthermore, you will open up the opportunity for a doctoral student to write a thesis in close cooperation with you as head of the junior research group. At the same time, you gain leadership experience and expand your research.

Käthe Kluth

Käthe Kluth (1899-1985) studied English, German and History in Stralsund and Rostock and obtained her PhD at the University of Greifswald in 1927. Between 1930 and 1946 she worked as a teacher at the secondary school in Pasewalk. During the following six years (1946-1952), Kluth worked as a lecturer and language teacher for English at the University of Greifswald, where she played a decisive role in the establishment of the Department of British and North American Studies. In 1952 she became the first female professor at the Alma Mater with a teaching contract for English Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. From 1956 on, she was head of the Department of English. Three years later, she received a professorship with a full teaching contract. Prof. Dr. Käthe Kluth was appointed emeritus professor in 1962.

Award winners

In the current funding period, two outstanding female scientists from Greifswald University Medicine and the University of Greifswald have been awarded the leadership of a Käthe Kluth Junior Research Group for the first time. JProf. Marie-Luise Kromrey (Institute of Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medicine Greifswald) was successful with her research concept for a Käthe Kluth junior research group on the topic of "4D flow MRI in liver imaging". "With the help of the new MRI method of 4D flow measurement, morphological representation, quantification and analysis of flow conditions in vessels is possible. For example, flow velocity, volume, direction, wall tension, pressure gradients and complex flow patterns can be determined and visualised in an impressive way. At present, 4D flow measurements are only used for clinical decision-making in a few hospitals in Germany. The main area of application to date has been the heart and vessels close to the heart, but current work is increasingly focussing on the transfer to abdominal vascular systems, such as the liver," says Prof. Kromrey in her project description.

Dr. Giovanna Caruso's junior research group (Institute of Philosophy, University of Greifswald) is investigating the relationship between the human and the non-human under the title "Structures of the Given. Phenomenological Approaches to the Interrelationships of Object, Nature and Human", the research group explores the relationship between the human and the non-human. The starting point is the current revival of social and philosophical interest in objects and the criticism of the Western philosophical tradition of making the non-human dependent on subjective structures. The central thesis is that the irreducible diversity of reality and therefore the relationship between artefacts, natural objects, non-human living beings and humans can be explored through a phenomenological approach that expresses the structures of these interrelationships on the basis of the given. Finally, the exploration of these structures should also lead to the identification of new challenges that ethics, politics and economics will have to face in the future.

Former award winners