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Report 2010-2011

Academic Practice Groups The discipline-bound Academic Practice Groups were initiated in the second year of the Max Weber Programme. The Practice Groups complement the Practice Workshops and serve as follow-up or preparatory sessions for the existing workshops. Additional topics and themes are also discussed in the groups. The Practice Groups allow for more discussion and in-depth exchange of ideas and experience within the disciplines. It is the Fellows’ experience that the groups help establish very close working and personal ties.

ECO Fellows Practice Group The representative and coordinator of the MWP ECO Fellows 2010-2011 was Matt Hoelle. The following events were organized by the ECO Academic Practice Group for the benefit

of all Max Weber Fellows: (i) Multidisciplinary Research Workshop (David Levine) on Intellectual Property Rights, (ii) Hobbes and Game Theory (Michael Sevel, Richard Van Weelden, Mathias Staudigl, and Jan Klingelhoefer), and (iii) Multidisciplinary Research Workshop (Jérôme Adda) on Intergenerational Transfer of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills. The above events were well-attended and gave the ECO Fellows the opportunity to engage with Fellows from other disciplines on topics of mutual interest. Additionally, the ECO Fellows played an active role in the organization of both the Crisis Conference and the Lustrum conference. In terms of professional training, the ECO Academic Practice Group had two series of events. The first was a sequence of research workshops that allowed each Fellow an opportunity to present a long version of his/her current research. The second, focusing on academic training, was a series of group discussions lead by prominent members

Some of the topics discussed within the Academic Practice Groups 2010-2011 and as a collective Comparing different Ph.D. experiences. Assessing the effectiveness of different graduate programmes or models. Publishing and refereeing: a) improving our understanding: main journals (publishers) in your field/discipline; b) effective use of citation indexes; c) strengths and weaknesses of current peer-review practices and the ethics of peer-reviewing; d) designing your publishing and refereeing strategy; c) writing a book proposal, etc. Developing new course curricula. Best experiences or practices in teaching

Ethical issues on sharing knowledge and ideas: being a mentor, and copyrights. Making a research proposal and strategies for getting funding. Discussing ‘Code of Good Practice in Academic Research’ Contributing to the development of academia, within your university, your professional associations, networks. The top ten classic publications within each discipline.

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Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  

Reports on the 2010-2011 teaching and research activities of the largest postdoctoral programme for young academics in the social sciences,...