The start of the Academic Year 2021-2022 brought along many changes for the Max Weber Programme. After a successful move from Villa Paola to the Badia Fiesolana during the summer and a change of Directorship, the Max Weber Programme finally welcomed the incoming cohort of Fellows in the new premises, on 8 September.
The Welcome Event was also an occasion to meet the new MWP Director, Professor Juho Härkönen. In his introduction, he underlined the importance of the time as a post-doctoral researcher for persons pursuing an academic career. Furthermore, he drew particular attention to the multidisciplinary character of the Max Weber Programme, which offers a unique setting for young academics to exchange ideas, as well as provide and receive peer feedback and advice on their work from experienced professionals.
During the September Presentations, which took place from 21 to 29 September, Fellows from four different disciplines came together for the first time on occasion of the start of the academic year to introduce themselves and present their research to colleagues. This year’s cohort hosts 64 Fellows from 32 different countries, with affiliations in the departments of Economics, History and Civilisation, Social and Political Sciences, Law, or at the Robert Schuman Centre. The September Presentations were followed by many fruitful and multidisciplinary discussions.
The MWP September Programme 2021 concluded with a Welcome Reception on 29 September, which was a unique occasion for the new Fellows to get to know each other informally, as well as to celebrate the end of a successful induction programme and start of the new academic year.