In its different event formats, it attempts to give impulses to scientific thinking and understanding. According to Martin Heidegger, the in-between, in which we move and have to move, “is only by moving in it”. This becomes possible in thinking. This thinking is demanding, difficult, exhausting. For that reason, creative time and thinking spaces are required in order to find time for thinking beyond the academic “business”. Such free spaces, which make it possible to discover new possibilities of thinking and understanding, are offered by FiF (more on thetopics).
Apart from its academic activities, FiF is also a centre of academic administration. This is an essential part of modern university life. On behalf of the Presidential Board and Senate of TU Darmstadt and in cooperation with the FiF Commission and FiF-Fellows, FiF organises and supervises the periodic call for internal TU funding for interdisciplinary research projects. In doing so, FiF creates significant accents in the life of the university, scientifically as well as in terms of science policy.
10 Years of FiF – A review (2009-2019)
In the course of more than ten years since its foundation in 2008, FiF has become something different from what it was in its initial days. The organisation has grown with its tasks.
This includes tasks of science management (such as the organisation of interdisciplinary project funding at the TU Darmstadt within the framework of the interdisciplinary research funding initiative) as well as the development of new event formats – such as the day of interdisciplinarity since 2016, the FiF Lecture since 2017 and the event format DenkRäume since 2018.
In particular, however, since 2017 FiF has been accepted and established as a central university institution by a Senate resolution. Thus, the basis has been created to be able to provide impulses for interdisciplinary research in the future as well.
The anniversary year 2018 provided an opportunity to celebrate all this – with a series of high-ranking events and, last but not least, a ceremony and a festive reception.
The small anniversary publication published on the occasion of FiF's birthday (Zwischendrin, ed. by Andreas Grossmann, Heike Krebs and Josef Wiemeyer, Darmstadt 2018) provides insights into the “control room” of FiF and into current and future challenges of institutionalized interdisciplinarity at the TU Darmstadt. In this spirit: Ad multos annos!