The IASS is a place where new ideas are discussed and tested. Two initiatives in particular have been established to support the generation and development of new perspectives and activities. One is the Fellowship Programme , which provides a constant influx of individuals with fresh perspectives. The second initiative is the Incubator, which provides a space for innovative ideas, topics, and issues that cannot be addressed within current projects and serves as a means to harvest synergies between different work streams.
Societal or political developments may provide interesting opportunities for the creation of Incubator initiatives. Topics may range from important political processes to current events. In addition, the Incubator serves as an “experimental space” in order to test out ideas, new modes of research, and methods. It opens a space for “riskier ventures”, including possibly unsuccessful, but valuable learning experiences. Finally, by offering a common space for exploring joint ideas and approaches, the Incubator provides an opportunity for cross-institute cooperation.
Any person working at the IASS can submit an idea to the Coordinator of the Incubator. These are then discussed by the Research Integration Committee and approved by the Directors.
Ideas provided by a group of people across different projects are encouraged. They do not necessarily need to be aligned with the institute’s current research programme, but need to fit into the overall strategic development of the IASS. A focus will be on “horizon issues”, i.e. topics within the general frame of work of the institute that are emerging and not yet addressed and may potentially be integrated into the research programme.