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Reinhart Koselleck Projects

Reinhart Koselleck Projects enable outstanding researchers with a proven scientific track record to pursue exceptionally innovative, higher-risk projects. The researchers should therefore have the courage to take risks. The German Research Foundation (DFG) only supports researchers who can demonstrate exceptional achievements in their scientific fields. The program was named after Reinhart Koselleck, one of the most important German historians of the 20th century, who died in 2006. In Germany, he was one of the founders of modern social history. Koselleck was considered a lateral thinker.

Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler

2020 and 2010

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted Professor Rolf Drechsler a Reinhart Koselleck Project once more. The funding amount, which is spread over five years, exceeds 1.5 million euros. The computer scientist from the University of Bremen and director of the Cyber-Physical Systems group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is receiving this funding for the second time. This is the first time that this has ever occurred in the DFG ’s funding history.

Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger


The German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded a Reinhart-Kosselleck-Projekt to Prof. Herbert Obinger worth almost one million Euro. Did army and universal conscription contribute to the development of a social welfare state? If so, in which aspects? Herbert Obinger wants to answer these questions within the project "Universal Conscription, the Military, and Welfare State Development in Europe". Herbert Obinger is Professorial Member of the Board of Directors at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bach


The German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded 1.25 Million Euro to a Koselleck project led by geoscientist Wolfgang Bach for a period of five years starting in 2012. In a novel experimental approach, fractured rocks are subjected to hot aqueous solutions, while reactions and associated changes in permeability are being monitored. Particular focus is on elucidating the couplings and feedbacks between reaction and permeability in water-rock systems. The results will help improve the modeling of processes critical in Earth's geochemical cycles as well as in assessing and using resources, such as mineral deposits and geothermal energy.