This Thuringian Academy Award brings research into the public eye whose transdisciplinarity is not only directed at connections between individual subjects, but builds bridges between the humanities and the natural sciences. The emphasis on transdisciplinarity sends a signal to the public that the scientific disciplines, which often lie separately next to each other, are not only perceived reciprocally, but also together. They are distinguished not so much by the common questions that ultimately unite them, but rather by their methodological dispositions.
The prize is named after Carl von Dalberg (1744–1817), who, as a Privy Councillor and Governor at Erfurt from 1772 onwards, raised the academy to a special level of prosperity, corresponded with the greats of his time and was a patron of the sciences and arts. In 1802 he became Elector of the Archbishopric of Mainz, whose territories on the left bank of the Rhine had been ceded to France, and after the Imperial Deputation he became Chancellor of the Electorate and, with the establishment of the Confederation of the Rhine, sovereign prince-primate and chairman of the Federal Assembly.
The prize, which commemorates Dalberg's promotion of science and is endowed with 2,000 euros, is to be awarded in the coming winter semester at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Applications are requested by July 11, 2022 to the Senate of the "Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt": Postfach 45 01 22, 99051 Erfurt.