Cooperation Groups

Cooperation Groups (CGs) are concerned with interdisciplinary research projects and offer a high degree of organisational flexibility, according to the needs of the respective project. This can range from the intensive cooperation of two fellows for several weeks (research in pairs) to the cooperation of a group of resident fellows (ca. 4 to 6) for several months to a series of shorter stays at ZiF over a longer period (e.g. 4 to 6 meetings over a period of 2 years).

List of all Cooperation Groups



Breaking Confines: Interdisciplinary Model-Building for a Complex World (BreaCon)

2018 - 2020


Discrete and Continuous Models in the Theory of Networks


The idea of representing a complex interacting systems of human and/or non-human actors as a network is very old. Already Aristotle in his Politicsconsiders the society as a community of different individuals clustered in several subgroups and is aware of the founding dichotomy of networks: the individual nodes that pursue their own interests, as opposed to the health of the net as an impersonal whole. Networks and webs appear in a manifold of areas of human activities. It is therefore no surprise that they have played a role - for decades already - in many research areas in natural sciences, originally as a convenient representation form and more recently as a deeper paradigm, too.


Further Information

Cooperation Groups are a relatively new working format. They mainly address interdisciplinary research co-operations—already existing or still at the planning stage—that frequently develop in connection with special research institutes, research groups or graduate schools. Cooperation Groups are intended to offer such collaborative projects the opportunity of inviting visiting scientists to do research at the ZiF for a moderate period of time (three weeks up to six months).

Guidelines for applications