Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches: Spaces of Infection

Local Organizers:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Bernhardt, Dr. Rita Gudermann and Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert


  • Leibniz Institute for Research
    on Society and Space
    Flakenstraße 29-31
    15537 Erkner
  • Robert Koch-Institut
    Nordufer 20
    13353 Berlin

The IRS Spring Academy is a yearly format similar to a PhD summer school but, as the name
suggests, taking place in spring. It is an international and interdisciplinary format that provides
spots for 25 participants, typically doctoral students but also post-doctoral research in the
early phase of their careers. The overarching aim of the IRS Spring Academy is to support qualification projects which seek to explore the spatial dimension of societally relevant topics. In
particular we seek to stimulate debates at the intersections of disciplines and seek to promote
academics who wish to conduct research with a spatial perspective. The IRS Spring Academy
is dedicated to stimulate conceptual debates around a spatial perspective and to support new
methodological knowledge that is required to conduct the related empirical investigations.
Moreover, the IRS Spring Academy is a brokerage event that supports participants to build up
personal networks and it provides feedback from acknowledged seniors for researchers at the
early stage of their careers.
Each IRS Spring Academy will take four intensive days of collaboration, discussion and exchange. The program combines different elements and thereby offers plenty of opportunities to
debate conceptual issues and methodological challenges as well as to engage in a critical, yet
constructive and supportive dialogue.
This year’s fifth IRS Spring Academy titled ›Investigating Spaces 5: Spaces of Infection‹ is taking place as an inperson event in Erkner, again!
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) acts as a local cooperation partner in 2022


This call for applications addresses doctoral candidates and early post-doctoral researchers from
spatial, social, historical and medical sciences.
The participants will be selected according to their academic qualification as well as the suitability
of their current research project to the topic of the IRS Spring Academy 2022.
Applications must include:

  •  a motivational letter (1-2 pages),
  • your CV, and
  •  a short description of your current research project, e.g. abstract of your dissertation incl. name and affiliation of your PhD advisor(s).

We can only accept applications in electronic form. Please send your application via email to
This call for applications closes on 6 March 2022.
Selected candidates will be informed at the mid of March; enrolment for the IRS Spring Academy will take place until the end of March 2022.


Prof. Dr. Christoph Bernhardt, Dr. Rita Gudermann and Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert


Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) and Robert Koch Institut