Prestigious award

Professor in Linguistics Miriam Meyerhoff has been appointed to an advisory board for prestigious German research group the Max Planck Institute.

Miriam will sit on the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. This institute conducts research on the development of innovative language documentation procedures, global linguistic and cultural databases, and analytical processes that link evolutionary theories and modern computational methods. It is made up of biologists, historians, linguists and social scientists.

“The role of the advisory board is to evaluate and assess the research of the institute, and to help institute members focus on new directions and plans for future research, as well as giving advice and critique,” says Miriam.

“These research institutes mash up subject areas you don’t necessarily think have much in common. As another institute for linguistics recently closed down, it’s a privilege to be on the Jena board and to be able to keep pushing a linguistic perspective.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of this and I’m going to learn a tremendous amount. This is a chance for Victoria to vicariously participate in some of the most innovative work being done in areas bridging science and humanities.”

Miriam will sit on the advisory board for six years, visiting Germany once every two years. The first meeting is in 2018.

Max Planck institutes are supported by the Max Planck Society, and institutes exist throughout Germany and abroad.