In September 2014, doctoral students at the MPIfG elected Kimey Plücke as their spokesperson. She shares the post with Martin Seeliger, who was confirmed in the post he took up in October 2013. Kimey Pflücke has been a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE since 2013.
The ninth Max Planck Summer Conference on Economy and Society took place from 6-9 July, 2014, at Columbia University in New York City. Doctoral students from the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne, Columbia University, New York University, Northwestern University, Sciences Po Paris, and the EUI came together with senior researchers from Europe and the USA. They discussed the interaction between technology and the economy and the challenges and opportunities this presents to democracy. For the IMPRS-SPCE and its partner institutions, the summer conferences are intended to promote discussion between senior and junior researchers and to strengthen and broaden cooperation among the participants.