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Associates and partners of WiD

Our associates

acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (The National Academy of Science and Engineering)

acatech represents the German scientific and technology communities on both the national and international levels. It is an autonomous, independent and not-for-profit organisation. As a working academy, acatech supports policymakers and society, providing qualified technical evaluations and forward-looking recommendations.

Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations)

The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) focuses on promoting applied research and development for SMEs. As an umbrella organisation of around 100 industrial research associations with more than 1,200 associated research institutes, AiF provides an infrastructure for cooperation projects that benefit some 50,000 small and medium-sized businesses. 

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (The German Research Foundation)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the main funding organisation for research at German universities and research institutes. It supports research projects in all fields of science and actively encourages international cooperation. The DFG is especially committed to the promotion of young researchers, as well as advising both policymakers and the public on scientific issues. 

Deutscher Verband Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine (The German Federation of Technical and Scientific Organisations)

The German Federation of Technical and Scientific Organisations (DVT) is an association of 36 technical and scientific societies, which includes 210,000 people and more than 17,000 institutions. The DVT has been representing the interests of engineers and scientists in science, business, government and civil society since 1916. It places specific importance on representing interests at the international level.


The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial exploitation of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany. The majority of the organization’s 29,000 employees are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros.

Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (The Society of German Natural Scientists and Doctors)

The Society of German Natural Scientists and Doctors (GDNÄ) promotes exchange on scientific, technical and medical topics. Membership is also open to pupils, students and interested individuals. One of its aims is to share the importance and magic of scientific knowledge with the general public.

Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (The Helmholtz Association)

With more than 37,000 staff and an annual budget of some €3.8 billion, the Helmholtz Association is the biggest scientific organisation in Germany. The 18 Helmholtz centres focus on six research fields: energy, earth and environment, health, key technologies, structure of matter, aeronautics, space and transport.

Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (The German Rectors’ Conference) 

The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is the political and public voice of universities in Germany. Nearly all of the country’s major state and state-recognised universities are members of HRK where they develop joint positions on matters relating to research and teaching, continuing professional education, knowledge and technology transfer, international cooperation, and self-governance.

Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (The Leibniz Association)

The Leibniz Association brings together 89 research institutes – including eight research museums – that cover almost every scientific discipline. The institutes of the Leibniz Association address questions that are of relevance to society, the economy and the environment. The Leibniz Association pays special attention to transferring knowledge to policymakers, academics, businesses and the public. Leibniz institutes maintain close collaborations with universities.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (The Max Planck Society)

The Max Planck Society has 83 institutes throughout Germany that are involved in basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is particularly interested in new, highly innovative lines of research and works very closely with universities and other research institutes in Germany and internationally.

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Society for German Sciences)

Some 3,000 companies, business associations and individuals have come together in Stifterverband to help advance science, research and education. The association sees itself as a thinktank, shines light on structural problems, develops solutions and sets them in motion via start-up funding.

Our partners

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany, as well as international cultural dialogue. Through its annually over 700 research fellowships and awards, it makes interdisciplinary research on transnational challenges possible. Moreover, the foundation gives impulses in fields like science communication and scientific policy.
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities unites scientists and scholars across national and disciplinary boundaries. Its headquarters are in Berlin and it has around 200 members. Its core tasks include research for the promotion of cultural heritage, investigating crucial future issues, and engaging in dialogue with the public.
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world's largest funding organization for international academic exchange. It awards scholarships to students, researchers and teachers, promotes cooperation between German universities and international partners and is the national agency for EU wide university cooperation. The DAAD is part of Germany's foreign cultural and educational policy and maintains a network of around 70 foreign offices and around 450 lecturers worldwide.
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften (The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina)

The Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina became the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina in 2008. The Leopoldina is not bound by economic or political interests. It addresses important social issues for the future from a scientific perspective, communicates its findings to policymakers and the public, and raises issues for discussion at a national and international level.
Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG)

The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) is Austria's independent research organization with a focus on the health sciences. Currently the LBG operates 19 research institutes and -clusters with about 550 employees. Acting according to its motto “Research for people”, the LBG deals with socially relevant research questions.
Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major foundations associated with a private company in Europe. Each year, it invests some €70 million in funding its own and external projects in the fields of international relations, education, civil society, culture, health and science. Since it was founded in 1964, the foundation has invested more than €1.2 billion in charitable programmes and has supported more than 20,000 projects.
Robert Bosch Stiftung

Wissenschaftsrat (The German Council of Science and Humanities)

The German Council of Science and Humanities has been advising Germany’s federal and state governments on matters of science policy since 1957. Its members – scientists, representatives of the federal and state governments, and public figures – work on behalf of the governments to draw up recommendations on developing the content and structure of science, research and higher education in Germany.