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Members and partners of WiD

Members of Wissenschaft im Dialog are leading German scientific organisations, associations and research funders. To put the process of science communication on as broad a footing as possible, Wissenschaft im Dialog especially seeks partners that are engaged in joint projects within the limited non-profit liability company. These partners enrich the work of the steering committee by participating as guests.

Our members

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.

acatech

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. 

Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen

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

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. 

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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.

Deutscher Verband Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

With more than 23,000 employees, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. It currently runs 67 institutes and research facilities throughout Germany and operates a number of sites and offices around the world. Its clients are industrial companies, service providers and the public sector. Its research topics are health, security, communication, mobility, energy and production.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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.

Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte

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.  

Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

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.

Hochschulrektorenkonferenz

Klaus Tschira Stiftung (The Klaus Tschira Society) 

Klaus Tschira Stiftung promotes the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science with the aim of boosting appreciation for these subjects. It is active throughout Germany and its work begins in kindergartens and continues on through schools, universities and research institutes. The foundation champions new approaches to communicating scientific content.

Klaus Tschira Stiftung

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.

Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

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.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

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.

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

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.

Wissenschaftsrat

Our partners

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 18 research institutes and -clusters with about 600 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