„Fecundat et ornat – it is fertilizing and decorating“. In accordance with this leading idea the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen has been founded by the Sovereign King George II., August of Great Britain, Elector of Hannover, in 1751. As one of the oldest institution of its kind in Germany, which has been in place continuously, the Göttingen Academy is able to look back at a long tradition with famous members, like the brothers Grimm, David Hilbert and Werner Heisenberg.
Today, the Academy in Göttingen is running 25 long-term projects of national and international fame and is the most prominent non-university institution in Lower Saxony in the field of basic research in the humanities; thereby it is relying more and more on the digitalisation of the research results. The Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities as its partner is breaking new ground for the electronic transfer of knowledge. Furthermore, the Academy is conducting research in eleven commissions, as well. The members of the Academy in Göttingen are organising colloquies, the lectures of which are published afterwards.
With its about 400 ordinary and corresponding members the Göttingen Academy is a building an unique network of competence in the region and worldwide. In the lecture series, the “Academies Week”, and in lecture evenings organised in the State Parliament of Lower Saxony and in the Representation of the Federal State of Lower Saxony at the Federal Government it is regularly addressing the public. Furthermore, the Academy is promoting prominent scientific accomplishments by awarding prices, especially to young scientists, who are standing at the beginning of their career.
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Executive Secretary: Dr Angelika Schade
Syndika: Dr Sabine Rickmann
Office, Media and Public Relations: Ulla Deppe | Adrienne Lochte
Office: Susanne Nöbel
Exchange of Documents: Christiane Wegener
Budget / Staff / Controlling: Michael Hanisch