The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences has been constituted in 1990 and since that time has always been committed to its founding idea of assembling the land’s eminent scientists for the purpose of interdisciplinary discussion and independent research. Until today it is a scholarly society and a modern non-university research institution in one. It organises scientific conferences and public lectures und promotes young scientists, e.g. through programmes such as the WIN-Kolleg and by awarding of research-prices.
As ordinary fellows the Academy is adopting researchers, who have accomplished a distinctive scientific output. At present it is running 22 research projects, which are covering a broad range of disciplines, including the elaboration of the comment to the main works of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, bringing together, systemizing and adding to the already achieved research results.
Another research project, „The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans“, is focusing on the reconstruction of the spatiotemporal patterns of migration of the hominine in Africa, Asia and Europe between 3 Million and 20.000 years ago, and is shedding light on the natural and cultural preconditions of their expansion. An example for a new research project (since 2014) is “The religio- and legal historical sources of the pre-modern Nepal”. The Academy is situated in the former grand ducal palace below the Heidelberg Castle.
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Secretary of the Class of Philology and History:
Prof. Dr Axel Michaels (Indologist)
Secretary of the Class of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:
Prof. Dr Hans-Georg Kräusslich (Medicine)
Executive Secretary: Dr Schallum Werner
Development programme and Library: Heidemarie Herburger
Media and Public Relations: Dr Herbert von Bose | Uta Hüttig
IT: Andreas Dafferner | Dr. Rüdiger Siebert
Office: Stephanie Fuchs | Friederike Busse
Administration: Georg Broß | Ditta Müller-Wolkenstein | Kathleen Schulz
Technique: Richard Gänzler