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Academy

North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

founded in 1970

The North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts was founded in 1970 as the successor of the Association for Research of North-Rhine-Westphalia, which was initiated by the former Prime Minister Karl Arnold in 1950. The aim and purpose of this consolidation of the natural and technical sciences was to scientifically advise the government of North-Rhine-Westphalia during the post-war reconstruction. The construction of the Karl-Arnold-House in Düsseldorf in 1960 gave the association its own building in which it could fulfil its tasks. In 1970 it was renamed the “Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences”. From 1993 until 2008 it was called “North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences”.


North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

Palmenstraße 16
40217 Düsseldorf
Tel. 0211 / 617 34-0
Fax 0211 / 617 34-500

awk@awk.nrw.de

awk.nrw.de


The North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences is the first academy in Germany to adopt the arts into a class of its own.

In 2008 the Federal Government of North-Rhine-Westphalia decided to enlarge the Academy by a fourth class, the class of the arts. Since then, the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences has become the first academy in Germany to adopt the arts into a class of its own. Its first members were accepted in 2009. Today the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy is divided into three scientific classes and one class of the arts. Since 2006, the academy has also supported young researchers and artists. The Young College in the academy is a place for unrestricted research and transdisciplinary dialogue. It is open to both post-doctoral candidates as well as outstanding artistic talent from North-Rhine-Westphalia, who are not older than 36.

Executive Committee

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Löwer

President
Legal Studies

wolfgang.loewer@awk.nrw.de

 

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hammerstaedt

Vice President and Secretary for the Humanities
Papyrology

Vice Secretary
Prof. em. Dr. Michael Wolter
Theology

 

Prof. Dr. Schober

Vice President and Secretary for Natural Sciences and Medical Science
Nuclear Medicine

Vice Secretary
Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer
Theoretical Physics

 

Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer

Vice President and Secretary for Engineering and Economics
History

Vice Secretary
Prof. Dr. Franz J. Rammig
Computer Sciences

 

Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Thurn

Vice President and Secretary for the Arts
Sociology

Vice Secretary
Prof. Dr. Peter M. Lynen
Art and Law

 


Office

Christiane Dusch

General Secretary
 

christiane.dusch@awk.nrw.de

 

Esther Polito

Advisor Academy Program

esther.polito@awk.nrw.de

Dirk Winkelmann

Accounting Academy Program
 

dirk.winkelmann@awk.nrw.de