Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

founded in 1751

„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.

  • Selected projects of the academy

    The German Inscriptions of the Middle Ages

    Epigraphiker bei der Arbeit Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    Scholarly Journals and Newspapers

    Gelehrte Journale und Zeitungen als Netzwerke des Wissens im Zeitalter der Aufklärung Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    Johann Friedrich Blumenbach-Online

    Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    Hebrew and Aramaic Dictionary on Dead Sea texts - Qumran encyclopaedia

    Schriftrollenhöhle, Qumran-Lexikon Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
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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 Committee

Prof. Dr Andreas Gardt


Prof. Dr Annette Zippelius


2. Vice-President and Chairman of the Class of Philology and History
Prof. Dr Jens Peter Laut



Executive Secretary: Dr Angelika Schade

Secretary, Meeting and Event Organization, Human Resources: Ulla Deppe

Secretary, Yearbook, Abhandlungen: Gabriele Röder

Academic Management: Dr Marion Freerk

Science Management: Bärbel Lange

Finances, Human Resources, Controlling: Michael Hanisch

Human Resources: Birgit Jahnel

Press and Public Relations: Adrienne Lochte

IT Project Manager: Dr Thomas Bode

Publication Exchange and Archive: Christiane Wegener

Facility Management: Werner Jahnel

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