The Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz is an affiliation of personalities from science, literature and music, which is operating beyond regional borders. It is serving the cultivation of sciences, literature and music and is thereby contributing to the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage. The Academy is a location of dialogue, having its focus on the exchange of knowledge beyond disciplines.It has been founded on Juli 9th, 1949 on an initiative of Alfred Döblin and of former members of the Prussian Academy of Sciences with support of the French military administration and of the Federal Government of Rhineland-Palatinate.Being the only scientific academy in Germany uniting scientists, authors and since 2009 musical composers, as well, it is assembling three classes under its roof. Its members are elected from everywhere in Germany and its research foci are lying on the humanities, especially on huge projects, elaborating editions and dictionaries, encyclopaedias and documentations. With the implementation of a Digital Academy there has been created an interface to the “Digital Humanities”. Another main task of the Academy in Mainz is the coordination of fourteen projects of the musical sciences, like the Edition of the works of Brahms, Gluck and Schönberg.
With the Joseph-Breitbach-Award the Academy is bestowing a literature price endowed with the highest price money. Recently, there have been added the Robert Schumann-Prize for Poetry and Music as well as the Sibylle Kalkhof-Rose-Academy Award for the Humanities. With the Academy-Award of Rhineland-Palatinate special achievements in the field of studies and research are honoured.With symposia, dedicated to society-relevant subjects, with lectures, concerts and events for pupils and students the Academy is presenting its work to a wider audience. With the “Mainz Scientific Dialogues” the Academy has begun to address the younger generation of researchers.
In 2016 the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz with the financial support of the Thyssen Foundation has established a Young Academy in order to further promote scientific young talents. The temporary membership in this "Young Academy" is limited to four years and has the aim to support excellent young scientific talents to pursue their scientific career and at the same time to further expand their scientific networks. A special emphasis lies on the integrative character of the “Young Academy”, aiming at the promotion of the dialogue between young excellent scientists not only across disciplinary borders, but also accross the generations.
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Executive Secretary: Prof. Dr Claudius Geisler
Science Management and Co-ordination: Dr Johannes Bernwieser
Public Relations: Petra Plättner | Aglaia Bianchi
Head of the Office: Gisela Neuheuser
Library and Exchange of Documents: Ruth Zimmermann