The Bavarian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1759 by the Elector Max III. Joseph, is one of the oldest and – according to the number of the members of staff, the research programme and the budget – the largest of the eight German Länder-Academies. Since more than 200 years it is committed to its tasks as traditional learned society, non-university research institution and as a hoard of a vivid scientific discourse. The Academy has about 175 ordinary members (being situated in Bavaria) and 150 corresponding members, who all have substantially contributed to the increase of the current stock of knowledge. Furthermore, since 2010 the Young College is offering to young researchers financial funding and a top-quality platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue.
As a research institution of international rank the Academy is conducting basic research in the humanities and the natural sciences – often in co-operation with universities and research institutions. The focal point of the Academy lies on doing research in long-term projects, which are forming the basis for further investigations and are saving our cultural heritage, e.g. by the elaboration of critical editions (as the Max-Weber-Edition or the Richard Strauss-Edition), of scientific dictionaries (like the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae) and of exactly conducted measurement-series (like the Glacial Research and the Satellite Geodesy). Furthermore, the Academy is operating the Walther-Meißner-Institute für Cryogenic Research (www.wmi.badew.de) and the Leibniz-Datacentre (www.lrz.de), which is one of the three national maximum-capacity-datacentres in Germany.
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Prof. Dr Hendrik Birus (Literary Scholar), Section I
Prof. Dr Alfons Bürge (Legal Scholars), Section II
Prof. Dr Arndt Bode (Computer Scientist), Section III
Prof. Dr Susanne S. Renner (Biologist), Section IV
Executive Secretary: Bianca Marzocca
Media: Dr Ellen Latzin
Conception and Organisation of Events: Simone Sokolis
Scientific Consultant: Dr Elisabeth Schepers
Staff: Heike Bein
Office: Alrun Arabi | Irene Häberle
Library and Exchange of Documents: Karin Schwenke
Archive: Dr Genoveva Rausch M.A.