Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

founded in 1909

The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences has been constituted in 1909 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.

  • Selected projects of the academy

    Author's dictionary of Goethe

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ölgemälde von Joseph Karl Stieler, 1828 Wikimedia Commons
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    The role of culture in early expansions of humans

    Prof. Dr. Nicholas J. Conard (einen der Forschungsstellenleiter) in Südafrika an einer Fundstelle Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universität Tübingen
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    Commentary on Nietzsche

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Porträt von F. Hartmann, 1874 F. Hartmann
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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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Executive Committee

Prof. Dr Thomas W. Holstein



Secretary of the Class of Philology and History:
Prof. Dr Axel Michaels (Indologist)

Secretary of the Class of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:
Prof. Dr Matthias Kind (Thermal Process Engineering)


Executive Secretary:  Dr Schallum Werner

Science Administration and Digital Infrastructure: Dr Dieta Svoboda-Baas

Media and Public Relations: Dr Herbert von Bose | Uta Hüttig

Development Programme, Library, Publications: Heidemarie Herburger

IT: Andreas Dafferner | Dr. Rüdiger Siebert

Office: Stephanie Fuchs

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