Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig

founded in 1846

Since its foundation in 1846 as Royal Saxon Society of Sciences the Saxon Academy is following the tradition of the academy concept shaped by Leibniz assembling as learned society leading scientists of different disciplines to a regularly discourse and providing a platform for them, where long-term research in the region of  Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia can be conducted.

  • Selected projects of the academy

    Dictionary of references to the oldest German language (Thesaurus)

    Archivkasten AHDWb
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    The Leipzig edition of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s works

    Bartholdy Vorhaben Verlag Breitkopf und Härtel
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    European Traditions - Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture

    Europäische Traditionen Vorhaben Markus Scholz
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  • Selected projects of the academy

    German Inscriptions

    Magdeburg, Dom, Sarkophag der Eggela († n. 1064) mit Sterbevermerk, 2. V. 13. Jahrhundert Hans Fuhrmann
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At present, there are over 20 projects run by the academy, many of which in close cooperation with universities, institutions of higher education and non-university research organisations. So the elaboration of scientific concise dictionaries has a long tradition at the Saxon Academy which means that there are voluminous collections of material which are dealt with in accordance with modern philological methods, then summarized in databases and finally are printed. Another focal point of the research, done in this academy, lies on history, regional studies and on the elaboration of commented editions of works and letters. Furthermore, projects of the history of science and the history of mind including all three classes and are reaching out to other academies of sciences.

The Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig has founded the Young Forum in order to stronger support young scientists in Central Germany and to stronger involve them in the academic discourse. In this forum excellent young scientists get the possibility to contribute to the academic dialogue, to build interdisciplinary networks with other young scientists in Central Germany and to participate in shaping the Academies’ Programme.

With the Academies’ Forum and the Academies’ Colloquium the Saxon Academy has created series of events, in which experts from science and politics are contributing to debates on current societal subjects and on various subjects of science policy, and at the same time creating a dialogue over disciplines which is carried forward in the Academies’ Journal “Denkströme”, as well.

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Executive Committee

Prof. Dr Hans Wiesmeth

Prof. Dr med. habil. Joachim Mössner
Medical Doctors


Secretary of the Class of Philology and History:
Prof. Dr Wolfgang Huschner

Prof. Dr Hans Ulrich Schmid

Secretary of the Class of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences:
Prof. Dr habil. Michael Göttfert

Prof. Dr Manfred Wendisch

Secretary of the Class of the Technical Sciences:
Prof. Dr Wilfried Hofmann

Prof. Dr Jens Haueisen


Executive Secretary: Dr Christian Winter

Office: Antonia Engelhardt

Budget and Finances: Alexander Dill

Media and Public Relations | Agnes Silberhorn | Nicole Kleindienst, M.A.

editor “Denkströme”: Stephanie Kießling

Publications: Michael Hübner | Barbara Zwiener

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