Union of the German Academies of Sciences

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The Union of the German Academies of Science , or Academies Union for short , is an amalgamation of the eight larger German Academies of Science :

The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is not a member, but there is a close cooperation.


The organized cooperation between the German Academies of Science began as early as 1893 in Leipzig with the establishment of the cartel by delegates from the Academies of Science in Göttingen, Munich, Leipzig and Vienna. In 1941 the National Socialists forcibly transformed the cartel into the Reich Academy of German Science and then into the Reich Association of German Academies of Science . In 1946 the Prussian Academy of Sciences was reopened as the "German Academy of Sciences in Berlin" by the Soviet military administration. In 1949 the academies in Göttingen, Munich and Heidelberg founded the Working Group of the German Academies of Sciences , which was renamed the Conference of the German Academies of Sciences in 1967 .

On January 1, 1999, the Conference of the German Academies of Sciences was renamed Union of German Academies of Sciences .


The Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities represents the common interests of the member academies with more than 2000 scientists from various disciplines. The aim is scientific exchange, ensuring research excellence, coordinating and carrying out joint research projects and promoting young academics.

The Academies Union coordinates the academies program , which is one of the largest and most important research programs in the humanities and cultural sciences in Germany. With a funding volume of 70.8 million euros, it comprises a total of 137 projects with 194 jobs (as of 2020) in the fields of theology, philosophy, history, literature and linguistics, art history and archeology, inscription and name research, musicology and basic research in the social and cultural studies.

The Union of German Academies of Science represents the individual academies abroad and sends representatives to national and international science organizations. It coordinates the research projects of the individual academies, carries out joint research projects and represents its member academies externally. She is a member of the All European Academies (ALLEA), the Amaldi Conference, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN) and the Union Académique Internationale (UAI).

The Union also conducts press and public relations work and organizes joint events on current scientific topics. Once a year, the Academies Union organizes the Academy Day, the joint event of all member academies, where they present their research to a broad public.


Together with the German Academy for Language and Poetry , the Union of German Academies of Sciences participates in the public discussion on the development of the German language with a 'Report on the State of the German Language', which appears at irregular intervals. The report is intended to provide scientifically sound information on topics of particular interest within the public discourse. The first report was devoted to the topic "Wealth and Poverty of the German Language", the second report to the aspect "Diversity and Unity of the German Language".

Together with the Max Weber Foundation, the Academies Union is organizing the "Spiritual Science in Dialogue" series of events at which current issues from science, culture and society are discussed.

The Academies Union is a member of the Council for German Spelling .

Since 2007, the Academies Union has also been one of the sponsors of the non-profit think tank Foundation New Responsibility , which has set itself the goal of networking and promoting excellent young talent in Germany.

The Union Academies, under the leadership of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences - participate in the important task of providing science-based advice to society and politics. In interdisciplinary working groups, members of the academy and other experts develop statements on current topics for politics and society.


The current president is Hanns Hatt , while the vice-presidents are Edwin Kreuzer and Thomas O. Höllmann .

It has been institutionalized as a registered association since 1991 and operates an office in Mainz and an office in Berlin .


  • Conrad Grau : The science academies in German society: The "cartel" from 1893 to 1940. In: Christoph J. Scriba (ed.), The elite of the nation in the Third Reich. The relationship of academies and their scientific environment to National Socialism (Acta historica Leopoldina; 22). Halle / Saale 1995, pp. 31-56.

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