Science Council (Germany)

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The Science Council is the most important scientific policy advisory body in Germany . It was founded on September 5, 1957 and advises the federal and state governments on issues relating to the further development of the university system in terms of content and structure as well as state funding for research institutions . The seat is in Cologne .


The Science Council mainly fulfills its advisory function by developing recommendations, which are also published. These recommendations can relate to individual scientific institutions ( universities , universities of applied sciences , non-university research institutions) as well as overarching issues of the science system (e.g. university access, teacher training , university medicine ).

In addition, the Science Council has taken on a number of individual tasks over the years:

Previous chair
Surname year
from to
Helmut Coing 1958 1961
Ludwig Raiser 1961 1965
Hans Leussink 1965 1969
Reimar Lüst 1969 1972
Theodor Heidhues 1972 1976
Wilhelm A. Kewenig 1976 1979
Andreas Heldrich 1979 1982
Hans-Jürgen Engell 1982 1985
Heinz Heckhausen 1985 1987
Kurt Kochsiek 1987 1989
Dieter Simon 1989 1993
Gerhard Neuweiler 1993 1994
Karl-Heinz Hoffmann 1994 1996
Dagmar Schipanski 1996 1998
Winfried Schulze 1998 2001
Karl Max Einhäupl 2001 2006
Peter straw cutter 2006 2011
Wolfgang Marquardt 2011 2014
Manfred Prenzel 2014 2017
Martina Brockmeier 2017 2020
Dorothea Wagner 2020

Sponsorship and organization

The bodies responsible for the body are the federal and state governments. The General Assembly of the Science Council consists of two equal commissions. The Scientific Commission consists of 24 scientists and 8 representatives from public life. They are appointed by the Federal President. The 24 scientists are proposed jointly by the German Research Foundation , Leibniz Association , the University Rectors' Conference , Max Planck Society , Helmholtz Association and the Fraunhofer Society . The 8 representatives of public life are proposed jointly by federal and state governments. The administrative commission consists of one delegated representative from each of the sixteen federal states and six representatives from the federal government, although the latter have 16 votes, so that the administrative commission also has 32 votes. General meetings of the Science Council take place every quarter and must pass resolutions with a two-thirds majority. The office of the Science Council is in Cologne. There around 80 employees - 40 of them scientists - oversee the work of the Science Council in its committees and committees. The chairman of the Science Council is appointed for one year and represents the Science Council externally.

Great social challenges (GgH)

In a position paper entitled Great Social Challenges , the Science Council calls for “knowledge of ecological, technological, social, cultural and economic aspects of a transformation process to be merged or flexibly recombined.” Internationally used terms for Great Social Challenges are “societal challenges ”or“ grand challenges ”.

See also


  • Olaf Bartz: The Science Council. Lines of Development of Science Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany 1957–2007. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-515-09074-2 .
  • Olaf Bartz: Science Council and University Planning. Mission statement change and planning processes in the Federal Republic of Germany between 1957 and 1975 , dissertation, Cologne 2005. (available as an electronic resource )
  • Hans Christian Röhl : The Science Council. Cooperation between science, the federal government and the states and their legal determinants , Nomos, Baden-Baden 1994, ISBN 3-7890-3480-0 .
  • Andreas Stucke: The Science Council . In: Falk, Svenja / Rehfeld, Dieter / Römmele, Andrea / Thunert, Martin (Hrsg.): Handbuch Politikberatung. VS Verlag, Wiesbaden 2006, ISBN 978-3-531-14250-0 , pp. 248-254.

Web links


  1. z. B. Hans-Heinrich Trute : Research between freedom of fundamental rights and state institutionalization: the law of science as the right of cooperative administrative processes. Tübingen 1994, p. 704
  2. On the science policy discourse on major societal challenges @ (PDF 356 KB), April 2015, accessed January 28, 2017
  3. Great social challenges @, Joachim Funke, Psychological Institute Heidelberg, accessed January 28, 2017