The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany brings together the top research organisations in Germany. It regularly issues statements on key issues of research policy. Members of the Alliance are the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).
Open letter to Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán (1 July 2019)
Final Memorandum of the campaign Freedom is Our System conducted by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany (Memorandum from 27 August 2019)
Position paper from the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany on the potential inclusion of digital sequence information of genetic resources into the framework of the Nagoya Protocol and the Conven-tion on Biological Diversity (Position paper vom 9 February 2018)
Statement on the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe (FP9) (Statement from 26 June 2018 (english))
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards fellowships and research awards to outstanding researchers and fosters cooperation between foreign and German academics, strengthening the German research landscape through international exchange. Through the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Foundation provides universities and research institutions in Germany with the means to host at-risk researchers for a period of 24 months on a fully funded research fellowship.
The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies.
The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives.
Helmholtz contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science, and the economy through top-level scientific achievements in six Research Fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, and Aeronautics, Space, and Transport. With more than 40,000 employees at 19 Research Centers and an annual budget of around 4.8 billion euros, Helmholtz is the largest scientific organisation in Germany. Its work is rooted in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821–1894).
The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) is the association of public and government-recognised universities in Germany. The member institutions are represented in the HRK by their executive boards and rectorates. The HRK currently has 268 member institutions, in which around 94 per cent of all students in Germany are enrolled.
The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions that range in focus from natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct basic and applied research, maintain scientific infrastructure, and provide research-based services.
The Leopoldina is a classical scholarly society and has 1,600 members from almost all branches of science. In 2008, the Leopoldina was appointed as the German National Academy of Sciences and, in this capacity, was invested with two major objectives: representing the German scientific community internationally and providing policymakers and the public with science-based advice.
The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organisation. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The more than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes – and many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.
The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) provides advice to the German Federal Government and the State (Länder) Governments on the structure and development of higher education and research.