acatech is a flexible working academy, as well as a science and business network. Outstanding scientists are
the driving force behind its core work, while experts from industry bring about a transfer of knowledge arising
from practical applications in industry. They engage in the core issues of science and technology and in policy
questions within a techno-political context. These issues are structured into topical networks that give rise to
project groups in which academy members work closely with external experts from science and business.
The results are presented to policy makers, the business sector and the interested public in scientific series,
symposia, fora and discussion panels. acatech is a non-profit agency. Its funding comes from the Federal
government and states. Additional funding is drawn from donations and project-specific third-party sources.
Main fields of work
acatech aims to emphasise the importance of future-oriented technologies through dialogue with the natural
and social sciences as well as the humanities. It crosses academic and national boundaries and builds a bridge
between the economy, science, politics and society. acatech provides neutral, fact and science-based
assessments of technology-related questions and strives to serve society with far-sighted recommendations
of excellent quality.
Committees / Main working groups
• Product Creation and Production
• Biotechnology and Bioeconomy
• Health Technologies
• Material Science and Material Engineering
• Information and Communication Technology
• Energy and Resources
• Mobility, Logistics,
• Aeronautics and Astronautics
• Society and Technology
The structure of the Academy
acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering is composed of three organs: the Executive Board,
the General Assembly and the Senate.
The General Assembly determines the objectives and working methods of the academy.
It sends five representatives to the Executive Board.
The Senate consists of well-known personalities from the economy, science and the world of politics.
The Senate advises the academy on strategic matters and, in particular, garners input from the business sector.
The Senate Committee provides two members of the Executive Board.
The Presidents and the Chairman of the Senate.
The Presidents of acatech are Reinhard Hüttl and Henning Kagermann. The Chairman of the Senate
is Ekkehard D. Schulz.
The Executive Board of acatech represents the two pillars of the academy
The Executive Board steers and represents the interests of the National Academy of Science and Engineering.
Its members are elected from the members of the General Assembly and the Senate Committee. The Secretary
General is attends but remains without voting rights. Two members of the Executive Board and their alternates
will emerge from the Senate, five members and their deputies are elected by the General Assembly.
Professor Ernst Rietschel as EU Representative of acatech supports the international activities of the academy.
Well-known scientists with an excellent reputation
The members of acatech are admitted into the organisation on the basis of their outstanding scientific achievements and excellent reputation.
ince acatech deals with a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary issues in science and technology,
members are drawn from engineering and the natural sciences, from engineering and the natural sciences. from the humanities and the social sciences.
The Senate Committee represents the Senate of the German Academy of Science and Engineering. Each member of the Senate Committee
is elected for a term of three years.
In addition to the General Assembly the Senate represents the second pillar of the Academy. The members of the Senate - Senators - advise
the academy on strategic matters and, in particular, garner input from the business sector. From the Senate, the Senate Committee is elected.
Besides the General Assembly, the Senate determines the Executive Board of the academy.
- This year’s “Innovation Dialogue” with Chancellor Angela Merkel and high-ranking representatives from business, science and society coordinated by acatech was dedicated to “Digital ecosystems and the future of value creation in the German economy” and “The potentials of human-machine interaction for innovation”.
- The project “Energy Systems of the Future” managed by acatech in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities aims to support the restructuring of the energy supply system in Germany. The project brings together more than 100 renowned scholars from numerous disciplines that develop policy options which provide a foundation for the broad societal discourse conducted by the “Research Forum Energiewende”.
- In 2015, acatech and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) published the “Innovation Indicator” for the first time jointly. The study compares the innovation performance of 35 leading industrialised countries and emerging economies and formulates recommendations on how to improve Germany’s competitiveness.