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National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)



acatech Geschaftsstelle
Karolinenplatz 4
80333 München - Germany

Brussels Office
Rue d’Egmont 13
B-1000 Brussels


T. +49 89 52 03 09-0 | F. +49 89 52 03 09-900

T. +32  2 213 81 80 l F. +32 2 213 81 89

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Founding date: 15 February 2002
Number of members: 468
Number foreign members: 23
Management and Staff: 84
Annual Budget: 10.645.000 € (for 2015 only)
Financing and sources: Public funding • 7.890.000 €
Other • 2.755.000 €




Dieter SPATH



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

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
• Nanotechnology
• Security

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.

Senate Committee

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.

Highlights 2016

  • German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, provided a keynote speech on “Human-Machine Interaction” at the 2016 acatech Annual Conference in Berlin.
  • In 2016, the “Innovation Dialogue” with Chancellor Angela Merkel and high-ranking representatives from business, science and society, coordinated by acatech, focused on two topics “Innovation Potential of Biotechnology” and “Modern Forms of Knowledge and Technology Transfer”.
  • During the two-day Annual Conference related to 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, participants discussed the inclusion of social groups in Germany’s energy transition (“Energiewende”). The project brings together more than 100 renowned scholars from numerous disciplines that develop scientifically sound policy options aimed at supporting the restructuring of the energy supply system in Germany.
Annual Report 2014-2015