Founding date: 2002
Number of members: 496
Number foreign members: 23
Management and Staff: 84
Annual Budget: 11.230.864 € (2017)
Financing and sources:
Public funding • 7.787.830 €
Other • 2.443.034 €
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.
– Digital and Self-learning
– Energy & resources
– Healthcare Technologies
– Technology & Society
– Work & Education
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 comprises prominent figures from technology companies and organisations, the science organisations and government.
– The Senate advises the academy on strategic matters and, in particular, garthers 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 Karl-Heinz STREIBICH and Dieter SPATH.
– The Chairman of the Senate is Karl-Heinz Streibich.
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. 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.
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. Since acatech deals with a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary issues in science and technology, members are drawn from engineering and the natural sciences and 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, garther input from the business sector. The Senate Committee is elected from the Senate.
– On 8 May 2018, on the occasion of the handover ceremony of the presidency of acatech from the outgoing president Henning Kagermann to Karl-Heinz Streibich, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a continuation of the innovation dialogue between the Federal Government, industry, and science as well as the transformation of the National Platform for Electromobility into a National Platform Future Mobility which comprises all aspects of mobility including sector coupling.
– On 16 October 2018, acatech celebrated its tenth anniversary as a National Academy. The anniversary celebrations were dedicated to the future direction of acatech as well as to the topics of artificial intelligence, and the future of the workplace. In addition, Stefan Oschmann, CEO of Merck, highlighted new developments in the field of biotechnology in his keynote speech.
– On 3 December 2018, experts from the National Platform “Learning Systems”, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on Artificial Intelligence, together with professionals from science, business and society discussed how self-learning systems are revolutionising the economy and everyday life. The platform is chaired by Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research and acatech President Karl-Heinz Streibich.
– On December 4 2018, the Innovation Dialogue with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Minister for Research Anja Karliczek, the Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier and the Steering Group, chaired by Henning Kagermann dealt with the topic: “Strengths and Weaknesses of the German Innovation System”.
– In October 2018, a publication on blockchain technology was issued within the framework of the acatech new HORIZONTE series. This new series highlights fields of technology that are literally emergent on the horizon, but whose effects are still uncertain. This series combines dialogue and technological science advice.
– On 18 May 2017, the acatech Academy Day on Cybersecurity in a Connected Economy was held in Wiesbaden. During the event, the Hessian Minister of Justice Eva Kühne-Hörmann together with Johannes Buchmann, TU Darmstadt / CRISP, Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO Software AG, Hauke Stars, CEO Deutsche Börse AG, and numerous Fellows of acatech as well as other experts discussed how the openness of systems and security can be reconciled.
– On 17 October 2017, at the acatech annual meeting, Heinz Riesenhuber, former Federal Minister of Research and Technology, held a keynote speech on innovation politics and pointed out the role of partnerships and the need of dialogue between science, industry and the general public.
– In 2017, two Innovation Dialogues with Chancellor Angela Merkel, ministers and the Steering Group, chaired by Henning Kagermann took place on the topic of: “Germany’s role in European Innovation Policy” and “Strengthening Disruptive Technologies”.