Founding date: 2002
Number of members: 500
Number foreign members: 38
Management and Staff: 101
Annual Budget: 13.455.430 € (2018)
Financing and sources:
Public funding • 12.285.586 €
Other • 1.169.844 €
acatech provides independent, evidence-based advice on strategic engineering and technology policy issues to policymakers and the public. It brings together science, industry and civil society. The Academy’s Members are prominent scientists from the fields of engineering, the natural sciences and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences. The Senate is made up of leading figures from technology companies and organisations and the major science organisations.
The academy’s projects are collaborations between its scientific Members and external experts from science and industry. The results are communicated to policymakers, industry, academia and interested members of the public through publications and events.
The National Academy of Science and Engineering is a non-profit organisation that relies on a mix of private donations and public funding from the Federal Government and the Länder.
acatech provides effective structures for the science-based discussion of strategic technology issues. Experts from science, industry and civil society develop evidence-based proposals as input for the public and policy debate. The themes covered range from resources and the energy supply to technological developments, securing the supply of qualified specialists and technology communication.
– Digital and Self-learning
– Energy & resources
– Healthcare Technologies
– Technology & Society
– Work & Education
The structure of the Academy
The academy’s goals and working methods are determined by the scientific Members in the General Assembly. The members of the Senate advise the academy on strategic issues and play an especially important role in channelling proposals from industry. The academy’s Executive Board is proposed by the Board of Trustees and appointed by the General Assembly and Senate.
The Executive Board is responsible for the academy’s management and for representing it externally. acatech’s current Presidents are Dieter Spath and 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”.