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.
– In March 2019, acatech launched the Circular Economy Initiative Germany bringing together economic, scientific and societal stakeholders to develop a joint vision on how the transformation towards a Circular Economy in Germany could be fostered. acatech Vice-Presidents Thomas Weber and Reinhard F. Hüttl chair the initiative.
– In June 2019, the Innovation Dialogue with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Minister for Research Anja Karliczek, Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier, Head of the Chancellery Helge Braun and the Steering Group, chaired by Henning Kagermann, dealt with impulses for the German innovation system through competition with China.
– In July 2019, the National Platform Artificial Intelligence, led by the Minister for Research Anja Karliczek and acatech President Karl-Heinz Streibich, held its annual conference and presented publications on different topics, such as intelligent mobility, machine and deep learning, man-machine interaction, and AI and discrimination.