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Head Office

The head office’s task is to provide support to the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR) to act, communicate and make decisions through its activities and services.

The organisational structure of the head office corresponds to the main areas of responsibility of the WR. The specialist departments and units coordinate and support the work of the committees and working groups of the WR in terms of planning and logistics; in particular, they are responsible for preparing the content of the WR recommendations and position statements on issues pertaining to science policy. On average, the head office supervises around 40 to 45 working groups in parallel. The WR head office, which currently has about 100 employees, is headed up by Secretary General Thomas May.


Head Office
f the German Science and Humanities Council
Scheidtweilerstraße 4
50933 Cologne

Phone: +49 (0)221 3776-0 (or extension)
E-mail: post(at)wissenschaftsrat.de or surname(at)wissenschaftsrat.de


Organisational chart of the head office (German version only)

The WR head office is divided into the following areas:
_ Management: Chairperson; Secretary General
_ Units: Communications and Public Relations; Knowledge and Information Management
_ Departments: Tertiary Education; Research Policy; Excellence Strategy; Evaluation; Higher Education Investment and Accreditation; Medicine; Central Services

Organisationsplan der Geschäftsstelle des Wissenschaftsrats Organisationsplan der Geschäftsstelle des Wissenschaftsrats