The Alliance gives its members’ opinions greater weight when it comes to making their voices heard on relevant science issues. It is our shared aim to strengthen the German science system in all its facets.
Hans-Christian Pape, President ∙ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Science has a powerful voice when it acts as a community of strong partners. With nearly 100 years of experience as the internationalisation agency of German universities, the DAAD is able to contribute to the success of the Alliance. Due to the diversity of its members, the Alliance is able to draw on the strengths of the German science system, including its enormous appeal for international students, researchers and teachers.
Joybrato Mukherjee, President ∙ German Academic Exchange Service
The efficiency of the German science system is based not least on the diverse range of research and funding types it offers. This diversity is the institutional expression of the high degree of academic freedom we enjoy in Germany, and this is reflected to the full in the collaborative work done by the Alliance of Science Organisations: together, we strengthen the complementary nature of the different approaches to funding while at the same time coordinating on key questions and issues so to enable excellent cutting-edge research on a lasting basis.
Katja Becker, President ∙ German Research Foundation
The major German science organisations have worked together for more than seventy years in good faith and on a results-oriented basis. This close cooperation and mutual trust between science organisations, ranging from basic research to applied research, makes it possible to make the most of the complementary strengths and diversity of the organisations so as to sustainably strengthen and further develop the German innovation system.
Reimund Neugebauer, President ∙ Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
It is vital for the leading German science organisations to join forces and coordinate closely in political and social discourse. In this way, they can make an essential contribution to the national and international positioning of Germany as a research base. The Alliance’s joint initiatives and statements have become a key driving force for the German science system
Otmar Wiestler, President ∙ Helmholtz Association
The Alliance is a valuable forum for science precisely because it is not a formal association. When the organisations raise their voices together, they send out a signal that cannot be ignored. What is more, regular dialogue is important in order to sound out possibilities and forms of cooperation, common interests and also potential lines of conflict between higher education institutions, non-university institutions and other actors. In the interest of Germany’s higher education institutions, the HRK is committed to a vibrant Alliance of Science Organisations.
Peter-André Alt, President ∙ German Rectors’ Conference
It is more important now than ever before for the major science and research organisations in Germany to speak with a single voice. In this way, they can contribute to addressing the challenges facing society and to finding possible solutions based on scientific expertise.
Gerald Haug, President ∙ German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
As demonstrated by global challenges such as the coronavirus crisis and climate change, it is vital for us to work together to strengthen Germany as a research hub so as to create synergies rather than competition. The Alliance is a model of how a science system can be ideally networked with organisations prioritising common goals for research and research policy – not least in order to remain strong internationally.
Martin Stratmann, President ∙ Max Planck Society
The Alliance of Science Organisations is an association of highly diverse players within the German science system. And that’s just the way it should be! It is precisely through their diverse perspectives that the members of the Alliance contribute to the continuous development of the science system in Germany – in order for it to remain strong and internationally competitive in the long term.
Dorothea Wagner, Chair ∙ German Science and Humanities Council