AcademiaNet Partners

AcademiaNet is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with Spektrum der Wissenschaft as well as respected partners from academia and the business community.

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  • (DE) The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major foundations associated with a private company in Germany. It was founded in 1964 and continues the charitable work of the founder of the company and foundation, Robert Bosch (1861-1942). The foundation is primarily active in the areas of international understanding, education, health and science.


  • (DE) The publisher Spektrum der Wissenschaft belongs to the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck and presents recent research findings to the general public in its journals and on the Internet. In addition to putting out its five basic publications, the publisher has increased its dedication to communicating advances in science via the Internet and to developing appropriate web sites for this.


  • (GB) Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases, and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine.

Our partners from the business and scientific communities

Our carefully selected and well-qualified partners vouch for the outstanding qualifications of the women academics and scientists in AcademiaNet. It is not possible for academics to apply directly to be added to the database. Our partners appointed high-ranking persons to the steering committee, which then agreed on a set of standards for all of the partners to use when nominating candidates for AcademiaNet.



  • (DE) acatech represents the German science and technology communities at home and abroad. As a working academy, acatech advises policy-makers and society on future technological issues, supports the transfer of knowledge between science and business, and supports the next generation in the sciences and technology.


    » Women academics nominated by acatech

  • (DE) The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes cooperative scientific projects between excellent German researchers and their international counterparts. It awards more than 800 research fellowships and research prizes each year. More than 24000 scientists and academics from more than 130 countries are members of its alumni network.


    » Women academics nominated by the Humboldt Foundation

  • (DE) The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities – formerly the Prussian Academy of Sciences – is a learned society that transcends national and disciplinary boundaries. It is also the largest non-university research institution for the humanities in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. While the Academy focuses on interdisciplinary and cultural research, it also makes a priority of fostering dialogue between society and scholarship.


    » Women academics nominated by the BBAW

  • (FR) The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is a publicly-funded research organisation under the authority of the French Ministry in charge of research, and the largest basic research public organisation in Europe. It boasts 20 Nobel Laureates, 12 Fields Medals and a Turing Award. In 2014, it ranked first in Nature Index and Scimago institutional ranking in terms of publications.


    » Women academics nominated by the CNRS

  • (DK) The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) is an independent organization committed to funding outstanding research at the highest international level at the frontiers of all research fields.


    » Women academics nominated by the DNRF

  • (DK) The Danish Council for Independent Research funds specific research activities based on scientists' own initiatives. Moreover, the Council provides advice in all scientific areas for the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, the Danish Parliament and the Government. The primary aim of the Council is to support and promote the most original research ideas and initiatives in Denmark. On an annual basis, the Council awards 600 grants to research projects amounting to well over DKK 1 billion in total.


    » Women academics nominated by the DFF

  • (DE) The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is a German institution that brings together excellent scientists, whose science-based expertise allows them to advise policy-makers and society. At the international level, the Leopoldina, together with other national academies, apply their expertise to the European Union and the G8 countries.


    » Women academics nominated by the Leopoldina

  • (DE) The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the central self-governing body of science and research in Germany and the largest funding organisation for basic research in Europe. With a budget of €2.3 billion, it funds over 20,000 projects each year in all branches of science and the humanities.


    » Women academics nominated by the DFG

  • (EE) Estonian Research Council is the major Estonian research funding organization, research information processor and analyzer, international research cooperation developer and science communication promoter.


  • The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has been promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences in Europe since 1964. EMBO publishes four scientific journals and reaches out to scientists worldwide with funding, training and networks.


    » Women academics nominated by the EMBO

  • The European Research Council (ERC) aims to enhance the dynamic character, creativity and excellence of European research at the frontiers of knowledge. The ERC budget of € 7.5 billion for the period 2007 to 2013 supports ERC grantees, selected through highly competitive peer review evaluations, across all fields of research.


    » Women ERC grantees

  • (FI) The Academy of Finland is a leading public funding agency for cutting-edge scientific research in Finland, acts as a science policy expert and strengthens the position of science and research. In 2013, the Academy’s budget for research funding is about 317 million euros.


    » Women academics nominated by the Academy of Finland

  • (AT) For more than 40 years, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has been Austria's central organisation for funding and promoting basic research. Like the DFG, the FWF is committed to treating all disciplines equally. It is guided in its efforts by the standards of the international scientific community. In 2010, it awarded research funding in the amount of €171.8 million.
    To the mission statement of the FWF


    » Women academics nominated by the FWF

  • (B) The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) is the agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental research at the universities of the Flemish Community. The FWO also stimulates cooperation between the Flemish universities and other research institutes.


    » Women academics nominated by the FWO

  • (DE) The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe, with 59 institutes throughout Germany and subsidiaries worldwide. Approximately two-thirds of the Gesellschaft's yearly research budget of €1.6 billion is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.


    » Women academics nominated by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

  • (DE) The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres is comprised of 16 centres carrying our research in the natural sciences, technology, medicine and biology; they have formed a community in order to work together toward solving major, urgent social, scientific and economic problems.


    » Women academics nominated by the Helmholtz Association

  • (DE) Die German Rectors' Conference (HRK) is the voluntary association of state and state-recognised universities in Germany. The HRK addresses the topics of research, teaching, studies, advanced continuing education and training, knowledge and technology transfer, international cooperation, and self-administration issues.


    » Women academics nominated by the HRK

  • HFSP is an international program that funds frontier research in the life sciences. The support extends across continental boundaries and scientific disciplines with a strong focus on basic research that addresses complex mechanisms of living organisms and systems.


    » Woman academics nominated by the HFSP

  • (ES) ICREA, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, is a foundation supported by the Catalan Government. Its aim is to recruit top scientists from any area of knowledge and with international experience. Scientists capable of leading new research groups, strengthening existing ones, and setting up new lines of research. ICREA is an institution without walls. Its researchers work at universities and research centres based in Catalonia with whom ICREA has signed long-term agreements.


    » Women academics nominated by the ICREA

  • (LV) The Latvian Academy of Sciences is an association of country’s foremost scientists. Its mission is favouring research in the basic and applied sciences, promoting studies in Latvian history, culture and the development of the Latvian language; consulting the Government on research policy issues; popularization of scientific achievements and maintenance of international research cooperation.


    » Women academics nominated by the Latvian Academy of Sciences

  • (P) The Academy of Sciences of Lisbon as an institution dedicated to the advancement of science and learning in Portugal with the goal of promoting academic progress and prosperity to the country.


    » Woman academics nominated by the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon

  • (IRL) The Royal Irish Academy is an independent, all-Ireland learned society established under Charter in 1785. It currently has more than 450 members, chosen for their distinguished contributions to research in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is governed by its President and Council, who are elected by the members at a general meeting held in the spring of each year, as stated in the founding Charter.
    Since its foundation, the Royal Irish Academy has encouraged and rewarded excellence in scholarship and research throughout the island of Ireland, and has played a significant role in promoting the value of the sciences, humanities and social sciences to society. The Academy continues to build on its scholarly tradition, working to enhance the contribution made by research and scholarship to wider society. It fosters the community of scholars on the island of Ireland and strengthens the engagement of this community in international scholarly matters.


  • (DE) The Leibniz Association's 86 institutes carry out research on urgent problems facing society (for instance, climate change, widespread diseases, education, etc.), provide scientific infrastructure for science and research and use their research findings to advise policy-makers and the wider community.


    » Women academics nominated by the Leibniz Association.

  • (DE) The Max Planck Society has stood for excellent basic research for more than 60 years. Research in the life sciences, natural sciences and humanities is carried out in 80 institutes by more than 21,000 employees and visiting researchers. The Society has a budget of approximately €1.3 billion.


    » Women academics nominated by the Max Planck Society

  • (NL) The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science.


    » Women academics nominated by the NWO

  • (AT) The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) is an association of researchers in Austria and abroad. It promotes non-university applied basic research in Austria at approximately 60 research institutions and offers grants and awards for the promotion of junior researchers.


    » Women academics nominated by the ÖAW

  • (PL) The National Science Centre (NCN) is a government executive agency set up to fund basic research. The activities of the NCN are supervised by the Minister of Science and Higher Education. The NCN supports all fields of basic research. The funding is granted in the form of research projects, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral internships and international research projects selected within international initiatives.


    » Woman academics nominated by the NCN

  • (PL) The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) is an independent, self-financing, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the mission of supporting science in Poland. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside the state budget. The FNP offers prestigious prizes, stipends and grants for the best researchers at every stage in their career, across all fields of study.


    » Women academics nominated by the FNP

  • (UK) The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. BBSRC aims to further scientific knowledge, promote economic growth and improve quality of life in the UK and beyond by funding innovative research that addresses some of the biggest global challenges.


    » Women academics nominated by the BBSRC

  • (GB) The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves human health through world-class medical research. We fund research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. Our research has resulted in life-changing discoveries for over a hundred years.


    » Women academics nominated by the MRC

  • (SE) The Swedish Research Council has a leading role in developing Swedish research of the highest scientific quality, thereby contributing to the development of society. Besides research funding, the agency advises the government on research-related issues and participates actively in the discussions to create understanding of the long-term benefits of research.


    » Women academics nominated by the Swedish Research Council

  • (CH) The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the most important Swiss agency promoting scientific research. With a budget of approximately 700 million Swiss francs, the SNSF supports over 7000 researchers each year across all scientific disciplines.


    » Women academics nominated by the SNSF

  • (GB) The Royal Society is the national academy of science in the UK. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
    A major activity of the Society is identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The Society supports researchers through its early and senior career schemes, innovation and industry schemes, and other schemes.



    » Women academics nominated by the Royal Society

  • (GB) The Royal Society of Edinburgh, established in 1783, is an educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on an independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. Our 1500-strong Fellowship covers science and technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service.


    » Women academics nominated by the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • (DE) With 139,000 members, the Association of German Engineers (VDI) is the largest technical and scientific association in Germany and focuses on promoting the participation of girls in the natural sciences and technical fields such as mathematics and engineering.


    » Women academics nominated by the VDI

  • (DE) The Union of Chemical Industry (VCI) funds and promotes basic research, young researchers in the sciences and instruction in chemistry in schools via the German Chemical Industry Fund. The VCI's scholarship fund foundation promotes the best young researchers in the fields of chemistry.


    » Women academics nominated by the VCI

  • (DE) The Volkswagen Foundation is the largest private patron of the sciences in Germany. It was founded in 1961 by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Lower Saxony. The foundation supports activities in all disciplines – in research and in teaching. With its funding initiatives, it provides science with an internationally oriented impetus.


    » Women academics nominated by the Volkswagen Foundation

  • (IL) The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions, noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences. The Institute is home to ~3,000 scientists, students, postdocs, technicians and supporting staff.


    » Women academics nominated by the Weizmann Institute

  • (UK) The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. We spend around £600 million every year both in the UK and internationally achieving our mission: supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities.


    » Women academics nominated by the Wellcome Trust

  • (DE) The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) is one of the most important scientific advisory bodies in Germany. It provides advice to the German federal government and the state governments on the structure and development of higher education and research in the sciences.


    » Women academics nominated by the Wissenschaftsrat

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