The Weizenbaum Institute has three committees according to its rules of procedure: the Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board and the Scientific Council.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the research collaborative project advises the Board of Directors on the strategic direction of the Institute and its organization. The Board of Trustees is composed of the presidents of the individual partners or their representatives, two representatives of the BMBF, and one representative of the State of Berlin. The chairmanship of the Board of Trustees and the deputy chairmanship are appointed by the BMBF.


  • MinDir Dr.Roland Philippi, Federal Ministry of Education and Research 
  • MinR´in Esther Seng, Head of Division 400 „Fundamental Issues, Digitalisation and Transfer“
    in Subdivision 4, Higher Education and Science System and Data Protection Officer, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Prof. Dr. Günter Ziegler, President, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the Promotion of Applied Research e.V. 
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D., President, Universität Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß, Vice President, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz, President, Universität der Künste
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D., President, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises the board of directors and the administrative office on the development and implementation of the Institute's strategic orientation, its transfer formats, its work with the network partners, and its external presentation. The Advisory Board is made up of representatives from science, civil society, politics, business, and the media. 


  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber, Institute of Political Science, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchmann, former Computer Science, TU Darmstadt
  • Prof. Peter Dr. Buxmann, Information Systems/Software & Digital Business, TU Darmstadt
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Eilders, Communication and Media Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner, Head of the Provision of Information Services focus area at ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, TH Köln
  • Prof Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Grötschel, former president Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer, Sociologist, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Joanna Schmölz, Digital Strategist, Senate Office Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
  • Harald Summa, Managing Director des eco – Verband der Internetwirtschaft e. V.
  • Prof. Dr. Indra Spiecker named Döhmann, LL.M., Chair in Public Law, Information Law, Environmental Law and Legal Theory, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.
  • Dr. Phil. Stephan Weichert,  VOCER Institut für Digitale Resilienz
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wiegand, Director of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Principal Investigators

  • Prof. Dr. Anja Feldmann (TU Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth (Fraunhofer FOKUS)
  • Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann (WZB)
  • Prof. Dr. Hanna Krasnova (Universität Potsdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch (FU Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart (HU Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer (UdK Berlin)

Research Group Leads

  • Dr. Jakob Ohme (FU Berlin)
  • Simon Schrör (HU Berlin)

Ph.D. Students

  •  Katharina Berr (UdK Berlin)
  •  Jennifer Haase (Uni Potsdam)
  •  Prisca von Hagen (HU Berlin)
  •  Susanne Reinhardt (FU Berlin)

Student Asisstants

  • N.N.

Administrative-technical assistants

  • Sonata Cepik (WZB)


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