Weizenbaum-Institut e.V.

Tasks of the Association

The Weizenbaum-Institut e.V. is the responsible body for the joint research project “Das Weizenbaum-Institut für die vernetzte Gesellschaft – Das deutsche Internet-Institut". Thus, the association is in charge of the central administration and the legal representation of the institute. It coordinates the scientific network and is responsible for public relations, knowledge transfer in politics, business and civil society, the internationalization of the institute and the promotion of young researchers.

The members of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V. are the seven partners of the research network project: FU Berlin, HU Berlin, TU Berlin, UdK Berlin, Uni Potsdam, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and WZB.

Managing Board

The Managing Board of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V. is responsible, among other things, for the further development of the institute's strategy in cooperation with the executive board and its other bodies. Further, it oversees the institute’s development and implementation of consolidation concepts in cooperation with the Managing Board and with other bodies of the institute. Other responsibilities include the external representation of the institute, the coordination of the cooperation within the Weizenbaum research network, as well as reporting to the Board of Trustees and its members.

Administrative Board and Office Management

Dr. Karin-Irene Eiermann is the Administrative Managing Director of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V. and Head of Administration of the Weizenbaum Institute. She is responsible for the management of the Weizenbaum Institute in all administrative and technical matters in cooperation with the Scientific Managing Directors, for the administrative and financial management of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V., for the planning and recruiting of human resources and management of the administrative staff of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V.  and the establishment of sustainable management structures, for the organisation of the operation of the institute in Hardenbergstr. 32, for the coordination of the occupational health and safety organisation as well as the coordination of questions of legal co-determination on the part of the institute management.

Research Management and Network Coordination

The research management and network coordination department is responsible for the following areas: Quality management, coordination of the further development of the research agenda and its interdisciplinarity, internationalization, networking in the science field, promotion of young researchers and career support, research data management and Open Science, and committee work. The aim of these activities is to strengthen the Institute's network and visibility and to translate the working principles defined in the mission statement into structures and processes within the Institute.


The communications department is responsible for all public relations issues and uses various formats and channels to communicate the Institute's work to different target groups. The staff manages the website, answers press enquiries, finds interview partners and edits the Weizenbaum publications. In addition, the team is responsible for the Institute's internal communication.

Transfer and Events

With its transfer activities, the Institute wants to promote interest in science, contribute to social enlightenment and education and help shape the social dialogue. Further, the transfer activities aim to make research-based knowledge available for decision-making processes and to develop options for action to overcome social challenges. This results in fields of action with different requirements for formats, channels and instruments for transfer measures.

Finance Department

The Finance department is responsible for day-to-day accounting, cost and performance accounting, purchasing, procurement and commercial processing, as well as the management of grants and financial reporting.

IT Administration

The IT department of the Weizenbaum-Institut provides the staff of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V. and the scientists with a powerful and modern IT environment. In addition to the maintenance and continuous development of the existing infrastructure, the department's services also include adequate support and the coordination of external service providers.