Peter Strohschneider, Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR), introducing the Conference Islamic Studies in Germany - an event organized by the WR supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Cologne, July 13th/14th, 2010) ©WR
The Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities) is an advisory body to the federal government and the state (Länder) governments. Its function is to draw up recommendations on the development of science, research, and the university sector as well as to contribute to the safeguarding of the international competitiveness of German science and humanities in the national and European system. These recommendations involve considerations concerning quantitative and financial effects and the implementation of such considerations; they must be in line with the requirements of social, cultural and economic life.
The Wissenschaftsrat issues statements, recommendations and prepares reports which primarily concern the two major fields of science policy, namely
the scientific institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions), in particular their structure and performance, development and financing, and
general questions relating to the system of higher education, selected structural aspects of research and teaching as well as the strategic planning and assessment of specific fields and disciplines.
The Wissenschaftsrat has its seat in Berlin. The Head Office is located in Cologne.