The Structure of the Academy
acatech is composed of three organs: the Executive Board, the General Assembly and the Senate.
The General Assembly determines the objectives and working methods of the academy. It sends five representatives to the Executive Board. The 447 scientific members of acatech are admitted into the organisation on the basis of their outstanding scientific achievements and excellent reputation.
The Senate consists of well-known personalities from the economy, science and the world of politics. The Senate advises the academy on strategic matters and, in particular, garners input from the business sector. The Senate Committee provides two members of the Executive Board.
In 2014, the topics addressed by the various working groups included the complex interactions between technology, the regulatory framework and public expectations, the value of scenario studies and reform options for the European Emissions Trading System.
The “Energiewende Research Forum” ensures that the findings of the ESYS initiative are introduced into the public debate. This year, the main focus of this dialogue platform for the scientific community, government, business and civil society was on the “Strategic Research Agenda (Energiewende)”. The Research Agenda identifies a range of topics which contribute to the German Federal Government’s Energy Research Programme.
Other projects focus on specific technologies, including "Hydraulic Fracturing - A Technology Under Debate" and "Artifical Photosynthesis - Development of Technology Futures".
acatech - the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - represents the German scientific and technology communities, at home and abroad. As a working academy, acatech supports policy-makers and society by providing qualified technical evaluations and forward-looking recommendations.
Projects with energy focus
Since its initiation in 2013, the project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS) has been developing policy options on these issues. This joint initiative of acatech, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities facilitates interdisciplinary cooperation between experts in the field of energy research.