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Facts and figures

You can read general information about the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in our overview flyer (PDF EN).

Member statistics

(December 2015)

Ordentliche Mitglieder   Korrespondierende Mitglieder
Sektion I männlich 50   Sektion I männlich 45
  weiblich 5    weiblich 5
  gesamt 55    gesamt 50
Sektion II männlich 25  Sektion II männlich 10
  weiblich 2    weiblich 4
  gesamt 27    gesamt 14
Sektion III männlich 47   Sektion III männlich 46
  weiblich 3    weiblich 2
  gesamt 50    gesamt 48
Sektion IV männlich 42   Sektion IV männlich 25
  weiblich 2     weiblich 2
  gesamt 44     gesamt 27

Staff statistics

(December 2015)

    wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter nichtwissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter
  gesamt männlich weiblich männlich weiblich
Kommissionen 127 57 52 4 14
LRZ 148 74 12 42 20
WMI 51 28 2 17 4
Verwaltung 34 0 0 14 20
gesamt 360 159 66 77 58


Research funding

The Free State of Bavaria is the academy’s main source of funding. In addition, the academy derives over one third of its annual budget of approximately EUR 45 million from external sources such as the European Union, the German Research Foundation and various endowments. 

Academies’ Programme

The majority of the external funding comes from the Academies’ Programme, which was set up to fund long-term research projects with a duration of 12 to a maximum of 25 years. The German government and federal states have been supporting the programme since 1979/80. Currently worth approximately EUR 60 million per annum, this is one of Germany’s top research programmes for the humanities. 

Coordinated by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the Academies’ Programme employs a staff of around 900 working on 144 projects at 199 locations. The current (2016) level of funding under the programme is EUR 62.9 million. The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities is involved in 25 programme projects at 25 locations spanning Bavaria, three other German states and Switzerland. In 2015, it received EUR 9 million in programme funding. 


Academy funds

Most of the academy’s wealth from endowments and legacies, which was quite considerable in the early days, was largely eroded as a result of inflation during the 20th century. The money remaining was used to set up two funds, with the proceeds supporting the academy’s research endeavours.

Budget (as of 2015)

Staatszuschuss (Sach- und Personalmittel getrennt) Betrag
Akademie, Verwaltung 856.800
Akademie, Kommissionen 212.2000
Kommission für bayerische Landesgeschichte 365.000
Walther-Meissner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung 850.000
Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (mit Höchstleistungsrechner) 14.832.400
Staatliches Personal 15.883.400
Landesmittel gesamt 32.999.800
Drittmittel (Sach- und Personalmittel)Betrag
Akademienprogramm 9.021.180
Akademievorhaben 100.922
Walther-Meißner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung 2.017.387
Leibniz-Rechenzentrum 6.059.441


Drittmittel gesamt:            17.431.309




Drittmittelquote in % 34,56      


The main offices of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities are located in the north-east wing of the Munich Residenz (the former royal palace). It has other locations on the campuses of Bavarian universities, including the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of Würzburg. 

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and the Walther-Meißner-Institute are located on the research campus in Garching. The Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) is located in the center of Munich.

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