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name Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and HumanitiesBerlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften|image = BBAW_Logo.png|size = 240px|caption =|map =|msize =|malt =|mcaption =|abbreviation = BBAW|motto =

    |type =|status = treaty|purpose =|headquarters = Jägerstrasse 22/23D-10117 Berlin, Germany|location =
    52501339display=inline,title{edih}|membership =|language = German|leader_title = President|leader_name = Martin Grötschel|leader_title2= Vice-Presidents
    • Annette Grüters-Kieslich
    • Christoph Markschies
    {edih}|main_organ = Board of Directors|parent_organization = German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina|budget =|num_staff = 450}}}}The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (), abbreviated BBAW, is the official academic society for the natural sciences and humanities for the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Housed in three locations in and around Berlin, Germany, the BBAW is the largest non-university humanities research institute in the region.BBAW Introduction {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012.The BBAW was constituted in 1992 by formal treaty between the governments of Berlin and Brandenburg on the basis of several older academies, including the historic Prussian Academy of Sciences from 1700 and East Germany's Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic from 1946. By this tradition, past members include the Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt, Lise Meitner, Theodor Mommsen, Albert Einstein, and Max Planck.History of the BBAW at the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities {{Webarchive|url= |date=2013-06-27 }} {{En icon}} at, retrieved 06-21-2012. Today the BBAW operates as a public law corporation under the auspices of the German National Academy of Sciences, and has over 300 fellows and 250 additional staff members.BBAW Membership Roster {{En icon}} retrieved 06-22-2012. Its elected scientific membership has included 78 Nobel laureates.Goethe Institute profile of the BBWA {{En icon}} retrieved profile of the BBAW, retrieved 06-21-2012.The BBAW operates several subsidiary research centers. Projects include compiling large dictionaries; editing texts from ancient, medieval, and modern history; and editing the classical literature from diverse fields. Notable examples include Inscriptiones Graecae, the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, the German Dictionary (), the Ancient Egyptian Dictionary (Altägyptischen Wörterbuch), the bibliography of works by Alexander von Humboldt, and a scholarly edition of the works of Ludwig Feuerbach.BBAW Projects {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012.


    File:Berlin Stabi UdL Eingang Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften.jpg|240px|right|thumb|Entrance to the old Prussian Academy of Sciences on Unter den LindenUnter den LindenFile:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S97609, Berlin, Akademie der Wissenschaften.jpg|240px|right|thumb|The Academy of Sciences of the DDR, the AdW (1950)]](File:Gendarmenmarkt Berlin 2.jpg|240px|right|thumb|The modern BBAW headquarters at Jägerstrasse 22/23 (2006))

    Society of Sciences (1700–52)

    The roots of the BBAW can be traced to the Society of Sciences of the Elector of Brandenburg (), founded in 1700 by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz under the patronage of Frederick I of Prussia. The institution was created on the principle of uniting the natural sciences and the humanities, making it a prototype for other academies across Europe. The rise of the field of physics can be genealogically traced to this period of the Academy,Sheilla Jones: The Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition and Science Oxford University Press, 2008, {{ISBN|9780195369090}} p. 35 as well as modern European mathematics.Eberhard Knobloch: "Mathematics at the Prussian Academy of Sciences 1700–1810" in: Mathematics in Berlin, from: Gordon Brebner, Roger Woods (eds): Field-Programmable Logic and Applications: 11th International Conference, Proceedings Volume 2147, Belfast: Springer 2001, {{ISBN|9783540424994}}. p. 1 online summary

    Royal Academy (1752–1918)

    Under Frederick the Great, an enthusiastic patron, the Academy rose to even wider significance. In 1752 it merged with the Nouvelle Société Littéraire to form the Royal Academy of Sciences (). The new Academy attracted prominent scientists and philosophers, including Immanuel Kant, who were able publish writings which would have been censored elsewhere in Europe.JOURNAL, Hans, Aarsleff, The Berlin Academy under Frederick the Great, History of the Human Sciences, 1989, 2, 2, 193–206, 10.1177/095269518900200203, While it was an important center in the Age of Enlightenment, due to its royal patronage the Academy did not enjoy complete freedom. Political writings in its Proceedings throughout the 18th century argued the merits of monarchies over republics, warned against the French Revolution, and defended Prussia against accusations that it was despotic. In the 19th century the von Humboldt brothers reorganized the Academy along more open lines. Prominent critical thinkers such as Theodor Mommsen, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Friedrich Schleiermacher were all active members for many decades.BOOK, John Christian, Laursen, The Berlin Academy, Richard H., Popkin, The Columbia History of Western Philosophy, New York, Columbia University Press, 2005, 0-231-10129-5, 493,

    Prussian Academy (1918–33)

    With the collapse of the German monarchy in 1918, the Royal Academy was renamed the Prussian Academy of Sciences (). During this period it rose to international fameBBAW History {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012. and its members included top academics in their fields such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Hermann Diels, and Ernst Bloch.

    Third Reich (1933–45)

    During the Nazi period, as with all institutions across Germany, the Academy became subject to the "Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service." As a result, Jewish employees and political opponents were expelled. Albert Einstein resigned in 1933 before he could be expelled and Max Planck, the Academy's president, was coerced to publicly support nationalist socialism. However, despite initial resistance, over time the Academy and many of its scientists became willing tools of the Nazis. New statutes in 1938 reorganized the Academy according to the Führer principle, causing Planck to resign his presidency in protest.Mark Walker: "The Surrender of the Prussian Academy of Sciences" in: Nazi Science, Basic Books, 2008 {{ISBN|9780465011889}}. Ch. 4 The mathematician Theodor Vahlen, proponent of the anti-Semitic Deutsche Mathematik movement, became its president.Klaus and Ann M. Hentschel (eds.): Physics and National Socialism: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Birkhäuser, 1996) {{ISBN|0-8176-5312-0}}. Appendix F By war's end the Academy's reputation was destroyed and many of its prominent scientists were stigmatized. Planck died in 1947.

    Modern history (1946–present)

    After World War II, what remained of the Academy wound up in the Soviet Zone of Occupation. Re-opened by the Russians in 1946 as the German Academy of Sciences at Berlin (), it moved to the former Prussian Maritime Trade Company building on the Gendarmenmarkt in 1949. The Academy was renamed the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic () or AdW in 1972, by which time it had over 400 members and 24,000 employees. After German reunification the AdW was dissolved in December 1991 due to its controversial role in support of the East German regime. In August 1992, the BBAW was reconstituted by interstate treaty between the landtags of Berlin and Brandenburg using the original model of the old Prussian Academy. Today its headquarters are located at the former AdW building, with special projects conducted at the old Prussian Academy on the Unter den Linden. It also has a third office in Potsdam.


    Research projects

    The academy sponsors a variety of interdisciplinary, long-term and externally funded projects. These include large German and foreign-language dictionaries; historical-critical publications of ancient, medieval, and modern texts; and editing and interpreting the classical literature by scholars from diverse academic fields. In 2012 the BBAW was home to 47 major projects, the most notable include:
    • Alexander von Humboldt Research Project (): a research initiative is focused on Alexander von Humboldt’s correspondence and diaries written during his famous journey to America (1799–1804).
    • Corpus Inscriptionum LatinarumWEB,weblink Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2012-07-18,
    • The Dictionary of Ancient Egyptian (): A 3000-year corpus publicly available online and continuously updated.Altägyptisches Wörterbuch {{icon de}} retrieved 06-21-2012.
    • The German Dictionary (), begun by the Brothers GrimmChristian Fellbaum (ed.): Idioms and collocations: Corpus-based linguistic and lexicographic studies, London: Continuum, 2007, 224 p. {{ISBN|978-0-82-644473-8}}
    • The Goethe Dictionary (): A conceptual history project that interprets the works of Goethe, containing 3.2 million quotations and 93,000 headwordsWEB,weblink Goethe-Wörterbuch (The Goethe Dictionary), Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2012-07-18,
    • Inscriptiones Graecae: collects and edits all of Europe’s ancient Greek inscriptionsWEB,weblink Inscriptiones Graecae, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2012-07-18,
    • The Complete Works of Marx and Engels ()
    • Monumenta Germaniae Historica: publishes source materials for the constitutional history of the Holy Roman Empire from the 14th centuryWEB,weblink Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2012-07-18,
    • Schleiermacher: Critical Edition of the Complete Works (): The official edition of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s correspondence has been edited by the BBAW since 1979

    Research centers

    The Academy has established a number of research centres over time, including centres for basic research, language and history. Each seeks to pool expertise from various fields with the goal of improving cooperation between university and non-university institutions and stimulating regional and international research innovation. In 2012 the BBAW operated three such centers:BBAW Research Centers {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012.
    • Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt: a centre for research of primary sources of the ancient worldCenter for Research of the Ancient World {{icon de}} retrieved 06-21-2012.
    • Zentrum "Preußen-Berlin": The "Prussia-Berlin" Research Centre, an amalgamation of projects on the history and culture Prussia and Berlin
    • Zentrum Sprache: The Language Research Centre

    Facilities and funding

    The BBAW operates at three locations in and around Berlin:
    • HeadquartersJägerstrasse 22/2310117 Berlin
    • Former Prussian Academy of Sciences buildingUnter den Linden 810117 Berlin
    • New buildingAm Neuen Markt 814467 Potsdam
    Funding for the Academy comes primarily from the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, with a significant portion of its research supported by the federal and state governments of Germany.

    Salon Sophie Charlotte

    The Salon Sophie Charlotte is a public evening event organized by the BBAW bringing together leading academics and the general public. Being selected as an academic panelist or speaker is considered highly prestigious. The number of visitors increased over the years to up to 3000 visitors (2017) including academics, public intellectuals and politicians such as Chancellor Angela Merkel.About the Salon Sophie Charlotte in Der TagesspiegelEponym of the salon is Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (1668-1705), Queen consort in Prussia as wife of King Frederick I., who initiated, together with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the founding of the scientific academy in Berlin in 1700. On her estate Lietzow (Charlottenburg) near Berlin maintained Sophie Charlotte, who had a great passion for philosophy, free-spirited salons, which formed a counter-world to strict Prussia etiquette as a social meeting place for discussions, readings or musical events.The event takes place in BBAW's academy building at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt. Every year it is organized with a different thematic focus.
    • 2006: Kick-off (Auftaktveranstaltung)
    • 2007: Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe (Europa im Nahen Osten – Der Nahe Osten in Europa)
    • 2008: Do you know Prussia - really? (Kennen Sie Preußen – wirklich?)
    • 2009: The evolution welcomes your children (Die Evolution empfängt Ihre Kinder)
    • 2010: Escape from the amazement? (Flucht vor dem Staunen?)
    • 2011: Reciprocity. Patrons and donors of the sciences and the arts (Gegenliebe. Gönner und Geber der Wissenschaften und der Künste)
    • 2012: Artifacts. Knowledge is art - art is knowledge (Artefakte. Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen)
    • 2013: The science and the love (Die Wissenschaft und die Liebe)
    • 2014: Europe - a place of the future (Europa - ein Zukunftsort)
    • 2015: Put in the light (Ins Licht gerückt)
    • 2016: Do we live in the best of all possible worlds? (Leben wir in der besten aller möglichen Welten?)
    • 2017: Rebellions, revolutions or reforms? (Rebellionen, Revolutionen oder Reformen?)
    • 2018: Language (Sprache)Salon Sophie Charlotte at BBAW

    Medals, prizes and lectures

    The Academy bestows a number of scientific medals and awards and is host to prestigious lectures:Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities {{webarchive |url= |date=January 3, 2014 }} list of BBWA prizes {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012.BBWA Medals, Awards, and Prizes {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012.


    • Helmholtz Medal: Awarded biennially to individuals who have made significant academic contributions to the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or medicine. It was first awarded on 2 June 1892 to the physiologist Emil Du Bois-Reymond, physicist Lord Kelvin, and mathematician Karl Weierstraß.
    • Leibniz Medal: Awarded to individuals or groups for special services in support of scientific research. It was first awarded to the Berlin art collector James Simon, patron of archeological excavations and museums.


    • Academy Prize: An annual prize awarded for outstanding scientific achievement in any disciplinary field. It is awarded at the Academy’s Leibniz Day celebration in the summer and includes 50,000 Euros.
    • Prize of the Academy (endowed by the Commerzbank Foundation): Awarded biennially for outstanding scientific achievement in the area of research in legal and economic principles. It includes 30,000 Euros is conferred at a joint ceremonial session of the Academy and the Commerzbank Foundation.
    • Eva and Klaus Grohe Prize of the Academy: Awarded biennially for outstanding scientific achievement by German scientists with a doctorate in the area of infectious diseases. The prize includes 20,000 Euros and is conferred at the Academy’s annual Einstein Day celebration.
    • Prize of the Academy (endowed by the Monika Kutzner Foundation): Awarded annually for outstanding scientific achievement in the area of cancer research. It includes 10,000 Euros and is conferred at the Academy’s annual Einstein Day celebration.
    • Prize of the Academy (endowed by the Peregrinus Foundation): Awarded biennially for outstanding achievements by scholars from eastern and southeastern Europe. It includes 5,100 Euros and is conferred at the Academy’s annual Einstein Day celebration.
    • Technical Scientific Prize: Awarded for outstanding achievement in the engineering sciences by young engineers and scientists in research or industry. It includes 10,000 Euros and is awarded at the Academy's annual Day of Engineering.
    • Walter de Gruyter-Prize: Awarded biennially for outstanding achievement in a subject area covered by the publishing house Walter de Gruyter. It includes 7,500 Euros and is preferably awarded to those who are young, relative to their achievements.
    • Liselotte Richter-Prize of the Leibniz-Edition Potsdam: Awarded biennially to senior school students in the province of Brandenburg and includes 1,000 Euros.



    The Academy's Proceedings have been variously titled throughout history:{| align=right class="wikitable collapsible collapsed" style="text-align:left; margin: 1em"
    1830 1831 1832I II III IV 1833 1834| 1835| 1836| 1837| 1838| 1839
    1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869I II
    1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908H M 1909H M
    1910H M 1911H M 1912H M 1913H M 1914H M 1915H M 1916H M 1917H M 1918H M 1919H M
    1920H M 1921H M||||||| |
    philosophisch-historische Klasse
    physikalisch-mathematische Klasse
    Abhandlungen der königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin
    1901-1917 Abhandlungen der königlich-preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin
    1918- Abhandlungen der preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
    • Miscellanea Berolinensia (1710–43)
    • Histoire de l'académie royale des sciences et belles lettres (1745–69)
    • Nouveaux mémoires de l'académie royal (1770–86)
    • Sammlung der deutschen Abhandlungen (1788–1803)
    • Abhandlungen der Königlich Preußischen Akademie (1804–1917)
    Today the BBAW's publications appear in a wide variety of established journals, as well as its own publications such as Jahrbuch, Berichte und Abhandlungen, Debatten and the journal Gegenworte.BBAW Publications current listing {{En icon}} retrieved 06-21-2012.

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