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The Association of Friends and Sponsors

SMC’s sponsors have got together to form the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Science Media Center Germany – with the aim of financially supporting our work.

In the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Science Media Center Germany, "friends and sponsors" engage with the work of SMC. The purpose of the association is to raise funding to support the non-profit SMC. Consequently, the association is also non-profit.

Moreover, the Friends and Sponsors support SMC’s activities, are ambassadors for our mission and also advisors who critically accompany our work.

The Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Science Media Center Germany was founded in Heidelberg on 22 November 2016.

The founding members are:

  • acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Bayer Science & Education Foundation
  • Covestro Deutschland AG
  • Industrieverband Körperpflege- und Waschmittel e.V. (IKW)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH
  • Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Wissenschafts-Pressekonferenz e.V. (WPK)

The association is represented by its board:

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Reinhard F. Hüttl, Vizepräsident, acatech (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Eitel, Rektor, Universität Heidelberg (1st Deputy Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth, Rektor, Universität zu Köln (2nd Deputy Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Hanselka, Präsident, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Dr. Patrick Illinger, Ressortleiter Wissen, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Kemal Malik, Vorstandsmitglied, Bayer AG
  • Volker Stollorz, Redaktionsleiter und Geschäftsführer, Science Media Center Germany gGmbH (Treasurer)

Downloads (in German only):

Pressrelease on the inaugural meeting on 22-11-2016

Statutes of the SMC Association of Friends ans Sponsors

SMC membership regulations

SMC membership application

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Association of Friends and Sponsors, please contact our Chief Editor and Managing Director Volker Stollorz.