Future Council of the Federal Chancellor
What is the Future Council?
The Future Council initiated by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz looks at new developments, findings and trends in the process of innovation and draws up proposals to enhance resilience and technological sovereignty in key technologies and digitalisation. It aims to maximise the potential that research and enterprise hold for Germany and for completing the digital transformation. It also addresses issues of public acceptance and ethical aspects.
With this in mind, the Future Council aims to initiate specific projects to bring about an appreciable increase in the innovative strength of Germany as a place to do business and in order to safeguard the technological sovereignty of citizens, companies and the state.
Members of the Future Council representing the government are: Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck, Federal Minister and Head of the Federal Chancellery Wolfgang Schmidt as well as Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger. They, together with representatives of industriy, science and society make up the Future Council.
The Future Council is organised by a committee office within acatech. This office prepares a dossier on each topic on the agenda, creating a common knowledge base and springboard for advising the federal government.
Topics dealt with by the Future Council
A strong capacity for innovation is required for Germany to be competitive on the international stage – and thus to safeguard prosperity, value added and employment. In addition to this main objective, however, in these uncertain times innovation policy must also develop more approaches for enhancing sovereignty and resilience in Germany.
Incorporating the unique acatech network and the expertise of further organisations, new developments and findings in research, science and technology are monitored and analysed. In the Future Council’s individual meetings, which take place in the Federal Chancellery, important issues relating to the future of innovation policy are discussed among a small group. These may be specialised technological issues as well as political, economic and societal circumstances. There is flexibility regarding the setting of the agenda from meeting to meeting, so as to react quickly to the dynamics of the international innovation system.
Topics the Future Council has dealt with in the past
- Biotechnology a key technology for Germany
- Innovations as a driver for the transformation
- The Future Council of the Federal Chancellor discusses impulses for Germany as an innovation hub
Future Council Steering Committee
The Steering Committee appointed by the Federal Chancellor is a group of prominent representatives of science, business and society, who take part in the meetings that take place in the Federal Chancellery. Henning Kagermann, Chairman of the acatech Board of Trustees, chairs the Steering Committee.
Members of the federal government
Members of the Steering Committee
© from left to right Thomas Weber, BMWK/Dominik Butzmann, BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel, Thomas Köhler, acatech/D. Ausserhofer, Astrid Eckert Photographie, Bosch, Anna Logue, BASF SE, DGB/Benno Kraehahn, Volocopter, Bert Bostelmann, Bernhard Huber, Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Philipp Arnoldt Photography, Biontech, Munich RE, ZEISS Group, Thomas Köhler
Members of the Future Council
- Olaf Scholz | Federal Chancellor
- Dr. Robert Habeck | Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
- Bettina Stark-Watzinger | Federal Minister of Education and Research
- Wolfgang Schmidt | Federal Minister and Head of the Federal Chancellery
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weber | acatech President and Chairman of the Steering Committee
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner | TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor at the Technical University of Munich
- Prof. Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer | Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH
- Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek | ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung; Vice Chair of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI)
- Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf | Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) and Member of the Executive Board of the ZEISS Group
- Dr. Martin Brudermüller | Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE
- Yasmin Fahimi | Chairperson of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
- Prof. Dr Holger Hanselka | designated President of the Fraunhofer Society
- Dirk Hoke | CEO of Volocopter
- Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann | Chairman of the acatech Board of Trustees
- Christian Klein | CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE
- Prof. Dr. Geraldine Rauch | President of the Technische Universität Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert | Professor of medical ethics at the University of Münster
- Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann | President Emeritus of the Max Planck Society, Emeritus scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research
- Prof. Dr. Özlem Türeci | Co-founder and CMO of BioNTech; Professor of personalised immunotherapy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
- Dr. Joachim Wenning | Chair of the Board of Management of Munich Re
Sherpas of the Future Council
- Dr. Thomas Lange | Achleitner Ventures | for Ann-Kristin Achleitner
- Dr. René Hartke | Robert Bosch GmbH | for Stefan Asenkerschbaumer
- Manuel Lauer | ZEW Mannheim | for Irene Bertschek
- Andre Kutz | Zeiss Group | for Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf
- Dr. Carolin Kranz | BASF SE | for Martin Brudermüller
- Dr. Thomas Fischer/Kai Lindemann | DGB German Trade Union Confederation | for Yasmin Fahimi
- Dr Alexander Malär | Fraunhofer Society | for Holger Hanselka
- Carsten Derksen | Volocopter GmbH | for Dirk Hoke
- Mike Cosse | SAP SE | for Christian Klein
- Veronique Riedel | TU Berlin | for Geraldine Rauch
- Dr. Jan-Ole Reichard | University of Münster | for Bettina Schöne-Seifert
- Dr. Christoph Ettl | Max Planck Society | for Martin Stratmann
- Dr. Erik Hanff | BioNTech SE | for Özlem Türeci
- Dr. Michael Menhart | Munich Re | for Joachim Wenning
Committee office of the Future Council
acatech organises the Federal Council of the Federal Chancellor. The point of contact in relation to the topics and structure of the dialogue is therefore the Federal Chancellery/the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government.
Contact details for the committee office:
acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften