Committee for the Coordination of International Academic Relations (AKA)

The major German science and research funding organisations are represented on the Committee for the Coordination of International Academic Relations (AKA). The purpose of the committee is to

  • facilitate informal discussions on current developments in international cooperation,
  • develop ideas for joint strategies,
  • coordinate international activities of member organisations,
  • serve as platform for joint initiatives (e.g. European Charter for Researchers, Code of Conduct, etc.).

AKA is a staff-level working committee of those responsible for international relations at the German science and research funding organisations. The committee meets twice a year and presents an established information network open to lively exchange with any institution involved in international academic relations. AKA members are particularly interested in continuous information sharing with the cultural and academic relations officers at German and foreign embassies. The AKA’s secretariat is run by the Humboldt Foundation.The member organisations of AKA are:

The member organisations of AKA are:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG)
Fulbright Commission
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
German Council of Science and Humanities (WR)
German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)
German Research Foundation (DFG)
Helmholtz Association of Germany Research Centres (HGF)
Leibniz Association (WGL)
Leopoldina - German Academy of Sciences
Max Planck Society (MPG)
Max Weber Foundation
Volkswagen Foundation

AKA also makes use of two tools not only to coordinate the international activities of its member organisations amongst themselves, but also to provide the public with information on the international visibility of Germany as a research location: one is the electronic AKA Calendar which contains the dates of the member organisations’ international events as well as of important domestic events with an international outlook; the other is the AKA World Map, an interactive, cartographical overview of the German science organisations’ international liaison offices and representatives. The world map also makes it possible to research the addresses of German science organisations abroad and make contact with them. For more information, please visit the AKA's website or contact individual AKA members or the AKA’s secretariat at the Humboldt Foundation.


Dr. Barbara Sheldon
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (228) 833 109
Fax: +49 (228) 833 114