Humanities Research Centres Berlin e.V. (Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin, GWZ)

The Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS) works together with the Leibniz Center for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) and the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) under the joined organizational umbrella of the Humanities Research Centres (Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin (GWZ) e. V.). The association was founded in 1995. The GWZ's statutes define the committee structure. The organs of the association are the General Assembly (Mitgliederversammlung), the Board of Trustees (Kuratorium) and the Board of Directors (Vorstand). Each center has a Scientific Advisory Board, which advises the funding bodies and the respective center management in all scientific questions.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board regularly evaluates the scientific achievements as well as the development planning of the ZAS. The annual written report supplements the evaluation of the Centre. The Scientific Advisory Board is composed of internationally renowned scientists from Germany and abroad who are professionally close to the institute:

Works council of the Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e.V.

On the basis of the Work Constitution Act (BetrVG), the elected Works Council of the GWZ represents the rights and interests of all employees.

The Council works confidentially. It is committed to promoting good working conditions, social interests, compatibility of family and career, and provides support in problems and conflicts related to work. Employees of the three institutions ZAS, ZFL, and ZMO can address their concerns to the Council as a whole or to an individual Council member at any time, and not necessarily to Council representatives of their own Center.

GWZ employees elect the Council members for a period of four years. At regular intervals general joint works meetings are held at the GWZ, where the Council presents its activities to the employees, addressing their wishes and concerns.

  • Matthias Schwartz (ZfL)
  • Stefanie Jannedy (ZAS)
  • Norman Saadi Nikro (ZMO)
  • Christina Beckmann (ZAS)
  • Thomas McFadden (ZAS)
  • Halina Hackert (ZfL)
  • Moritz Neuffer (ZfL)
  • Falko Schmieder (ZfL)
  • Svenja Becherer (ZMO)


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Members ZAS: betriebsrat(at)
Members ZfL:  betriebsrat(at)
Members ZMO: betriebsrat(at)

Equal Opportunity Commissioner

The ZAS sees the realization of gender equality as a central guiding principle of its organizational and personnel development and as a task for the Institute's management. The ZAS Equal Opportunities Commissioner develops ideas in line with international conventions on equal opportunities in order to implement the goals of equal opportunities with the employees at the ZAS - new measures and regulations are to be discussed and initiated together. In addition, the Equal Opportunities Commissioner advises in cases of discrimination and - if desired - intervenes mediatively in conflicts.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner:

  • Dr. habil. Dagmar Bittner


The ombudsperson who is elected by ZAS employees investigates matters of dispute and accusations of scientific misconduct based on the institution’s internal guidelines. If the institute ombudsperson decides that the accusations require further investigation, the case is passed to the central ombudsperson of the Leibniz Association.

Ombudsperson of the ZAS:

  • Prof. Dr. Angelika Wöllstein, Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS), Mannheim
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klein; Deputy (Direktor emeritus am MPI für Psycholinguistik)

Data protection Officer

The external data protection officer ensures compliance with the relevant laws and regulations and familiarizes employees at the GWZ who are entrusted with personal data and personal-related data with data protection regulations.

Data Protection Officer of the GWZ:

  • Mr Jens Neumann, pico engineering GmbH