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FIZ Karlsruhe is a Leibniz Institute for Information Infrestructure had Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Karlsruhe Headquarters in 1976. In 1977, “FIZ 4 – Fachinformationszentrum Energie, Physik, Mathematik GmbH” was formed. The first director of the newly founded institution was Dr. Werner Rittberger (1927-2014). Mission aim is to act as a service provider and partner to researchers, to provide the tools and conditions needed to pose cutting-edge research questions, and undertake innovative research endeavors. FIZ Karlsruhe also reflects an additional trend of advancing science. All of the information services provided by FIZ Karlsruhe are informed by the goal of supporting the entire scientific value creation chain. Specifically, this mean we aim to support all aspects of research work, from initial idea development and experimentation to analysis, data aggregation, and publication.
FIZ Karlsruhe has four locations. Headquarters in Karlsruhe, other branches in Berlin and Bonn, Germany and USA. Sabine Brünger-Weilandt is President & CEO of the organisation since 2003. Organisation includes of 3 boards: Shareholders’ Board, Supervisory Board and Scientific Advisory Board. Representatives of the German Federal Government, Federal State Baden-Württemberg and various scientific institutions form Shareholders’ Board. They decide, among other things, on die operating policy, pass the year-end accounts, and appoint the Supervisory Board and the President. Financial and information-policy relevant matters are dealt by Supervisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board offers advice to the Supervisory Board and the Management in all matters regarding services and R&D.
FIZ Karlsruhe has a strong reputation for providing sound policy advising in the area of information infrastructure. For many years they have contributed on a voluntary basis to important government committees, working groups, and expert associations. They develop and operate innovative information dervices in the fields of research and patent information, chemistry, mathematics, lifesciences, e-research, crystallography and energy. 78% of organisation expenditure is covered by revenues generated in international markets. It is of 349 staff members, in which 39% are scientists. Annual budget of the company is 44 million Euros.