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Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik gGmbH
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Zimmerstraße 13-15
10969 Berlin

Shareholder and Scientific Advisory Board

Shareholder

Until 31 December 2007, the body legally responsible for the institute which was founded in 1973 was the Association for Municipal Sciences (Verein für Kommunalwissenschaften (VfK)), which was established by the Association of Towns and Cities in Germany and the Land of Berlin in 1951. Difu was a legally dependent part of the VfK.  When the institute was converted into a non-profit limited liability company on 1 January 2008, the VfK, whose members are nominated by the German Association of Towns and Cities in Germany and the Land of Berlin – the Land where the institute has its headquarters – became the sole shareholder of the non-profit limited liability company.

The management, which is appointed by the shareholders’ meeting, represents the non-profit limited liability company and convenes the shareholders’ meeting, which takes place at least once a year. The shareholders’ meeting establishes the direction of the business policy and passes resolutions accordingly. It decides, among other things, on whether the company should take on new work as well as on significant changes to the range and structures of the institute’s services after consultation with the scientific advisory board. In addition, it elects practitioners and scientists as members of the scientific advisory board in consultation with or at the suggestion of the management.

Scientific Advisory Board

The institute is advised by a Scientific Advisory Board, which meets at least once per year by invitation of the chairman. The advisory board is not a body of the company. It advises the management and the shareholders’ meeting on scientific matters, in particular with regard to in matters which are particularly significant for the institute’s specialized and scientific work, particularly the work and further training programs, projects and products, the guidelines for the company’s professional activity as well as the company’s long-term strategic orientation and development.

The advisory board comprises 20 members who are elected or sent to the advisory board in the following manner:

  • Six practitioners are elected by the shareholders’ meeting after consultation with the management.
  • Six scientists are elected by at the suggestion of the management.
  • Three members are elected from among Difu’s scientific staff.
  • The Federal Republic of Germany is entitled to send three representatives from various federal ministries to the advisory board.
  • The state of Berlin is entitled to send two representatives from various federal ministries to the advisory board.

The advisory board members are elected for a term of three years, and may be re-elected.

Chairman
Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Battis, emeritus at the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University of Berlin & lawyer and Of Counsel at the law office Gleiss Lutz
Practice
Charlotte Britz, Mayor, State Capital of Saarbrücken
Thomas Dienberg, City Councilor for urban planning, Department for Planning, Building and Environment, City of Göttingen
Verena Göppert, representative, Head Office of the German Association of Cities
Markus Lewe, Mayor, City of Münster
Hilmar von Lojewski, representative, Head Office of the German Association of CitiesN.N
Christian Specht, First Mayor, City of Mannheim
 
Science
Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Battis, emeritus at the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University of Berlin, lawyer and Of Counsel at the law office Gleiss Lutz
Professor Dr. Jörg Bogumil, Chair of Political Science (Public Administration, Local and Regional Politics), Ruhr University Bochum
Professor Dr. Gisela Färber, German University of Administratives Sciences, Speyer, Chair for Economics and Public Finance
Professor Dipl.-Ing. Elke Pahl-Weber, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Technische Universität Berlin
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Guido Spars, University of Wuppertal, Economy of Planning and Building, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering
University Professor Dr.-Ing. Dirk Vallée, ISB Stadtbauwesen, Stadtverkehr, RWTH Aachen University
 
German Federal Government and the State of Berlin
Dr. Jutta Emig, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Dr. Ulrich Hatzfeld, Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
Senatsrat Günter Schulz, Berlin Senate Administration for Finance
Ministerialdirigent Uwe Schröder, German Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin/Bonn
Thorsten Tonndorf, Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment
 
Scientific Assistants
Dr. Stephanie Bock
Anna Hogrewe-Fuchs
Thomas Preuß
 
Permanent Guests
Dr. Stephan Articus, Executive Director of the German Association of Cities
Helmut Dedy, Deputy of Executive Director of the German Association of Cities
Members of the Difu steering group
 

 

status: September 2014