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Organisation and History

Bodies of the Institute

As a legally responsible foundation, the Institute has three bodies: The Curatorship, the Directorate and the Council.

The Curatorship serves as the supervisory body of the Hans-Bredow-Institut and consists of at least twelve but not more than 15 voting members, according to its statute. The Curatorship meets in formal session at least twice a year. It elects the members of the Board of Directors and decides on the budget. Its current members are:
Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen, Universität Hamburg (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Michel Clement, Universität Hamburg
Thomas Fuchs, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Landesmedienanstalten [Association of State Media Authorities in the Federal Republic of Germany]
Dr. Rolf Greve, Behörde für Wissenschaft und Forschung [Ministry of Science and Research]
Oliver Schenk, Bei der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und Medien [with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media]
Prof. Dr. Irene Neverla, Universität Hamburg
Helge Kahnert, NDR-Rundfunkrat [NDR Broadcasting Council]
Susanne Kayser, ZDF
Lutz Marmor, NDR
Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Trute, Universität Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Horst Wernicke, NDR-Rundfunkrat [NDR Broadcasting Council]

Das Direktorium des Hans-Bredow-Instituts: Uwe Hasebrink und Wolfgang SchulzThe Board of Directors, led by the communication researcher Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink and the legal scholar Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz (Chairman), exists since 2001.
It is supported by the Institute’s Council, which – apart from the members of the Board of Directors – consists of representatives of the Institute’s scientific and non-scientific staff.


Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council advises the Institute’s Board of Directors on strategic issues, currently especially regarding the Institute’s expansion to the Leibniz Association. The members of the Scientific Advisory Council are:



Prof. Dr. Helena Bilandzic, Professor of Communication Sciences with focus on Media Reception and Media Effects at the University of Augsburg
Prof. Dr. Irene Costera Meijer, Professor of Journalism Studies at the Department for Journalism Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Boris P. Paal, M.Jur. (Oxford), Professor of Civil and Commercial Law, Media and Information Law at the University of Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch, Professor of Communication Theories/Media Effects and Research of Media Use and Managing Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Manuel Puppis, Professor für Mediensysteme und Medienstrukturen am Departement für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung DCM der Universitét de Fribourg, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert (Chair), Professor of Media Studies focussing on Media Economics & Management the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich and Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Nico van Eijk, Professor of Media and Telecommunication Law at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Financing

The foundation Hans-Bredow-Institut does not have any funds of its own. It pursues projects that are of social benefit, and it does not make any profit. The Institute’s financing is based on donations, income from projects funded by third parties, as well as on the revenues of its publishing house. As a non-profit organisation, the Hans-Bredow-Institut is able to issue receipts for donations.
In 2016, the overall budget was about 2.6 million Euros resulting from 1.500,000 € in grants from the City of Hamburg and 533.000 € from other funding bodies (NDR Media, the Media Foundation Hamburg, the ALM GbR, and the ZDF) and 574,000 € in third-party funds (provided by EU, DFG, BKM, foundations (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bertelsmann-Stiftung, Deutsche Krebshilfe), broadcasters and media authorities (ALM, ZDF, ORF), DAAD and others (FSM, Google, HIIG, LSE, Istituto Universitario Europeo).
Personnel costs make up the largest share of the Institute’s expenditure. Due to increased grants by the City of Hamburg, the employment plan could be expanded slightly to open up new research areas in the last years.


History

The Hans-Bredow-Institut was founded as an independent non-profit organisation by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk [Northwest German Broadcasting Corporation] (NWDR) in co-operation with the Universität Hamburg in 1950. The Institute is led by the Board of Directors, which is supported by the Institute’s Council and an external, international Scientific Advisory Council. The supervisory body of the Institute is the Curatorship. The Institute is legally represented and led by the Board of Directors, which currently consists of two members who represent the research perspectives of communication science and law studies. The directors also set the research agenda. The members of the Directorate are elected for three years by the Curatorship on the proposal of the institutional board. The managing director supports the Board of Directors with the administrative management.
As a legally responsible foundation, the Institute has three bodies: The Curatorship, the Directorate and the Council.
The Scientific Advisory Council advises the Institute’s Board of Directors on strategic issues, currently especially regarding the Institute’s expansion to the Leibniz Association.
The foundation Hans-Bredow-Institut does not have any funds of its own. It pursues projects that are of social benefit, and it does not make any profit. The Institute’s financing is based on donations, income from projects funded by third parties, as well as on the revenues of its publishing house. As a non-profit organisation, the Hans-Bredow-Institut is able to issue receipts for donations.

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