The History of the Fellows' Club

The first class at the Wissenschaftskolleg, that of 1981/82,  already began thinking about founding an association of former Fellows to facilitate remaining in contact with the Kolleg and its Fellows.

The constituting meeting of the "Association of the Members and Friends of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin e.V. - Fellows' Club" - was held on July 13, 1984 at the Wissenschaftskolleg in the pressence of 21 Fellows from the first three classes. Some Fellows suggested giving the association the name 'Scholem Association' in memory of Gershom Scholem, who was a Fellow in the first class of 1981/82. But the majority preferred a different name.

The club was entered in the Associations Registry on March 26, 1985. In accordance with its Charter, the association pursues solely and directly charitable purposes (most recent change to the Charter: March 16, 2016).


Eckart Wolfgang Frehland 1985-1988
Lorenz Krüger 1988-1994
Conrad Wiedemann 1994-1995
Peter Hammerstein 1995–2017
Laurenz Lütteken since 2017

Vice Chair

Peter Bieri 1984-1993
Hans-Martin Gauger 1984-1993
Ágnes Ságvári 1984-1993
Conrad Wiedemann 1993-1994
Claudia Schmölders 1995-2011
Paul Unschuld 2011-2014
Karin Mölling 2011-2019
Frank Rexroth since 2014
Julia Voss since 2019


Dorothea Koch 1984-1986
Ursula Monigatti 1986-1988
Fred Girod 1988-1991
Reinhart Prasser 1991-1992
Hans-Georg Lindenberg 1992-2002
Gesine Bottomley 2002-2009
Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus 2009-2014
Sonja Grund 2014-2017
Vera Kempa since 2017