Gesellschaft für Informatik

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German Informatics Society
Gesellschaft für Informatik
German Informatics Society logo.svg
FormationSeptember 16, 1969; 50 years ago (1969-09-16)
Founded atBonn, Germany
PurposeOrganisation of computer science educators, researchers, and professionals
  • Germany
Key people
Current president: Hannes Federrath, University of Hamburg Current vice presidents: Christine Regitz, SAP SE; Michael Goedicke, University Duisburg-Essen; Alexander von Gernler, genua GmbH
Main organ
Informatik Spektrum
AffiliationsInternational Federation for Information Processing

The Gesellschaft für Informatik (abbreviated as GI and translated as German Informatics Society) is a German organization of approximately 20,000 computer science educators, researchers, and professionals as well as about 200 corporate members.[1] It is the biggest organized representation of its kind in the German-speaking world.


The Gesellschaft für Informatik was founded in Bonn, Germany, on September 16, 1969. Initially aimed primarily at researchers, it expanded in the mid-1970s to include computer science professionals, and in 1978 it founded its journal Informatik Spektrum to reach this broader audience.[2]

The Deutsche Informatik-Akademie in Bonn was founded in 1987 by the Gesellschaft für Informatik in order to provide seminars and continuing education for computer science professionals. In 1990, the Gesellschaft für Informatik contributed to the founding of the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science (renamed since as the Leibniz Center for Informatics) at Dagstuhl; since its founding, Schloss Dagstuhl has become a major center for international academic workshops.[2]

In 1983, the Gesellschaft für Informatik became a member society of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), taking over the role of representing Germany from the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Rechenanlagen. In 1989, it joined the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies.[2]


The main activity of the association is to support the professional development of its members in every aspect of the rapidly changing field of informatics. In order to realise this aim the Gesellschaft für Informatik maintains a large number of committees, special interest groups, and working groups in the field of theory of computation, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, software engineering, human computer interaction, databases, technical informatics, graphics and information visualisation, business informatics, legal aspects of computing, computer science education, social computing, and computer security.[2][3] Up to now the GI runs more than 30 local groups in cooperation with the German chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.[2][6] Other important GI activities include raising public awareness of informatics, including its benefits and risks. Lobbying activities have been organised by the office in Berlin since 2013. Additionally, the GI runs programmes designed for young people and women to foster interest in informatics.

In addition to the Informatik Spektrum, which is the journal of the society, most of the society's special interest groups maintain their own journals. Overall the society has approximately 40 regular publications, and it sponsors a similar number of conferences and events annually.[2] Many of these conferences have their proceedings published in the GI's book series, Lecture Notes in Informatics, which also publishes Ph.D. thesis abstracts and research monographs.[4]

Every two years, the Gesellschaft für Informatik awards the Konrad Zuse Medal to an outstanding German computer science researcher.[2][5] It also offers prizes for the best Ph.D. thesis, for computer science education, for practical innovations, and for teams of student competitors.[6] Each year beginning in 2002, the GI has elected a small number of its members as fellows, its highest membership category.[7]


One of the biggest informatics conferences in the German-speaking world is the INFORMATIK. The conference is organised in cooperation with universities, each year in a different location. More than 1.000 participants visit workshops and keynotes regarding current challenges in the field of information technology. In addition, several special interest groups organise large meetings with an international reputation, for example the „Software Engineering (SE)“, the „Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI), the „Mensch-Computer-Interaktion (MCI)“ and the „Datenbanksysteme für Business, Technologie und Web(BTW)“.

The Detection of Intrusions and Malware, and Vulnerability Assessment event, designed to serve as a general forum for discussing malware and the vulnerability of computing systems to attacks, is another annual project under the auspices of the organization. Its last conference was held from 6 July to 7 July in the city of Bonn, Germany, being sponsored by entities such as Google, Rohde & Schwarz, and VMRay.[8]

Honorary members[edit]

The following people are honorary members of the Gesellschaft für Informatik due to their achievements in the field of informatics.[9]

Associated societies[edit]


  1. ^ (GI), Gesellschaft für Informatik (2017-10-19). "Über uns". (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Schwarz, Ernst (1996), "The German Informatics Society", in Zemanek, H. (ed.), 36 Years of IFIP, International Federation for Information Processing.
  3. ^ "Special interest groups (in German: Fachbereiche) of the Gesellschaft für Informatik". (in German). 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. ^ GI-Edition Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) (in German), retrieved 2012-03-09.
  5. ^ (GI), Gesellschaft für Informatik (2017-11-08). "Konrad-Zuse-Medaille". (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. ^ (GI), Gesellschaft für Informatik (2017-11-10). "List of awards of the Gesellschaft für Informatik". (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  7. ^ (GI), Gesellschaft für Informatik (2017-11-07). "Criteria for fellowship". (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  8. ^ "DIMVA 2017". University of Bonn. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik". Official website of the Gesellschaft für Informatik.

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