Independent and Reliable
Policymakers are increasingly reliant on the advising services provided by outside experts. The complex nature of the social and economic decisions made by government is one driver of this trend. At the same time, calls have grown louder for public policy that is informed by sound scientific insight.
While evidence-based policy advising cannot replace public debate on key issues, it can initiate such debate and place it on sound empirical footing.
FIZ Karlsruhe: Policy Advising on Information Infrastructure
FIZ Karlsruhe has a strong reputation for providing sound policy advising in the area of information infrastructure. For many years we have contributed on a voluntary basis to important government committees, working groups, and expert associations.
Thanks in part to our efforts, the coalition agreement adopted by the current German government address the issue of information infrastructure. Furthermore, we played a key role in prompting the Joint Scientific Conference of the German States and Federal Government (GWK) to establish an "Advisory Body for Information Infrastructure." The establishment of this advisory body came following recommendations made by the German Council of Science and Humanities and the Commission for the Future of Information Infrastructure.
The Council for Scientific Information Infrastructure
The Council for Scientific Information Infrastructure was founded in 2014. Its mission to promote the development of information infrastructure for science, as well as to facilitate the coordination of efforts in this area. The Council will provide advisory services to scientists and policymakers concerning the further development of information infrastructure. Sabine Brünger-Weilandt is member of the council since 2014 and has been the Deputy Chairman of the Council from 2014 to 2016.
Digitization in Education and Science
In the summer of 2015 Sabine Brünger-Weilandt was appointed a member of the “Digitization in education and science” platform. It covers topics from changes in education and further training to open questions on how to handle strongly growing amounts of research data. The platform is an initiative within the framework of the digital agenda and part of the German government’s national IT summit.
"Digital Information," an Initiative of the Alliance for Scientific Organizations
Dr. Karl-Heinz Weber is a member of the Steering Committee of the Digital Information Initiative of the Alliance for Scientific Organizations.
We are involved in activities at the European level as well. Since 2013 Sabine Brünger-Weilandt has been a member of the "Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on European Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures" as a German expert contributor.
Our staff members are involved in economic policy formation and in notable professional organizations. Dr. Luzian Weisel, for example, is the Vice President of the German Association for Information & Knowledge (DGI).