Foundation and Funding

Through the end of 2005, Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, was financed jointly by the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate state governments, this financing being supplemented by donations from various sponsors in industry and publishing houses. Since 1 January 2006, the Center has also received funding from the federal government. Thanks to the funding from all these sources, informatics researchers from all over the world now have a center for exchanging ideas, advancing their research and tapping into new fields of application.


The financing regulations imposed on the Center by public funding did not allow for much leeway in the Center’s fiscal planning and expenditure, consequently this led to the establishment of the Schloss Dagstuhl Center Foundation. This makes it possible to react flexibly to unforeseen challenges.


The sole purpose of the Foundation is to promote the Center's objectives as stated in its Articles of Incorporation, in particular by providing funding for the promotion of young scientists and providing funding for the Center's Informatics Research Library from income generated by the Foundation’s assets and from donations and contributions of third parties earmarked for this purpose. Young researchers are fostered by grants for participation in seminars organized by the Center, for research stays in Schloss Dagstuhl, or for temporary projects.


Schloss Dagstuhl can be supported via the Foundation in various manners:

  • Contributing member, individual membership (minimum annual membership fee: €60).

  • Contributing member, corporate/institutional membership (minimum annual membership fee: €600 for educational institutions, €1,200 for corporate and other members).

  • Sponsoring of individual events: Dagstuhl has proven an invaluable forum for industry players as it provides a common turf for meeting with researchers. This means that researchers become acquainted with new requirements and developments in industry, with the latest scientific findings and results being conveyed to industry players. Companies can show their appreciation of the Dagstuhl concept and the Center's work by contributing to the Dagstuhl Foundation or sponsoring individual Dagstuhl Seminars. The widespread positive response to the Dagstuhl Seminars is proof of their high renown. Companies sponsoring Dagstuhl Seminars are afforded the opportunity of sharing in this renown. Sizable contributions are given honorable mention via the Dagstuhl events website and other media.

  • Corporate donations: The Foundation is still dependent on the generous contributions and donations of companies, as the Foundation's assets have not yet reached the level as provided for in section 3 of the Articles of Incorporation.

The Foundation’s contributing members are the exclusive recipients of an annual scientific publication detailing the results and findings of the Dagstuhl Seminars, in addition to the Center's Annual Report including the program of the Dagstuhl Seminars and other events hosted at the Center.


Further information:


If you have specific questions or comments please contact Dr. Roswitha Bardohl

Options to support

Donations and contributions to the Library

We welcome contributions and donations to our library, e.g. by way of book donations (author's copies or donations from publishing houses). For details, please refer to the library's donation webpages.

Art donations

Schloss Dagstuhl's collection of modern art is the result of the generosity of individual donors and donor groups. If you, too, would like to support the Center's art collection, please refer to the art donation webpages for more information.