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The Association

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is legally registered as a non-profit association. The President is the acting executive for all association related legal purposes, directing and representing the association and conducting its business.

GESIS Statutes [only in German]

Our statutes set out the basic foundations of our non-profit association.


The president bears the overall responsibility for the research and services as well as the scientific orientation of GESIS and represents the institute externally. 

Board of Trustees

As a supervisory body the Board of Trustees advises and supervises the President. All affairs and arrangements of fundamental significance that exceed the ordinary course of business require the prior consent of the Board of Trustees.

General Meeting of members

Members of the association include universities and professional associations of the social sciences.

The Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board monitors and gives advice on the association’s long-term development.

User Advisory Board

The General Meeting of members establishes a User Advisory Board.

Rules of Good Scientific Practice

GESIS is bound to the Rules of Good Scientific Practice.

GESIS' Ombudsperson

Prof. Dr. Birgit Becker is GESIS' ombudsperson for good scientific practice and chairperson of the ethics committee.