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Membership in the non-profit Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Any institution is eligible to apply for membership to the Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (scientific information service) if it can present evidence that

  1. it is actively engaged in scientific research, academic teaching, research promotion, science policy or the transfer of research and technology and
  2. it operates its own press and public relations office.

In order to ensure a high quality standard, members are exclusively permitted to publish scientific content originating from their own institution. Any and all commercial content is prohibited.

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Admission procedure

If you are interested in becoming a member in our service, please contact the our team. To check your qualification for membership, we need conclusive information about your institution – such as links to your website, press releases or your current statutes. We want to get an idea of your institution’s main fields of activity. Please send this information with your request to check your qualifications to The qualification check normally takes about two weeks. There is no legal entitlement to admission to the association.

If we accept your institution, your press relations officer and/or his/her deputy will receive introductory instructions by telephone on how to use the platform We will enter your institution in the membership directory with the contact details of your press office. Finally, the newly admitted institution will sign a declaration of idw membership containing the contractual conditions of cooperation.

Membership fees and termination

The annual membership fees depend on the type of member institution:

  • universities: EUR 915
  • other academic institutions, such as universities of applied sciences, teacher training colleges, academies of arts and music: EUR 740
  • research institutions: EUR 800
  • commercial enterprises: EUR 1.145
  • other member institutions: EUR 800

From the date of acceptance to the end of the following month, every new member is welcome to test the idw without restrictions and completely free of charge. During this trial period, the membership can be terminated at any time with immediate effect and without stating reasons. After the end of the trial period, termination of membership is only possible to the end of a financial year (effective 31 December in each case). The notice of termination must be given in writing and be received by us at the latest by 31 October of the financial year.

Voluntary commitment of member institutions

By joining idw, the member institutions undertake, among other things,

  • not to enter any press releases or pictures in the database without disclosing the names of the persons who are legally responsible
  • to refrain from disseminating any illegal content via,
  • to publish only such information via idw as is directly related to research, studies and teaching, research promotion, science policy or knowledge and technology transfer,
  • to make proper use of the classification system established by idw when entering their information,
  • to refrain from using idw to propagate commercial content,
  • to pass on requests for experts only to experts within their own institution.

Additional information

You will find all idw members in the membership directory . Please also observe the conditions of use and the data confidentiality declaration. We will send you our association statutes upon request.


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Combination of search terms

You can combine search terms with and, or and/or not, e.g. Philo not logy.


You can use brackets to separate combinations from each other, e.g. (Philo not logy) or (Psycho and logy).


Coherent groups of words will be located as complete phrases if you put them into quotation marks, e.g. “Federal Republic of Germany”.

Selection criteria

You can also use the advanced search without entering search terms. It will then follow the criteria you have selected (e.g. country or subject area).

If you have not selected any criteria in a given category, the entire category will be searched (e.g. all subject areas or all countries).