Foto: Martina Sander
Foto: Martina Sander

The WZB Alumni: A World Wide Network

Since the WZB was founded 45 years ago, some 2000 persons have worked here. These alumni form a world-wide network which we would like to make visible. The alumni are important partners in dialogue - potential advisors, project partners, multipliers, employers, political allies, volunteers, and financial supporters. And they show us that the WZB is part of a tradition that we want to preserve and develop.

In 2013 a call for alumni registration went out and the feedback was outstanding: more than 750 alumni agreed to take part in the new network.

With an alumni newsletter, we want to inform you regularly about the alumni news and special events at the WZB. If you want to be on the regular WZB mailing list, you can register your name here. Please bear with us that we will mostly communicate via e-mail.

And we are always interested in news from you: whether it is your current address or the one of a co-alumnus, a new position in academia or off-campus. In the course of time we also will offer you new ideas, stories, projects, and dialogue partners on our homepage – as long as you help us find them.

Speakers of the Alumni

Christoph Albrecht, Knuth Dohse, Bernhard Glaeser and Tatjana Zieher are our informal alumni speakers. You can contact them here.
Anyone willing to join them is more than welcome to alumni [at] (contact us).


Dr. Katrin Schwenk
Office for Networking and Development
Phone: +49 (0)30 25491-535
Fax: +49 (0)30 25491-514
Mail: alumni [at]

Become Alumna/Alumnus

Have you ever worked at the WZB, been a visiting/research fellow? Or were you an intern? Become a member of the WZB Alumni network - just register here or fill in the declaration of consent and send it to alumni [at]

WZB wins the bid for an international alumni conference

The WZB has won the call for applications for an international alumni meeting issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The prize is endowed with 40.000 Euros. The prize money will be used to fund a WZB alumni conference entitled “The Social Sciences in Times of Brexit” at the University of Oxford on June 14 and 15, 2018.


WZB-Alumni Interviews from 2014

Alumni reunion

The last alumni reunion took place on Thursday, 4th of May, 2017 at WZB. The event began with the discussion series "Young researchers meet politics", followed by the alumni meeting. Photos of the event are here.
To view pictures from our last alumni reunion from October 2015, please click here.

Alumni engagement

Our alumni are actively involved in the WZB in many ways - as "Friends of the WZB" or as mentors at our Career Day, advising and supporting young researchers with their knowledge and expertise.


The WZB in one sentence? Your best memory? We document it for you.

"The WZB combines the highest standards of social science with a public purpose to create the most intellectually stimulating places I have ever worked." (Prof. Mark Cassell, Kent State University)