Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research ( German : Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung ), abbreviated BMBF , is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany . It is headquartered in Bonn , with an office in Berlin . The Ministry provides funding for research projects and institutions, regulates nuclear energy , and sets general educational policy. It also provides student loans in Germany. However, a large part of educational policy in Germany is a decision at the state level, strongly limiting the influence of the ministry in educational matters.


The Federal Ministry for Atomic Issues was established in 1955, concentrating on research in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The ministry was renamed in 1962 to the Federal Ministry of Scientific Research , with a scope scope; it was renamed again, to the Federal Ministry of Education and Science , in 1969.

A separate ministry, the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology , was established in 1972. The two Ministries merged in 1994 to form the Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology ; This title was shortened to the Federal Ministry for Education and Research in 1998.


Ministry of Education and Research headquarters building, Bonn

The BMBF currently has eight departments (as of February 2009). These are in addition to the central department that is responsible for administrative tasks: [1]

  • Office 1: Strategies and Policy Issues
  • Office 2: European and international cooperation in education and research
  • Office 3: Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning
  • Office 4: Science
  • Office 5: Key Technologies – Research for Innovation
  • Office 6: Life Sciences – Research for Health
  • Office 7: Provision for the Future – Research on Culture, Basic Science and Sustainability

Each department consists of one or two sub-divisions and 10 to 15 units. The greater part of the subdivision is located at the Bonn office, the smaller part of the Berlin office. Employs about 900 people, the BMBF. The Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka . In addition, include two parliamentary secretaries and two civilian servants lead the staff.

Federal Ministers

Political Party: CDU SPD

Portrait Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Education, Science, Research and Technology
Jürgen Rüttgers
(b 1951)
CDU 17 November 1994 October 26, 1998 Kohl
( V )
Federal Minister for Education and Research
Edelgard Bulmahn
(b 1951)
SPD October 26, 1998 November 22, 2005 Schröder
( I • II )
Annette Schavan b.1955
CDU November 22, 2005 February 14, 2013 Merkel
( I • II )
Johanna Wanka b.1951
CDU February 14, 2013 incumbent Merkel
( II • III )

See also

  • German Historical Institutes
  • Perspectivia.net
  • Kultusministerkonferenz (State of Education in Germany)


  1. Jump up^ „Bundesministeriums organization for Bildung und Forschung“ (PDF) . BMBF. p. 1. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2007-10-25 . Retrieved 2009-02-15 .