CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .

5. January 2015

CISPA Director Michael Backes admitted into acatech

We are happy and honored to announce the admission of CISPA Director Michael Backes into the German Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech .

acatech represents the interests of the German scientific and technological communities at national and international levels. As a working academy, acatech supports and counsels policy-makers, industry and society on future technology issues.

The members of acatech are admitted into the organisation on the basis of their outstanding scientific achievements and excellent reputation. Since acatech deals with a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary issues in science and technology, members are drawn from engineering and the natural sciences, from the humanities and the social sciences. Michael Backes’s membership was determined by a decision of the General Assembly in December 2014, making him the youngest member of the academy.