The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities is a learned society rich in tradition and a non-university research institution. It brings together outstanding academics across national and disciplinary boundaries. As a research institution, it is in charge of long-term-projects of international importance in the area of fundamental research in the humanities. It also promotes digitisation in research and pushes for free access to academic publications online. The Göttingen Academy organises and participates in numerous public events. On these occasions, it promotes dialogue on questions of social importance and offers in-depth insights into particular areas of knowledge.
In the area of fundamental research in the humanities, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities is the biggest non-university institution in Lower Saxony. It is currently in charge of 20 long-term projects in the Academies' Programme, Germany's largest research programme in the humanities, which is funded by the German federal and state governments. In addition, members of the Academy engage in research on specific topics in the humanities and natural sciences together with other experts in the eleven working groups that currently exist.
The Göttingen Academy has a library with its own publications and publication series as well as the res doctae document server, which, since 2010, has been offering members of the Academy and members of its academic working groups and projects the opportunity to publish electronically. The Academy promotes outstanding scholarly achievements by young academics with prizes, and it awards the Gauss Professorship, which offers noted academics from abroad the opportunity to spend a period in Göttingen teaching and researching as a guest of the Academy.
It organises summer schools on the topics of its research projects in which students from various countries participate.
The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities is a partner of the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) since January 2012. The Göttingen Academy is also a member of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) initiative, which was founded by the government in order to develop research data infrastructure for the humanities and sciences. For all these activities, the Göttingen Academy uses the services of the Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG), Göttingen's IT competence centre for scientific data processing.
On several fields of digital research the Göttingen Academy works together with the IT-experts of the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB). The Göttingen Academy also regularly collaborates with other academic institutions with regard to public events. For instance, it offers a lecture series every semester together with the University of Göttingen and organises a series of talks together with the Braunschweig Scientific Society once a year in the phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg.