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 in the "Digital Humanities Research Collaboration" (DHFV) collaborative project, which has been based at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) since January 2012. In addition to the Göttingen Academy and the University of Göttingen, the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB), Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG), Göttingen's IT competence centre for scientific data processing, the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel (HAB) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (MPI-MMG) have come together within the scope of the collaborative project.
The Göttingen Academy is also a partner in the "Humanities Data Centre" (HDC) collaborative project, which was founded in May 2014 in order to develop a research data centre for the humanities. This initiative is led by Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG); other participants include the Göttingen State and University Library, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Zuse Institute Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
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 theatre in Wolfsburg.