German Data Forum (RatSWD)


The Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is responsible for managing the business of the German Data Forum (RatSWD). The business office is attached to the presidential area of the WZB.

Established in 2004, the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) is an independent council. It advises the German federal government and the federal states (Länder) in matters concerning the research data infrastructure for the empirical social, behavioural, and economic sciences. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has 16 members. Membership consists of eight elected representatives of the social, behavioural, and economic sciences and eight appointed representatives of Germany’s most important data producers.

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) offers a forum for dialogue between researchers and data producers, who jointly issue recommendations and position papers. The council furthers the development of a research infrastructure that provides researchers with flexible and secure access to a broad range of data. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has accredited 32 research data centres and fosters their interaction and collaboration.

More information can be found on the RatSWD website:

Mitarbeiter/innen Geschäftsstelle RatSWD
Bernhard Ludewig

Business Office



Dr. Mathias Bug


Marie Bormann

Dr. Nora Dörrenbächer

Dr. Anna Fräßdorf

Jonas Huggins

Kathrin Köhler

Claudia Kreutz

Thomas Runge

Lea Salathé

Susanne Zindler

Billing address
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB)
Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD)
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin

Office address
Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD)
Rungestr. 9
10179 Berlin

E-Mail: office [at]