Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier is bidding farewell to Professor Hermann Parzinger, outgoing President of the German Archaeological Institute, and welcoming his successor, Professor Hans-Joachim Gehrke, on Friday 22 February. After the Minister gives an address, both the new and the old presidents of the DAI will take the floor.
The archaeological institute founded in 1829 has, with one interruption, been affiliated to the Federal Foreign Office since 1874. The world-famous institute carries out archaeological excavations, fosters contact with international scholars and is an important partner for the Federal Foreign Office's foreign science policy. It has departments in Rome, Athens, Cairo, Istanbul and Madrid plus branches in Tehran, Baghdad, Sana'a and Damascus. Recently it opened research centres in Ulan Bator, Amman and Jerusalem and offices in Beijing and New York. These branches in other countries also serve as contact pools for scientists in each respective country.