The Günter-Thiele Foundation has emerged out of the former Foundation for the Promotion of PR science at the University of Leipzig and the “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft“ as a legally independent non-profit making foundation in December 2014. The foundation is subject to legal supervision by the Land of Saxony. 

The foundation’s objective is to support the science and research as well as to promote development of young researchers and teaching with the focus on communications management, public relations and strategic communication. In particular, the previous work performed at the Institute of media and communication at the University of Leipzig science need to be pursued, consolidated and further extended. The purpose of the foundation is served in particular through realizing scientific events and research projects, promoting academic publications, promoting continuing education and training projects, promoting the international cooperation with foreign research institutions, promoting the historic research in the field of PR and communications management especially within the projects “pr-museum” as well as “PR-Archiv” at the University of Leipzig and supporting the institute as well as the organization and project sponsorship by the Academic Society for Corporate Management & Communication.

The Foundation for the Promotion of PR science at the University of Leipzig, founded in 2000, supported the local research and teaching with more than one million Euros that emerged out of the project funding and the foundation capital. Among other things an endowed chair was financed five years long. 

Eponym Günter Thiele 

The foundation is named after the co-founder and honorary chairman Dr. h.c. Günter F. Thiele, who has been actively involved in promoting the PR research in the German-speaking area since the early 90s. Previously Thiele was partner in the largest German communication service provider, the PR agency ACB Press Information. 

Commendation for excellent degree theses

Every year since 2004 the foundation confers the Günter-Thiele Award for excellent degree theses in the field of public relations and communications management at the University of Leipzig. 

Board of trustees

Members of the Board of trustees of the Günter-Thiele Foundation:
- Prof. Dr. Bernd Schuppener, Hamburg; chairman
- Prof. Dr. Werner Süss, Berlin; vice chairman
- Prof. Dr. Günter Bentele, Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfaß, Leipzig
- Erich Steinsdörfer, managing director „Deutsches Stiftungszentrum“; Essen