The Society

The Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (GfKl) Data Science Society was founded in 1977 to develop research activities related to the classi­fication and ordering of data, to the processing of statistical or conceptual information, and to the construction of databases and information (retrieval) systems. It was one of the objectives to foster the exchange of methods and the personal contacts between different disciplines as well as to promote the education in this domain.

Managing Board (2022 – 2025):

  • President: Prof. Dr. A.F.X. Wilhelm (Jacobs University Bremen)
  • 1st Vice President: Prof. Dr. H. A. Kestler (University of Ulm)
  • 2nd Vice President: PD Dr. habil. Friederike Paetz (Technical University Clausthal)
  • Treasurer: Prof. Dr. K. Lübke (FOM University of Applied Sciences Dortmund)
  • Additional Members of the Managing Board: Prof. Dr. Eyke Hüllermeier (University of Paderborn), Prof. Dr. Dominik Heider (Philipps-University Marburg), Dr. Ursula Garczarek (Cytel Inc.)

Advisory Board (2016 – 2019):

  • Prof. (i.R.) Dr. Dr.h.c. H.-H. Bock (RWTH, Aachen)
  • Prof. Dr. R. Decker (Universität Bielefeld)
  • Prof. (em) Dr. W. Gaul (KIT, Karlsruhe)
  • Dr. C. Hennig (UCL, London)
  • H.-J. Mucha (Weierstraß-Institut Berlin)
  • Prof. (em) Dr. O. Opitz (Universität Augsburg)
  • Prof. (em) Dr. G. Ritter (Universität Passau)
  • F. Scholze (KIT, Karlsruhe)
  • Prof. Dr. M. Spiliopoulou (Universität Magdeburg)
  • Prof. Dr. W. Steiner (Technische Universität Clausthal)
  • Prof. Dr. A. Ultsch (Universität Marburg)
  • Prof. Dr. C. Weihs (Technische Universität Dortmund)

Managing Editors “Studies in Classification, Data Analysis and Knowledge Organization”:


  • Prof. Dr. C. Weihs (Dortmund)
  • Prof. (em) Dr. W. Gaul (Karlsruhe)
  • Prof. Dr. M. Vichi (Rom)

Members of GfKl im Council der International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS):

  • Prof. Dr. H. A. Kestler (Ulm)
  • Prof. Dr. C. Weihs (Dortmund)