The German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) is the scientific professional association in German-speaking countries and regions for machine language processing in research, teaching and the profession. It actively endeavours to forge links between universities and industry. It supports cooperation with neighbouring disciplines such as linguistics and semiotics, computer science and mathematics, psychology and cognitive science, and information and documentation science. It also maintains contacts with relevant professional associations.

About us

The GSCL is the scientific association for research, teaching and professional work on natural language processing. It registered as a non-profit association, the charter can be found here. The society represents the interests of its members and promotes cooperation between the members and their working fields, such as:

  • automatic NL analysis and generation
  • corpus engineering and corpus linguistics
  • document processing and text technology
  • information retrieval and knowledge management
  • multimedia and hypermedia
  • dictionaries and terminological databases
  • machine translation
  • human-machine communication
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • tools for literary and linguistic research

There is a continuum between research and practical application. The GSCL actively endeavours to establish links between universities and industry. Outstanding student theses and dissertations are regularly honoured with the GSCL Prize or the Dissertation Prize.

The GSCL also supports shared task initiatives like GermEval, the cooperation with neighbouring disciplines (e.g., linguistics and semiotics, computer science and mathematics, psychology and cognitive science, data and information science, digital humanities), and keeps contact to the respective associations. There are international contacts with organisations like the Association for Computational Linguistics and the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH), formerly Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC).

GSCL Executive Board

The German Society for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics acts through its honorary mandate holders. The executive committee is responsible for all matters of the GSCL – e.g. convocation of the general meeting and implementation of its decisions, preparation of a budget, representation of GSCL to the outside – unless they are assigned by the statute to another body.

Prof. Dr. Annemarie Friedrich


Universität Augsburg

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Prof. Dr. Margot Mieskes

Vice President

Hochschule Darmstadt

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Prof. Dr. Michael Spranger

Information Office

Hochschule Mittweida

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PhD Gertrud Faaß


Universität Hildesheim

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Dr. Josef Ruppenhofer


FernUniversität in Hagen

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Prof. Dr. Christian Wartena

Editor of the JLCL

Hochschule Hannover

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GSCL Advisory Board

The Advisory Board has the task of advising and assisting the Board in all matters relating to the work and tasks of the Association, including budgetary matters.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Zesch

FernUniversität in Hagen

PD Dr. Roman Schneider (Sprecher)

Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache

Dr. Fernando Benites

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schroeder

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Heike Zinsmeister

Universität Hamburg

Dr. Nicolai Erbs


Dr. Bernhard Fisseni

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Additional Information

Contact us by post at:

Gesellschaft für Sprachtechnologie
und Computerlinguistik GSCL e.V.
Postfach 10 05 03
31105 Hildesheim