The Günter-Thiele-Foundation is committed to research and teaching in the field of communication management at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig, as well as to promoting young academics.

This is realized through the support of various projects:


  • Europe’s leading think tank on strategic communication
  • Research & innovations around corporate communications
  • Latest, scientific findings
  • An exclusive network of the leading minds in communications research and practice

Center for Research in Financial Communication

  • The world’s only think tank in the field of financial communication and investor relations
  • Anchoring financial communication in university research and teaching
  • Strengthening the exchange of knowledge between practice and science

CENTER FOR History & Corporate Communication

  • Platform for the bundling of historical PR research
  • Think tank and networking on the topic of communicating corporate history

Communication Benchmarking Initiative

  • Completed project with exclusive and valid data to manage corporate communications
  • Three waves of research (2022, 2019 & 2017) with a total of 54 companies
  • Lautenbach Sass and University of Leipzig (Prof. Zerfaß) as partners and initiators