The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) in Delmenhorst is a non-profit foundation of the states of Bremen and Lower Saxony and the City of Delmenhorst. The HWK strenghtens and promotes excellent science and research, in particular by inviting scientists, artists and authors from all over the world to temporary stays (Fellowships) and by organizing scientific events. Depending on the project, this also takes place in close cooperation with scientific institutions in the Northwest region. The work of the foundation and its organs is governed by the foundation's statutes.
In cooperation with the universities and partners in the Unlike comparable colleges, the research areas Brain, Earth, Energy and Society, as well as Arts and Literature, combine theoretical work with experimental research.