Der kleine Saal des Hygiene-Museums mit geschlossenener U-förmiger Bestuhlung.

The Foundation

About the Foundation

The Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum is a non profit foundation under civil law and is seated in Dresden. Its purpose is the advancement of science, education, and culture. To achieve it, the foundation receives annual matching contributions from the Free State of Saxony and from the state capital, Dresden. The foundation also receives limited grants from businesses and other foundations. The Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum has three organs: the Management Board, the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board.


The Foundation Management Board consists of the Director and the Director of Finance and Administration of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum.

The most important duties of the Foundation Management Board include management of the museum and personnel, the administration of the foundation's property, work scheduling, and financial planning. The management board takes action on the basis of decisions made by the foundation advisory board.


The Board of Trustees consists of representatives of Saxon state ministries, various divisions of the state capital Dresden and a representative of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The members of the Board of Trustees are delegated by the respective ministries or by the state capital and serve in an honorary capacity. They meet at least twice a year. Among other things, the Board of Trustees monitors the fulfilment of tasks by the Foundation Management Board, examines the business plan, adopts the annual financial statement and approves the activities of the Management Board.


Functioning alongside the Management Board and the Board of Trustees, it is the third organ of the foundation and consists of internationally respected scientists and exhibition specialists. All members of the Advisory Board serve in an honorary capacity. They are appointed by the Saxony's minister president and the chief mayor of Dresden, the state capital of Saxony. The Advisory Board convenes at least once a year for deliberations with the foundation's Management Board and Board of Trustees.

Members of the Foundation Management Board

Dr Iris Edenheiser


Dr Iris Edenheiser. Born in 1977 in Torgau/Elbe. Studied social and cultural anthropology, religious studies and Hispanic studies at the University of Leipzig and the Universidad de Granada (Spain). Doctorate at the University of Trier as a scholarship holder of the German Research Foundation within the framework of the Research Training Group "Identity and Difference" with research in Ecuador.

Traineeship at the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, then various functions at the Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen (SKD), including Custodian for the Collections from the Americas and Provisional Director. Head of Collections and Department "World Cultures and their Environment" at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums Mannheim and scholarship holder of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in the program Museion21. Until the end of 2021 Deputy Director at the Museum of European Cultures - National Museums in Berlin.

Curatorial cooperation projects, among others, with the Vatican Museums on the Dresden sculptor Ferdinand Pettrich in the Albertinum Dresden, and with the U'mista Culture Centre in Alert Bay, Canada. Lectures at the HTW Berlin, Master's program Museum Management and Communication, among others on protest cultures in museums, and at the Universities of Leipzig and Halle. Recent conferences and editorships: "What's Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe" (funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation), "Provenance Research on Ethnological Collections of the Colonial Period" (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation), and on Introduction to Museum Anthropology (funded by the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation). Member of the advisory board for the course "Museum Management and Communication", HTW Berlin.

Lisa Klamka

Director of Finance and Administration

Lisa Klamka. Born in 1990 in Berlin. Studied German Language and Literature, Art history and Economics at the Technical University of Dresden. Accompanying activities as a research assistant at the Institutes of Modern German Literature and Art History.

Worked for several years at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in the controlling departments in the areas of accounting and third-party funding controlling as well as curatorial projects as a research assistant in the department of research and scientific cooperation. Subsequently, personal assistant to the Director of Finance and development of the Internal Audit Department. Since 2021, Director of Finance and Administration and Member of the Board of the Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion

Frank-Peter Wieth, Department Head

Saxon State Ministry of Finance

Bernd Engelsberger, Department Head

Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism

Barbara Klepsch, State Minister (Deputy Chairperson)

Municipality of Dresden; Culture and Tourism Department

Annekatrin Klepsch, Mayor (Chairperson)


Municipality of Dresden; Finance and Real Estate Department


Dr. Peter Lames, Mayor

Municipality of Dresden; Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Housing Department

Dr. Kristin Klaudia Kaufmann, Mayor

The Federal Goverment Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Dr. Sebastian Saad, Head of Division

Members of the Advisory Board

Since  Januaray 1st, 2023


Prof. Dr. Magdalena Buchczyk
Junior Professor for Social Anthropology, Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius
Architect, raumlaborberlin, Berlin; Professor of Fine Arts/Cohabitation, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule, Frankfurt/M.

Beat Hächler
Director of the Alpine Museum of Switzerland, Bern

Prof. Dr. Karin Harrasser
Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Artistic and and Industrial Design, Linz/Austria

Prof. Dr. Susan Kamel
Professor of Collecting and Exhibiting in Theory and Practice, University of Applied Sciences of Berlin

Prof. Dr. Raj Kollmorgen
Professor of Management of Social Change, University of Applied Sciences of Zittau/Görlitz

Prof. em. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder
Emeritus Professor of Paleontology and Geobiology, Freie Universität of Berlin

Miryam Schellbach
Editor, Literary critic and Moderator; Program manager claassen Publishing house, Berlin