On 12 September 2008, Dr. Andreas and Dr. Thomas Strüngmann founded the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI). The ESI has the legal form of a “gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (gGmbH)”, i.e. a non-profit corporation, with the Strüngmann brothers as “Gesellschafter” (partners). To finance the ESI, Dr. Andreas and Dr. Thomas Strüngmann founded the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation (ESF).
ESI’s founding directors are Prof. Wolf Singer and Prof. Pascal Fries. Mid July 2009, Prof. Fries became ESI’s first director and thereby ESI’s current managing director. On 1 April 2011, when Prof. Singer assumed emeritus status at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, he joined the ESI as Senior Research Group leader. On 1 October 2011, Dr. Ilka Diester joined the ESI as Research Group leader. On 1 August 2014, Ilka moved to a professorship at Freiburg University. On 1 May 2012, Dr. Michael Schmid started his Emmy Noether group at the ESI. On 1 August 2014, Hermann Cuntz started his Bernstein group at the ESI. Thus, currently, the ESI comprises the department of Prof. Fries (Fries Lab), the Senior Research Group of Prof. Singer (Singer Lab), the Research Group of Dr. Michael Schmid (Schmid Lab) and the Research Group of Dr. Hermann Cuntz (Cuntz Lab) and.