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diplomat , educationist , politician , university professor , member of the German Bundestag , Bundesminister , Member of the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg

Annette Schavan, German government official.


Schavan, Annette was born on June 10, 1955 in Jüchen, Germany.


Doctor of Philisophy in Catholic Theology and Education, 1980.


She was the Federal Minister of Education and Research from 2005 to 2013, when she resigned following the revocation of her doctorate due to plagiarism. She currently serves as the German ambassador to the Holy See. From 1995-2005, Schavan served as the minister of culture, youth, and sports for the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

During this time, she oversaw school education in Baden-Württemberg. Schavan was regarded as a possible Christian Democratic candidate for Germany's presidency in 2004, but Horst Köhler was nominated and elected instead. Schavan served as federal minister for education from 2005 to February 2013.

She was succeeded by Johanna Wanka. Investigators found paraphrasing of secondary literature without naming the source in over 60 cases in the dissertation and thereby on 5 February 2013 revoked her doctorate degree because of “systematic and premeditated” deception. On 9 February 2013, it was announced that Annette Schavan had offered to resign as minister, which was accepted by chancellor Angela Merkel.

Schavan has denied any wrongdoing and indicated she would take legal action against the university.


  • In 2006, she received the Else Mayer Award.


In 2012, a blogger with the pseudonym Robert Schmidt who is a member of the research-network VroniPlag Wiki alleged he had found plagiarism in Schavan's PhD thesis, entitled "Character and conscience — Studies on the conditions, necessities, and demands on the development of conscience in the present day." The University of Düsseldorf conducted an investigation into the plagiarism charge.


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