Foundation of the „Research Centre: German Sign Language“ as part of the German Language and Literature department of the University of Hamburg.
Opening of the Centre for German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf at Rothenbaumchaussee 45, Hamburg, on May 11th of 1987
Initiation of the degree program „Sign Languages“ in October as part of a pilot project.
Initiation of the degree program „Sign Language Interpreting“ in October as part of the same pilot project. The Centre receives two professorships which are accepted by Prof. Dr. Renate Fischer and Prof. Dr. Siegmund Prillwitz.
Move to the facilities in Binderstraße.
The Centre achieves its status as a separate institute in the Department of Linguistics.
The Centre celebrates its 10 year anniversary and in summer changes its name to Institute of German Sign Language.
Prof. Dr. Siegmund Prillwitz retires.
The Magister degree program „Sign Languages“ is converted into the BA/MA system.
In April, Prof. Dr. Christian Rathmann accepts professorship at IDGS as Prof. Dr. Siegmund Prillwitz’ successor.
The Diplom degree program „Sign Language Interpreting“ is converted into the BA/MA system.
The Institute of German Sign Language celebrates its 25 year anniversary on March 30th/31st of 2012.
2015Prof. Dr. Renate Fischer retires.
Prof. Dr. Annika Herrmann becomes the chair of the Institute of German Sign Language.
The Institute of German Sign Language moves to the new location Gorch-Fock-Wall 7.
The international conference Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) 13 takes place at the University of Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Liona Paulus is appointed professor of sign language interpreting and sign languages at the IDGS