The conceptual and operational work of the Hanns Seidel Foundation is concentrated primarily in four departments. Whilst the Academy for Politics and Current Affairs focuses on current trends and scholarly research, the Institute for Political Education offers seminars on a number of different topics. The Institute for Scholarship Programmes fosters up-and-coming researchers with programmes that benefit talented academics who are socially committed. The Institute for International Cooperation operates and evaluates development cooperation projects. The main focus here is good governance, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Institute for European and Transatlantic Dialogue maintains offices in 13 European countries including Russia and in the United States. It considers itself a bridge builder and mediator in Europe and a platform for the development of solutions to difficult political questions
The Central Services division provides these four departments with support as a service provider. The Banz Monastery Educational Centre and the Conference Centre at the foundation’s headquarters in Munich represent places to meet and engage in dialogue. The overarching guidelines governing the foundation’s work include the relationship between citizens and the state and the tension between globalisation and regionalisation. Here too, the focus is on the new role of Germany and Europe in light of international conflicts and migration, the impact of the increasing individualisation of society and questions of responsibility for future generations.