The Academy is led by a Presidium whose members generally meet once a month to discuss and prepare all major decisions regarding the Academy. The Leopoldina is managed in accordance with its statutes, the Presidium’s rules of procedure and its election regulations.
The members of the Presidium are elected by the Senate and serve for a period of five years; they can be re-elected once. As defined by the law, the Presidium is chaired by the President and four Vice Presidents. It also includes other members. Prof. Jörg Hacker assumed office as the Leopoldina’s 26th president on 1 March 2010.
Class I: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering
Class II: Life Sciences
Class III: Medicine
Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Prof. Dr. Volker ter Meulen, Virologist, Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Benno Parthier, Plant Biochemist, Halle (Saale)
Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, Virologist, Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Gunter S. Fischer, Chemist, Halle (Saale)
Prof. Dr. Bärbel Friedrich, Microbiologist, Berlin
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