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The academic structure of the Leopoldina consists of classes and sections. Depending on their particular area of research, all Academy members belong to one of the 28 specialised sections, which are grouped into four classes. Introduced in 2009, this grouping of sections into classes fosters discussion between the disciplines and encourages active participation in Academy life.

Class I: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering

No. Name of Section    
1 Mathematics    
2 Informatics    
3 Physics    
4 Chemistry    
5 Earth Sciences    
27 Engineering Sciences    

Spokesperson: Prof. Gerhard Erker (Section 4), Deputy: Prof. Johanna Stachel, Heidelberg (Sektion 3)

Class II: Life Sciences

No. Name of Section  
6 Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences  
8 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology  
9 Genetics/Molecular Biology and Cell Biology  
10 Biochemistry and Biophysics  
13 Microbiology and Immunology  
14 Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine  
15 Physiology and Pharmacology/Toxicology  

Spokesperson: Prof. Roland Lill, Marburg (Section 10), Deputy: Prof. Regine Kahmann, Marburg (Section 9)

Class III: Medicine

No. Name of Section    
7 Global Health (in foundation)    
11 Anatomy and Anthropology    
12 Pathology and Forensic Medicine    
16 Internal Medicine and Dermatology    
17 Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesiology    
18 Gynaecology and Paediatrics    
19 Neurosciences    
20 Ophthalmology, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Stomatology    
21 Radiology    
22 Veterinary Medicine    

Spokesperson: Prof. Barbara Wollenberg, Munich (Section 20), Deputy: Prof. H. K. Müller-Hermelink, Würzburg (Section 12)

Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences

No. Name of Section    
23 History of Science and Medicine    
24 Philosophy of Science    
25 Economics and Empirical Social Sciences    
26 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences    
28 Cultural Sciences    

Spokesperson: Professor Dr Andreas Diekmann, Zürich (Section 25), Debuty: Professor Dr Carsten Reinhardt, Bielefeld (Section 23)




Dr. Jörg Beineke

Senior Scientific Coordinator

Phone 0345 47 239 - 954
Fax 0345 47 239 - 919
E-Mail joerg.beineke (at)leopoldina.org