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The Leopoldina Presidium in September 2017. Image: Thomas Meinicke for the Leopoldina.

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. Gerald Haug assumed office as the Leopoldina’s 27th president on March 1st, 2020.


Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug, Climate Researcher, Halle/Mainz/Berlin

Vice Presidents

Prof. Dr. Dr. Gunnar Berg, Physicist, Halle (Saale)
Prof. Dr. Ulla Bonas, Geneticist, Halle (Saale)
Prof. PhD Regina Riphahn, Economist, Nürnberg
Prof. Dr. Thomas Krieg, Dermatologist, Cologne


Class I: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering

Prof. Dr. Sigmar Wittig, Engineering Scientist, Karlsruhe

Class II: Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Claus R. Bartram, Human Geneticist, Heidelberg

Class III: Medicine

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Zenner, Oto-Laryngologist, Oncologist, Tübingen

Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler, Psychologist, Hamburg

Members of the Presidium

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Computer Scientist, Saarbrücken
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Baumjohann, Earth Scientist, Graz
Prof. Dr. Martin Quack, Chemist, Zürich

Presidium Appointee for Archive, Library and Long-Term Projects

Prof. Dr. Heinz Schott, Historian of Medicine, Bonn (with consultative voice)

Secretary General

Prof. Dr. Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug, Neuroscientist, Halle (Saale) (with consultative voice)

Former presidency members (with consultative voice)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, Microbiologist, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Volker ter Meulen, Virologist, Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Bärbel Friedrich, Microbiologist, Berlin



Dr. Jörg Beineke

Senior Scientific Coordinator

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 954
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 919
E-Mail joerg.beineke @leopoldina.org