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The Leopoldina’s Senate represents the interests of the Academy’s members before the Presidium and advises the Presidium. It currently has 40 members, 28 of whom are elected spokespersons, each representing one of the sections of the Academy. In addition, there are two elected members who represent the Academy’s members in Austria and Switzerland, respectively. Members of the Senate are elected for a term of four years and can be re-elected once.

The Senate generally convenes once a year. During these meetings, the Senate, in accordance with the statutes, elects members of the Presidium and honorary members, checks the Presidium’s annual reports and approves its actions, appoints auditors and decides on the expulsion of members. In addition, the Senate approves regulations governing the election of Academy members, spokespersons and regional representatives, members of the Senate and their deputies, and members of the Presidium, as well as structural regulations for the sections and adjunct territories.

No. Sections Elected Senators (Academy Members)  
1 Mathematics Prof. Dr. Friedrich Götze, Bielefeld  
2 Informatics Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fettweis, Dresden  
3 Physics Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs, Erlangen  
4 Chemistry Prof. Dr. Gerhard Erker, Münster  
5 Earth Sciences Prof. Dr. Manfred R. Strecker, Potsdam  
6 Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences Prof. Dr. Bertram Brenig, Göttingen  
7 Global Health Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, Potsdam  
8 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge, Köln  
9 Genetics/Molecular Biology and Cell Biology Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Amrhein, Zürich  
10 Biochemistry and Biophysics Prof. Dr. Roland Lill, Marburg  
11 Anatomy and Anthropology Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kummer, Gießen  
12 Pathology and Forensic Medicine Prof. Dr. Hans Kreipe, Hannover  
13 Microbiology and Immunology Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage, Jena  
14 Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle, Bonn  
15 Physiology and Pharmacology/Toxicology Prof. Dr. Armin Kurtz, Regensburg  
16 Internal Medicine and Dermatology Prof. Dr. Thomas Schwarz, Kiel  
17 Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesiology Prof. Dr. Brigitte Vollmar, Rostock  
18 Gynaecology and Paediatrics Prof. Dr. Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Berlin  
19 Neurosciences Prof. Dr. Peter Falkai, München  
20 Ophthalmology, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Stomatology Prof. Dr. Barbara Wollenberg, Munich  
21 Radiology Prof. Dr. Wolfram Knapp, Leipzig  
22 Veterinary Medicine Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Mettenleiter, Insel Riems  
23 History of Science and Medicine Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, Regensburg  
24 Philosophy of Science Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gähde, Hamburg  
25 Economics and Empirical Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Martin Weber, Mannheim  
26 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hommel, Dresden  
27 Engineering Sciences Prof. Dr. Horst Hahn, Karlsruhe  
28 Cultural Sciences Prof. Dr. Andreas Kablitz, Köln  

Senators of the adjunct territories Austria and Switzerland

Besides the senators elected by the sections and districts, the statutes allow for the Senate to include up to ten additional members, who do not necessarily have to be members of the Academy.   Five of these ten additional members are elected ad personam; they are generally selected from the ranks of those holding senior positions in research organisations or other scientific institutions. The other five additional members are elected ex officio; these are the presidents of five major German scientific and academic organisations: the German Research Foundation, the Max Planck Society, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

Honorary Members of the Senate

  • Dr. jur. Nikolaus von Bomhard, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats der Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft
  • Dr. Georg Schütte, Generalsekretär der VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Gather, Vorsitzende des Kuratoriums der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung
  • Prof. Dr. Renate Köcher, Geschäftsführerin des Instituts für Demoskopie Allensbach
  • Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff, Rektorin der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal

Presidents of research organisations or research funding institutions

  • German Research Foundation, Prof. Dr. Katja Becker ML, Bonn
  • Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer ML, München
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl ML, Berlin
  • German Rectors’ Conference, Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Berlin
  • Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Dr. Christoph Markschies, Berlin




Dr. Jörg Beineke

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