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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 39 members, 27 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.SectionsElected Senators (Academy Members)
2InformaticsProf. Dr. Bernhard Nebel, Freiburg
3PhysicsProf. Dr. Gerd Leuchs, Erlangen
4ChemistryProf. Dr. Gerhard Erker, Münster
5Earth SciencesProf. Dr. Manfred R. Strecker, Potsdam
6Agricultural and Nutritional SciencesProf. Dr. Bertram Brenig, Göttingen
8Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyProf. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge, Köln
9Genetics/Molecular Biology and Cell BiologyProf. Dr. Nikolaus Amrhein, Zürich
10Biochemistry and BiophysicsProf. Dr. Roland Lill, Marburg
11Anatomy and AnthropologyProf. Dr. Wolfgang Kummer, Gießen
12Pathology and Forensic MedicineProf. Dr. Hans Kreipe, Hannover
13Microbiology and ImmunologyProf. Dr. Axel Brakhage, Jena
14Human Genetics and Molecular MedicineProf. Dr. Oliver Brüstle, Bonn
15Physiology and Pharmacology/ToxicologyProf. Dr. Armin Kurtz, Regensburg
16Internal Medicine and DermatologyProf. Dr. Thomas Schwarz, Kiel
17Surgery, Orthopaedics, AnaesthesiologyProf. Dr. Brigitte Vollmar, Rostock
18Gynaecology and PaediatricsProf. Dr. Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Berlin
19NeurosciencesProf. Dr. Peter Falkai, München
20Ophthalmology, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and StomatologyProf. Dr. Barbara Wollenberg, Munich
21RadiologyProf. Dr. Wolfram Knapp, Hannover
22Veterinary MedicineProf. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, Berlin
23History of Science and MedicineProf. Dr. Christoph Meinel, Regensburg
24EpistemologyProf. Dr. Ulrich Gähde, Hamburg
25Economics and Empirical Social SciencesProf. Dr. Martin Weber, Mannheim
26Psychology and Cognitive SciencesProf. Dr. Bernhard Hommel, Leiden (NL)
27Engineering SciencesProf. Dr. Horst Hahn, Karlsruhe
28Cultural SciencesProf. 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, Präsidentin der Universität Frankfurt

Presidents of research organisations or research funding institutions

  • German Research Foundation, Prof. Dr. Katja Becker ML, Bonn
  • Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, München
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pape ML, Berlin
  • German Rectors’ Conference, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, Berlin
  • Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hanns Hatt ML, Bochum




Dr. Jörg Beineke

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