Bodies and Committees


The Verwaltungsrat monitors and advises the Board of Directors, which conducts the business of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, with regard to the expediency and cost-effectiveness of its activities (Statutes of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, § 9). The Verwaltungsrat consists of elected members, office members and two other members. The election members are elected among the members of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research by the Meeting of Members for a term of four years. Official members are representatives of the ministries responsible in the seven states that Senckenberg has a site in. The other two members are delegated to the Verwaltungsrat by the Dr. Senckenbergische Stiftung and the City of Frankfurt. The Verwaltungsrat elects the Chairperson, who bears the title “Director of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research” and forms a working committee (Presidential Committee) among its members.

Elected Members (January, 2015)

• Dr. Holger Alfes, (Lawyer, Partner Noerr LLP)
• Dr. Werner Brandt (ehemals Executive Board Member, Chief Financial Officer SAP AG)
• *Dr. h.c. Beate Heraeus, (President der SGN)
• *Carsten Kratz, (Head of The Boston Consulting Group)
• Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, (President of Goethe-Instituts)
• *Bernd Loewen, (Member of the Board, KfW Bankengruppe)
• Emmerich Müller, (Partner B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA)
• Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch, (Director Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt)
• Prof. Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber, (Member of the Deutscher Bundestag)
• Dietmar Schmid, (Chairman of the Verwaltungsrat der BHF-BANK)
• Prof. Dr. Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, (Vice President of the Goethe-Universität)
• Prof. Dr. Rudolf Steinberg, (former President der Goethe-Universität)


Assigned Members

•*Anja Steinhofer-Adam (Hesse Ministry of Science and Arts)
Marco Keser (Authority of Education and Research)
Christoph Meier (Saxon Ministry of Science and Arts)
•*Dr. Angelika Willms-Herget (Federal German Ministry of Education and Research)


Nachrichtliche Members

Hartung, Dr. Barbara (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur)
Herok, Dr. Claudia (Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Brandenburg)
Fetter, Robert (Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft)


 Regular Guests

• Prof. Dr. Michael Wink (Chair of the Senckenberg and BiK-F Science Advisory Boards)
• Prof. h. c. Wolfgang Strutz, (Honorary President of SGN)


Other Members

• Dr. med. Kosta Schopow (Chairman of the Administration der Dr. Senckenbergischen Stiftung)
• Prof. Dr. Felix Semmelroth (Department of Science and Arts)


 as well as the members of the Direktorium

• Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Volker Mosbrugger
• Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch
• Stephanie Schwedhelm
• Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese
• Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz
• Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kröncke

*mandate rotates every 2 years between: