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 “President of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research” and forms a working committee (Presidential Committee) among its members.

Composition of the Verwaltungsrat

(March, 2022)

Elected Members

  • *Heraeus, Dr. h.c. Beate (Chair of the Verwaltungsrat/President of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research)
  • *Kratz, Carsten (Vice-Chair of the Verwaltungsrat, Senior Partner and Head of Bridgepoint GmbH)
  • *Alfes, Dr. Holger (LL. M. Lawyer, Partner Noerr LLP)
  • *Loewen, Bernd (Board member of KfW Bankengruppe, Frankfurt)
  • Maas, Prof. Dr. Jochen (Managing Director Research & Development, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH)
  • Müller, Emmerich (Partner B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG)
  • Quandt, Kathrin
  • Schleiff, Prof. Dr. Enrico (President of Goethe-University Frankfurt)
  • Schmid, Dietmar (Formerly BHF-Bank-Stiftung)

Assigned Members

  • Gläser, Dr. Babett (Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts)
  • Podßuweit, Jana (Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft)
  • *Dr. Lux, Dorothee (Hesse Ministry of Science and Arts)
  • *Stupp, Dr. Stefan Johannes (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

Nachrichtliche Members1

  • Keser, Marco (Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities)
  • Schnieders, Dr. David (Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony)
  • Schlotzhauer, Dr. Inge (Ministry ofScience, Research and Culture of Brandenburg)
  • Kuntze, Veronica (Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts)

Other Members

  • Hartwig, Dr. Ina (Department Head for Culture and Science, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Schopow, Dr. med. Kosta (Chairman of the Administration der Dr. Senckenbergischen Stiftung)

 Regular Guests

  • Riesenhuber, Prof. Dr. Heinz (Honorary Member of the Verwaltungsrat; former member of the German Bundestag)
  • Kramer-Schadt, Prof. Dr. Stephanie (Chairwoman of the scientifical advisory board, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin) 
  • Strutz, Prof. h.c. Wolfgang (Honorary President of SGN)

 Direktorium of SGN

  • Tockner, Prof. Dr. Klement (Direktor General, Head of the Board of Directors)
  • Dr. Martin Mittelbach (Administrative Director)
  • Böhning-Gaese, Prof. Dr. Katrin
  • Mulch, Prof. Dr. Andreas


The persons marked with * are members of the Executive Committee.

  1. mandate rotates every 2 years between Brandenburg, Hamburg, Thüringen, Niedersachsen