Bodies and Committees

Administrative Board

The Administrative Board supervises 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 Administrative Board consists of elected members, delegates and two additional members. The elected members are appointed from among the members of the Society by the General Assembly for a term of office of four years. Delegates are representatives of the ministries responsible in the seven states that Senckenberg has a location in. The additional two members are delegated to the Administrative Board by the Dr. Senckenbergische Stiftung and the City of Frankfurt. The Administrative Board elects the Chairperson, who bears the title “President of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research” and forms a working committee among its members.
Composition of the Administrative Board
(as of November 2023)

Composition of the Administrative Board

(November, 2023)

Elected Members

  • *Kratz, Carsten (Chair of the Supervisory Board/President of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research)
  • *Alfes, Dr. Holger (Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board, LL. M. Lawyer, Partner Noerr LLP)
  • *Heraeus, Dr. h. c. Beate
  • *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 (Former BHF-Bank-Stiftung)


  • Metje, Dr. Tim (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)

Delegates (information status) 1

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

Additional 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)


  • 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)

Board of Directors 

  • Tockner, Prof. Dr. Klement (Director General, Head of the Board of Directors)
  • Dr. Martin Mittelbach (Administrative Director)
  • Brandt, Prof. Dr. Angelika
  • Mulch, Prof. Dr. Andreas


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

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