Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


The Senate has around 30 members, comprising eminent figures from the worlds of science, business and public life, representatives of the federal and state governments, and members of the Scientific and Technical Council (STC).


The Senate’s duties include appointing members of the Executive Board, defining the outlines of Fraunhofer’s science and research policy, and formulating decisions concerning the establishment, devolution, merger or dissolution of research entities belonging to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Members from the science and business communities, and from public life

  • Dr.-Ing. E. h. Michael von Bronk
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann
    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, Salzgitter AG,
    Chairman of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Kerstin Grosse
    Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, KOMSA Kommunikation Sachsen AG
  • Dr. Sabine Herlitschka
    CEO and CTO, Infineon Technologies Austria AG
  • Reiner Hoffmann
    President of the German Trade Union Confederation, DGB
  • Dr. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller
    President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board, TRUMPF GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dr.-Ing. E. h. Friedhelm Loh
    Owner and Chairman of the Board of Management, Friedhelm Loh Group
  • Pär Malmhagen
  • Hildegard Müller
  • Prof. Dr. E. h. Hans J. Naumann
    Chairman of the Board, NILES-SIMMONS Industrieanlagen GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm
    Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Tankred Schipanski
    Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU parliamentary group
  • Carsten Schneider
    Member of the German Bundestag, SPD parliamentary group
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Spanner-Ulmer
    Deputy chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,
    Director of Production and Technology, Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Treffenfeldt
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Vaeßen 
    Managing director, Zweckverband Region Aachen
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Waltl
    Deputy chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Oliver Zipse
    Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG

Members representing government institutions

  • MinDirig Dr. Ole Janssen
    German Federal Ministry for 
    Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Parliamentary secretary Thomas Rachel
    German Federal Ministry of 
    Education and Research (BMBF)
  • MinDirig Ralf Schnurr
    German Federal Ministry 
    of Defence (BMVg)
  • State secretary Uwe Gaul
    Saxon State Ministry of 
    Science and the Arts
  • State secretary Dr. Ulrike Gutheil
    Brandenburg State Ministry 
    of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs
  • State secretary Susanne Bowen
    Ministry of Education, Science 
    and Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania


Members delegated by the Scientific and Technical Council (STC)

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch
    Director of the Fraunhofer 
    Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
  • Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Schmidt
    Deputy chair of the Scientific 
    and Technical Council,
    Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann
    Chair of the Scientific and Technical Council, 
    Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Honorary senator

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Ekkehard D. Schulz

Permanent guests

  • Prof. Dr. Martina Brockmeier
    Chair, German Council of Science and Humanities
  • Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund
    Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center e. V. (DLR)
  • State secretary Dr. Oliver Grundei
    Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein
  • Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Lux
    Deputy chair of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft general works council,
    Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
  • State secretary Annette Storsberg
    Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann
    President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e. V.
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dominik Toussaint
    Chair of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft general works council,
    Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
  • Minister of State Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf
    Ministry of Science, Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate