The Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is made up of eminent figures from the world of science, business, industry, and public life, plus representatives of national and regional government, and members of the Scientific and Technical Council. The Senate has a total membership of approximately 30 persons. It meets twice a year.
The Senate is responsible for decisions concerning basic science and research policy. It also formulates decisions concerning the establishment, the incorporation or devolution, the merger and dissolution of research entities belonging to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The Senate is also responsible for appointing members of the Executive Board.