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. Oliver Blume
    Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG
    and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
  • Dr. Roland Busch
    President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
  • Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath
    Executive Vice President Gas and Low Carbon Energy und Mitglied des Vorstands der BP p.l.c.
  • Otto Fricke, MP
    Member of the German Bundestag and the FDP federal executive board, budget spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group
  • Kerstin Grosse
    Managing Director of DEROSSI invest GmbH
    Deputy Chairwoman of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Sabine Herold
    Managing Partner, DELO Industrie Klebstoffe GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Pär Malmhagen
    Senior Advisor
  • Bernard Meyer
    Chief Executive Officer, MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG
  • Hildegard Müller
    President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry
    Chairwoman of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Anja Reinalter, MP
    Member of the German Bundestag and parliamentary director of the Alliance 90/The Greens faction, professor of social work at Kempten University
  • Sönke Rix, MP
    Member of the German Bundestag and deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger
    Rector of the RWTH Aachen
  • Dr.-Ing. Katrin Sternberg
    President Medical and member of the management of CeramTec GmbH
  • Dr. Karl Tragl
    Chairman and CEO of Wacker Neuson SE
  • Grazia Vittadini
    Rolls-Royce Chief Technology and Strategy Officer
  • Dr.-Ing. Anna-Katharina Wittenstein
    Member of the Supervisory Board of WITTENSTEIN SE
  • Prof. Dr. Vanessa Wood
    Vice President for Knowledge Transfer and Corporate Relations at the ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Zipse
    Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG
    Deputy chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Members representing government institutions

  • Parliamentary Secretary of State Mario Brandenburg
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF
  • State Secretary Christoph Degen
    Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the ArtsHessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Kunst und Kultur
  • MinDirig Dr. Ole Janssen
    German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, BMWK
  • State Secretary Dr. Henry Marx
    Berlin Senate Department for Science, Health and Care
  • MinDirig Alexander Schott
    German Federal Ministry of Defence, BMVg
  • MDgin Rita Schutt
    Federal Ministry of Finance, BMF
  • State Secretary Gonca Türkeli-Dehnert
    Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


Members delegated by the Scientific and Technical Council (STC)

  • Prof. Dr. Albert Heuberger
    Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
  • Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Schmidt
    Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
    Deputy chair, Scientific and Technical Council
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann
    Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
    Chairman, Scientific and Technical Council

Honorary senator

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

Permanent guests

  • Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer
    President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e. V.
  • State Councilor Dr. Eva Gümbel
    Authority for Science, Research, Gender Equality and Districts of Hamburg
  • State Secretary Dr. Andreas Handschuh
    Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla
    Chairwoman of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center e. V. (DLR)
  • Dipl.-Phys. Doris Rösler
    Chair of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft general works council
    Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
  • Dipl.-Inform. Stefan Rughöft
    Deputy chair of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft general works council, 
    Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wick
    Chairman, German Council of Science
  • State Secretary Thomas Wünsch
    Ministry of Science, Energy, Climate Protection and Environment Saxony-Anhalt