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
    Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG
    Chief Executive Officer of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
  • Dr. Roland Busch
    Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board, Siemens AG
  • 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
  • Sabine Herold
    Managing Partner, DELO Industrie Klebstoffe GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • 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
    Chief Operating Officer of ABC Technologies
  • Natalie Mekelburger
    Chairwoman of the Management, Coroplast Fritz Müller GmbH & Co. KG
  • Hildegard Müller
    President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)
  • Tankred Schipanski
    Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU parliamentary group
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Spanner-Ulmer
    Director of Production and Technology, Bayerischer Rundfunk
    Deputy chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Treffenfeldt
  • Oliver Zipse
    Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG
    Deputy chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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 Andrea Franke
    Saxony State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism
  • State secretary Tobias Dünow
    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
    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

  • State secretary Dr. Oliver Grundei
    Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein State secretary, Science and Cultural Affairs
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla
    Chairwoman of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center e. V. (DLR)
  • Stefan Rughöft
    Deputy chair of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft general works council, 
    Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS
  • 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
  • Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner
    Chairwoman, German Council of Science
  • Minister of State Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf
    Ministry of Science, Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate