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

  • Bärbel Bas
    Member of the German Bundestag, deputy chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group for the areas of health, education and research, petitions
  • 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
    President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
  • 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
  • Pär Malmhagen
    Chief Operating Officer, ABC Technologies
  • Natalie Mekelburger
    Chairwoman of the Management, Coroplast Fritz Müller GmbH & Co. KG
  • Bernard Meyer
    Chief Executive Officer, MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG
  • 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
  • Dr.-Ing. Karl Tragl
    Former spokesman for the board of the Diehl Group
  • Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Treffenfeldt
    Former CTO Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa & India
  • Grazia Vittadini
    Airbus Chief Technology Officer & Member of the Airbus Executive Committee
  • Dr.-Ing. Anna-Katharina Wittenstein
    Member of the Management Board of WITTENSTEIN SE
  • 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)
  • Staatssekretärin Dr. Sabine Johannsen
    Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture
  • MinDirig Günther Leßnerkraus
    Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing
  • Dr. Volker Saß
    Head of "Science Planning and Research Funding" at the Bremen Senator for Science and Ports


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

  • Staatssekretär Carsten Feller
    Thuringian Ministry for Economy, Science and Digital Society
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla
    Chairwoman of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center e. V. (DLR)
  • Dr. Susanne Reichrath
    Commissioner of the Prime Minister for Universities, Science and Technology State Chancellery of Saarland
  • Stefan Rughöft
    Deputy chair of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft general works council, 
    Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS
  • 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
  • MinDirig Dr. Manfred Wolter
    Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy