Board of Trustees

The common Board of Trustees of our institute and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Selforganization supports the exchange between both institutions and the public and provides advise on social and scientific policy. Members are elected to the board for a six-year term and represent important areas of politics, economics, science, and the media:

The Board of Trustees convenes once per year. It is currently composed of the following members:


  • Dr. Alison Abbott, Writer and Consultant, Nature
  • Dr. Gabriela Andretta, President of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony
  • Petra Broistedt, Mayor of the City of Göttingen
  • Fritz Güntzler, Member of the German Bundestag
  • Rainer Hald, Managing Director of Sparkasse Göttingen
  • Ursula Haufe, Managing Director of Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung und Stadtentwicklung (GWG)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Koller, formerly Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH − preclinical pharma R&D
  • Thomas Kopietz, Head of the editorial office Göttingen, Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine
  • Dr. Wilhelm Krull, former Secretary General of the VolkswagenStiftung, Founding Director of The New Institute Hamburg
  • Karola Margraf, Mayor of Nikolausberg
  • Prof. Hans Georg Näder, Executive Partner of Ottobock
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pöllath, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Max-Planck-Förderstiftung
  • Frerk Schenker, Editor in Chief, Göttinger Tageblatt
  • Björn Thümler, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony
  • Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan, President of the University of Göttingen
  • Walter Willems, Editor of Science, Deutsche Presseagentur 
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