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Board of Trustees

The common Board of Trustees of our institute and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Selforganization supports the exchange between the institutes and the public and advises the institutes on social and scientific policy. Members are elected to the board for a six-year term and offer the institutes perspectives from 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
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisiegel, 
    President of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Dr. Uwe Graells,
    Managing Director of Göttinger Tageblatt
  • 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)
  • Rolf-Georg Köhler,
    Mayor of the City of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Koller,
    formerly Aventis Pharma − Funtional Genomics
  • Thomas Kopietz
    Head of the editorial office Göttingen, Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine
  • Dr. Wilhelm Krull, 
    Secretary General of the VolkswagenStiftung
  • Karola Margraf,
    Mayor of Nikolausberg
  • Hans-Georg Näder, 
    Executive Partner of Ottobock
  • Thomas Oppermann, 
    Vice President of the German Bundestag
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pöllath, 
    Chairman of the Board of Max-Planck-Förderstiftung
  • Björn Thümler
    Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony
  • Walter Willems,
    Editor of Science, Deutsche Presseagentur 
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