Statutory Bodies

Executive Board of the Institute

The Executive Board conducts the business of the foundation. It settles all matters that the foundation’s charter does not assign to another governing body of the foundation.

The scientific member of the board is the speaker of the board. He represents the institute externally. In accordance with the provisions of regional budgetary regulations (§ 9 Landeshaushaltsordnung), the administrative member of the Executive Board is solely responsible for the budget and the business transactions of the current administration. The members of the Board work closely and on a basis of mutual trust to achieve the goals of the institute.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz

Chairman of the Board, 
Director Research Branch: Extragalactic Astrophysics

Wolfram Rosenbach

Administrative Chairman, Head of Administration

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees decides on the general research objectives and the important political and financial affairs of the foundation. It directs the Executive Board in its important political and financial affairs. The Board of Trustees also reviews the legality, appropriateness and efficiency of the management of the Executive Board.


Dr. Inge Schlotzhauer (Chair)

Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture



Timo Lebe (Vice Chair)

Federal Ministry of Education and Research



Prof. Oliver Günther, PhD

President of Potsdam University



Prof. Dr. Ralf Bender

Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching; University-Observatory, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich


Science Advisory Board

Comprised of external members, the Scientific Advisory Board supports the collaboration of the foundation with universities and other research institutes and cooperates with the Executive Board for the optimal use of research facilities. In addition to that the Scientific Advisory Board states its opinions on drafts of research and development programs as well as drafts of  business plans and evaluates the scientific findings of the foundation.


Prof. Dr. Ralf Bender (Chair)

Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching; University-Observatory, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich



Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki (Deputy)

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Göttingen



Prof. Dr. Natalie Batalha

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz, USA



Prof. Dr. Eva K. Grebel

Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University, Heidelberg



Prof. Dr. Moira Jardine

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK



Prof. Dr. Andrey Kravtsov

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, USA



Dr. Juna A. Kollmeier

The Observatories, Carnegie Institution for Science, Pasadena, USA


Prof. Dr. Astrid Veronig

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austr

Last update: 27. April 2021