The Council is the institutional centre of the Academy and is led by the President. Its tasks are centered on the scientific work of the Academy. It consists of: the members of the Board, up to fifteen scientific members, the spokespersons of the interdisciplinary research groups and initiatives, and three chairs of the commissions responsible for the long-term projects, as well as the Rapporteurs on Academy Policy and the spokespersons of the research staff, each with advisory status.
The Council decides on the Academy’s programme of scientific work and on matters of scholarly principle. This includes:
Mitchell Ash, Michael Borgolte, Horst Bredekamp, Harald Budelmann, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, Olaf Dössel, Philip van der Eijk, Thomas Elsässer, Hans-Joachim Freund, Peter Gaehtgens, Deltev Ganten, Martin Grötschel (Chairman), Peter Hegemann, Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Bernd Hillemeier, Tatjana Hörnle, Reinhard F. Hüttl, Bernhard Jussen, Wolfgang Klein, Reinhold Kliegl, Wolfgang Knöbl, Martin Korte, Gudrun Krämer, Ulrike Kuhlmann, Carola Lentz, Reinhard Lipowsky, Max Löhning, Christoph Markschies, Axel Meyer, Herfried Münkler, Wolfgang Neugebauer, Julian Nida-Rümelin, Klaus Petermann, Andreas Radbruch, Tonio Sebastian Richter, Joachim Sauer, Constance Scharff, Uwe Schimank, Dörte Schmidt, Peter Seeberger, Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, Thomas Sikora, Peter Weingart, Christine Windbichler, Michael Zürn