The Senate serves to link the Academy to society. It is an advisory organ. The members of the Senate may be persons from academia, civil society, business or politics. The Senate observes the Academy’s effect in society and advises it in identifying at an early stage themes that will be important to society. It also engages society on behalf of the Academy and its concerns. Prior to the election of the President, the Senate is entitled to a hearing.
Andreas Barner, Heidi Blattmann, Klaus von Dohnanyi (Chairman), Manfred Erhardt, Bundespräsident a. D. Joachim Gauck, Johann Christian Jacobs, Wilhelm Krull, Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Renate Köcher, Jürgen Zöllner