Foundation Board

Most important Responsibilities

  • it defines general guidelines for the work of the foundation;
  • it appoints the chairman of the Foundation Board (who is also Rector);
  • it decides on the budget.

Current Members


  • Björn Thümler, Minister for Science and Culture, Lower Saxony

Vice  Chairperson

  • Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt, Senator for Science, Health and Consumer Protection of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen 


  • Axel Jahnz, Mayor of the City of Delmenhorst
  • Dr. Joachim Lohse, Senator for Enviroment, Civil Engineering, and Transport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Michael Piper, President of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • Dr. h.c. Thomas Reiter, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholz-Reiter, Rector of the University of Bremen
  • Max Schön, Family Entrepeneur and member of the Board of the German National Association Club of Rome
  • Grant Hendrik Tonne, Minister for Education, Lower Saxony
  • Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, Director of the Research Unit Global Governance at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center

In Advisory Capacity

  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, University of Bremen, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board
  • Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schill, Rector of the HWK, Delmenhorst