Board of Trustees

A competent board of trustees advises the Fraunhofer Institute on questions of the professional orientation and structural change of the institute. It also fosters contacts with organizations and industry.


Members are appointed by the Executive Board in agreement with the management of the institute. The annual meetings are attended by at least one member of the Management Board. In order to have as many perspectives as possible, the Board of Trustees comprises representatives from science, industry and public life.

Current Chair: Prof. Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter, TU Kaiserslautern

Current Members of the Board of Trustees

(alphabetically listed)

Members from Science

  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Bäuerle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Benner, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems Magdeburg
  • Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS)
  • Prof. Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter, President of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Current Chair)

Members from Industry

  • Dr. Christoph Großmann, BASF SE
  • Barbara Ofstad, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Udo Scheff, John Deere GmbH
  • Dr. Christof M. Weber, Daimler AG

Members of the Public Life / Politics

  • Dr. Christoph March, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Stefanie Nauel, Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Dr. Carola Zimmermann, Ministry of Science and Health of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate
Board of Trustees
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Board of Trustees 2021 (each from left): First row: Anita Schöbel, Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter, Barbara Ofstad. Second row: Judith Ngoumou (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Carola Zimmermann, Elisabeth Ewen (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft). Third row: Nicole Bäuerle, Peter Benner, Christof Weber. Fourth row: Stefanie Nauel, Christoph Großmann.