The Supervisory Board advises the Directorate and Board of Scientific Directors on the scientific programme and its consequences for the proposed budget, and accordingly settles the budget. Besides the Presidents of the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres, the Supervisory Board comprises four representatives from politics and four others appointed by the Max Planck Society.
- Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann
President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
- Dr. Volkmar Dietz
Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Dr. Uwe Franke
President of the World Energy Council Germany e.V.
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
President emeritus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
- Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Vice President of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft e.V.
- Dr. Sabine Jarothe
Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, as representative of the Free State of Bavaria
- Woldemar Venohr
Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Prof. Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler
President of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wild
Minister of State (retd.), Director-General (retd.) of the German Space Agency (DARA) as Honorary Trustee