The Board of Trustees oversees the development of the Institute, while acting as its highest authority and ensuring that the Institute adheres to its founding principles and vision. It provides guidance to the management and—among other tasks—is responsible for approving:

    • the statutes of the organization and its strategic direction, 
    • the budget and annual financial statements,
    • the appointment of the President, the Scientific Board, and the Managing Director, and 
    • the procedures for academic appointments and the promotion of scientists.

    The Board of Trustees consists of 15 members. Eight of them are internationally well-known scientists, four are appointed by the Federal Government, and three are appointed by the Government of Lower Austria.

    Claus Raidl

    Claus J. Raidl
    Chair
    President, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna

    Olaf Kübler

    Olaf Kübler
    Vice-Chair
    Former President of ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    Catherine Cesarsky

    Catherine Cesarsky
    Chief Scientific Advisor, High Commissioner for Atomic Energy, CEA-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

    Alice Dautry

    Alice Dautry
    Former Managing Director of Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

    Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß
    CEO/CFO, Fronius International GmbH, Pettenbach

    Peter Fratzl
    Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

    Haim Harari

    Haim Harari
    Former President of Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

    Alexander Hartig

    Alexander Hartig
    Member of the Management Board, Industrieliegenschaftenverwaltungs AG, Vienna

    Reinhard Jahn
    Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

    Monika Kircher
    Senior Director Industrial Affairs, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach

    Iain Mattaj
    Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany

    Pietro Perona
    Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

    Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer

    Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer
    Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Telekom Austria AG, Vienna

    Elisabeth Stadler

    Elisabeth Stadler
    CEO of the Vienna Insurance Group, Vienna

    Stefan Szyszkowitz
    Spokesman of the Executive Board EVN, Maria Enzersdorf