Ordinary members

Our ordinary members are elected for their outstanding achievements in science, arts, and governance. Ordinary members are natural persons who have successfully completed an academic education and who enjoy exceptional standing in society as a result of work performed, publications or for comparable reasons.
Database of members


Honorary members

Every natural person can be elected as honorary member on grounds of outstanding scientific work. We currently count 32 Nobel Prize Laureates among our honorary members.
Nobel prize laureates



The following honours can be awarded to persons
for special services:
Protector, Honorary Senator, and Honorary President.
Protectors and honorary senators



Our Delegates are the national representatives of the Academy. They promote the Academy and its activities nationally and review nominations of candidates from their country.


Election of members

A proposal for a new member can only be submitted by an existing member of the Academy in written form. It is usually not possible for individuals to apply directly for membership, i.e. you cannot nominate yourself.

If you would like to propose a new member, please complete our official nomination form with the personal data of your candidate and sign it as nominator. Together with a CV, a list of publications and a photo of the candidate, this form should be sent to the Academy (preferably via electronic mail to The documents will be reviewed by the delegate of the respective country and the dean of the respective class, who will decide on approval or disapproval. In the senate’s meeting, which takes place at least once a year, the senate takes the final decision whether the nominee is approved of or disapproved. If the nominee is elected as new member, he/she will be officially informed by the Academy. The inauguration ceremony always takes place on the first weekend in March.

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