Bodies and Committees

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board elects the full-time members of the Presidential Committee and adopts the structure and development plan as well as the construction plan. According to legislation, the term of office of the Founding Supervisory Board expired on September 30, 2011. Since October 01, 2011, the members of the Supervisory Board have been in office.

Executive Board

KIT is managed by the Executive Board. President Professor Holger Hanselka took office on October 01, 2013. Further members of the Presidential Committee are Michael Ganß as Vice-President for Business Affairs and Finance since August 01, 2018, Christine von Vangerow as Vice-President for Human Resources and Law since January 01, 2017, Professor Oliver Kraft as Vice-President for Research and Professor Thomas Hirth as Vice-President for Innovation and International Affairs since January 01, 2016, Professor Alexander Wanner as Vice-President for Higher Education and Academic Affairs since June 01, 2013.

Heads of Divisions

KIT's scientific disciplines are organized in five divisions. They combine research, teaching, and innovation of the institutes, KIT departments, and Helmholtz programs assigned to them. Each division is under the direction of a head, which is supported by a council.

KIT Senate

The KIT Senate confirms the election of full-time board members and issues an opinion on the structural and development plan as well as on the draft economic plan and the finance plan. It is composed of the board members, a representative of the equal opportunities team, a representative of the staff council and 25 elected representatives from the university sector and 25 elected representatives from the large-scale research sector.


The convention represents the interests of the scientific and technical as well as academic staff of the KIT.

Representatives / Commissioners

The topic of compliance with legal requirements and internal regulations has become more and more important in recent years.  At KIT, a large number of commissioners make sure that rules in diverse areas are consequently observed.

Staff Representation

The interests of the KIT staff are represented by the staff council, the youth and trainee representatives and the representatives for disabled employees.