§ 6 Composition of the Foundation Council
6.1 The Foundation Council shall consist of persons of prominence from the fields of science, science management, law and economics. It consists of at least four, maximum nine individuals who must not simultaneously be members of the Board of Directors
6.2 One member of the Foundation Council is nominated by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science), from an area of research in natural sciences. The member of the Federation Council is not permitted to be a member of the executive body of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science), with the exception of the executive bodies General Meeting and Research Council.
6.3 One member of the Foundation Council is nominated by each of
- the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, from an area of research in natural sciences,
- the ministry of the state of Hessen, responsible for the advancement of science and
- the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V. (The German Chemical Society)
Members of the Foundation Council are not permitted to be members of the executive board of the nominating bodies in §6.3.
6.4 After having received notification from the Board of Directors, the nominating institutions under §6.2 and §6.3 must nominate a suitable candidate within a 6 weeks deadline.
6.5 In addition, the Board of Directors, with the approval of the Supervisory Authority, may nominate and appoint further members of the Foundation Council. Appointment of the members is effective if not opposed within three weeks.
6.6 The formal appointment of a member of the Foundation Council is carried out by the Board of Directors. It is effective when the declaration of acceptance of the appointee is received by the Board of Directors.
6.7 The Board of Directors can set a deadline for the acceptance of a nomination. Should the declaration of acceptance not be received by the Board of Directors within this deadline, which must be at least two weeks from receipt of the letter of appointment, the Board of Directors can nominate another member of the Foundation Council.
6.8 The Supervisory Authority may oppose a nomination according to §6.2 and §6.3 on justified grounds.
6.9 The period of office of the Foundation Council members is four years commencing from the constitutional meeting. Re-appointment of Council members is possible.
6.10 Members of the Foundation Council, whose period of office has ended, remain in office until a successor has been nominated and/or the Foundation Council has been constituted with at least three new members.
6.11 If a member resigns prematurely, a new appointment for the remainder of the current period of office may be made by the Board of Directors; the rights of nomination in §6.2 and §6.3 are to be taken into account.
6.12 The Foundation Council may dismiss one of its members on important grounds by a unanimous decision. The member in question may not participate in this vote, but must be heard beforehand.