The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is a corporation under public law (see here for the Statute) with the aim of pursuing medical research on both a molecular and cellular level as well as applying the results of such research to clinical and other practical situations.
The Supervisory Board is the supervisory committee of the MDC and is responsible for monitoring the legality, effectiveness, and economic efficiency of the management of all the activities of the corporation. It determines which decisions of the Board of Directors require the prior approval of the Supervisory Board and may issue instructions about important matters involving political aspects of the research and financial affairs of the corporation. The Supervisory Board consists of no more than twelve members. Its members include, among others: two representatives from the federal government, a representative of the State of Berlin, the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Presidents of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin, and two MDC representatives.
The Scientific Advisory Board advises the Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors in scientific and programmatic, as well as significant structural matters. The Scientific Advisory Board is responsible for the ongoing evaluation of the results of the research work of the MDC through scientific assessment and is independent in its advisory activity. The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are up to twelve recognized scientists from Germany or abroad who are close to the main research areas of the MDC.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the leadership of the institute and it is composed of the Scientific Director (Chairman of the Board of Directors), his deputy and the Administrative Director. Each holds office for a period of 5 years.
The Scientific Council advises the Board of Directors on matters of fundamental scientific importance. In addition to the coordinators of the main research areas, the Scientific Council includes other scientific staff from the Max Delbrück Center.
The Staff Council is especially closely involved in the decisions of the Max Delbrück Center that affect the personal and social interests of the staff.