The Council has nine members, appointed for a term of four years by the federal cabinet (Bundeskabinett), having first been nominated by the Ministries of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). These two ministries provide the funding for the Council. The current term runs to October 2016. The Council is monitored and supported by an interministerial committee of the federal government comprising representatives of all ministries and of the federal chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt). The Council holds eleven regular two-day meetings each year.