The nine members of the WBGU are appointed by the German government's Federal Cabinet for a term of four years. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) finance the Council and share the lead management.
The WBGU is fully independent in its work and choice of topics. It is monitored and supported by an interministerial committee of the federal government in which the Federal Chancellery and all the ministries are represented.
The following professors are members of the Advisory Council for the current term, which runs from 2020-2024: