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 2016-2020:.
UNU-EHS, Bonn, and Center for Advanced Studies on Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen
RWTH Aachen University
University of Hanover
University of Magdeburg
ifo Institute, IWH Halle Institute for Economic Research, University of Munich
Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Berlin
Wuppertal Institute and University of Wuppertal