The tasks of the Scientific Council are described in the Rules of Association of DESY. Among other tasks the Scientific Council
- promotes the cooperation with universities and other research institutes,
- ensures an optimal use of DESY, together with the directorate and the Scientific Committee,
- cooperates in appointments for the directorate and of leading scientists and
- advises DESY on important scientific matters.
Usually the Scientific Council meets twice a year. It consists of 12 to 15 members, each member is elected for 3 years.
In earlier years members of the Scientific Council mainly came from German research institutes. It was therefore complemented by foreign members to the Extended Scientific Council taking into account DESY's international involvements. Because of uniting the foreign and German members in the Scientific Council the Extended Scientific Council was terminated in 2009.
Members of the SC and guests at their meeting in May 2016
Members and guests from downstairs to upstairs and from left to right:
Andreas Jankowiak, Young-Kee Kim, Rafael Abela, Persis Drell, Olga Botner, Helmut Dosch, Reinhard Brinkmann, Sine Larsen, Leonid Rivkin, Massimo Altarelli, John Womersley, Elena Shaposhnikova, Lia Merminga, Keijo Hämäläinen, Norbert Wermes, Rik Yoshida, Michael Budke, Karl Jakobs, Jean Daillant, Edgar Weckert, Steven Ritz, Christian Stegmann, Axel Lindner, Christian David, Joachim Mnich