The Board of Trustees ensures that the aims and statutes of the foundation are observed and supervises the museum's director. The Board of Trustees comprises at least one of the representatives of the five initiators:
... is a foundation named after the German scientist Ernst Abbe and was established in 1992 from parts of the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation. It is committed to the promotion of science, particularly in Abbe’s home of Thuringia in eastern Germany. The foundation runs different establishments, including the Zeiss Planetarium in Jena. Moreover, the foundation owns building societies and manages buildings used for biotechnical reasons on Jena’s Beutenberg campus, where the Ernst Abbe Center opened on 23 January 2006.
... is a German university city and an administrative district in Thuringia in the Central Germany metropolitan region. One of three regional centers, it is located on the Saale river and is the second-largest city in the state after the capital Erfurt. In 2008, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (a joint initiative of German industries to promote science and higher education) bestowed the title of "City of Science" on Jena. The city of Jena is also known as “Jena. City of Light.” In 2016, Jena was given the honorary title of “European City of the Reformation” by the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe.
...(Latin: Alma Mater Jenensis, also known as Salana, Salina) is the largest and only comprehensive university in the German state of Thuringia with 18,219 students, 360 professorships, 7,032 employees and over 200 courses of study, including the so-called “small subjects” like Caucasian Studies, Romanian Studies and Indo-European Studies. One of the oldest universities in Germany with a rich tradition, it is a member of the Coimbra Group. As part of the Excellence Initiative, the university became a recipient of the Graduate School promotional initiative in 2007. In honor of the university’s 450th anniversary, Jena was named the "City of Science 2008."
… is headquartered in Heidenheim an der Brenz and Jena and is the sole owner of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG. It was established in 1889 by physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe. It promotes science and research in the natural and engineering sciences at universities in the German federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Pfalz and Thuringia. In 2015 the foundation was named Germany’s Scientific Foundation of the Year.