General Meeting: The General Meeting comprises the members of the IFW Dresden e.V. and tpromoting Members. It sends delegates to the board of trustees and decides on the statute of the association.
Board of trustees: The board of trustees decides on all fundamental issues of the institute. It is composed of representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany, representatives of the Free State of Saxony, a member of the association elected by the General Meeting and an expert elected by the General Meeting. The head is Dr. Babett Gläser, Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Fine Arts.
Scientific Advisory Board: The scientific advisory board advises the board of trustees and the board of directors on important scientific, technical and organizational questions. It evaluates the research program and achievements and work schedules of the association periodically - usually within three years. The head is Prof. Dr. Roser Valenti, University Frankfurt/Main.
Executive Board: The Executive Board is charged with the conduct and management of the affairs of the Institute. It consists of the Scientific Director and spokesman, Prof. Dr. Bernd Büchner (from April 1, 2018) and the Administrative Director, Dr. Doreen Kirmse.
Board of Directors: The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Board and of the directors of the IFW's Institutes. The Board of Directors is headed by the Scientific Director.
Scientific-Technical Council: The Scientific-Technical Council (WTR) advises the Board of Directors in scientific and scientific-technical matters. The WTR consists of elected representatives of the scientific-technical staff, up to two members of each of the five IFW-Institutes and one member of the Research-Technology Division. The head of the WTR is Dr. Ulrich Rößler.
Labour Council: The Labour Council acts as a representative of the people employed within the institute. The head is Mario Bloeck.