The DZD is organized as an association. The members are the five partners of the DZD and the Leibniz Association and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.
The General Assembly meets twice a year. As central decision-making body of the DZD, it elects the Executive Board, decides on the admittance of new members, is responsible for the scientific strategy in the DZD and decides on the orientation of the association.
The tasks of the General Assembly are described in the DZD Articles of Association.