The structure of the alliance is based on a Board of Directors, a Strategy group, several Working groups & Task forces and an EU-LIFE Office.
Board of Directors
Each member is represented in EU-LIFE by its Director or Scientific Director. The Board of Directors (BoD) is the highest decision-making body of the alliance. The BoD elects two of its members to serve as a Chair and a Co-chair for a period of two years. Currently, Rene Medema from The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) is acting as Chair and Mónica Bettencourt Dias from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) as Co-Chair.
The Main Representatives are appointed by the directors and they are the main contact point for EU-LIFE at the institutes. They are coordinating all EU-LIFE tasks and activities within the institute. The Main Representatives are also part of the Strategy group.
The EU-LIFE Office is located in Barcelona, Spain. The EU-LIFE Coordinator, Marta Agostinho, is the head of the Office and is responsible for strategy development with the BoD, and the implementation and centralisation of all activities. She is supported by a Project & Policy Officer, Sofie Christensen, a Communication Officer, Esther Dorado, and an Executive Assistant, Isabel Jurado.
The Strategy group gathers the BoD, the EU-LIFE Coordinator, the main representatives and the Working groups chairs (see below). This group focuses on general questions concerning EU-LIFE organisation and strategic actions, such as strategic and action plan, policy development, consideration of new partners, staffing and internal meetings.
Working groups & Task forces
The different activities of the alliance are carried out by dedicated Working groups, formed by experts from the member institutions. Each Working group elects a Chair, who sits together with the Strategy group twice a year to review all activities. There are currently seven active Working groups: Science Communication, Technology Transfer, Core Facilities, Gender Equality, Grants & Funding strategies, Recruitment & Training, IT.
The Task forces are smaller groups bringing together a specific set of EU-LIFE experts to accomplish a short-term assignment. There are four Task forces currently running by now: Indicators & publications, PI Recruitment & Career Development, Research Infrastructures and Research Data Management.