The ELIXIR Board is the highest decision-making body in ELIXIR. The Board consist of scientific and administrative representatives from each ELIXIR Member State and EMBL. Members of the Board are authorised to deliberate, negotiate and decide on behalf of the respective Members.

What the Board does

The Board's powers are defined in the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement. Among other responsibilities, the Board:

  • Approves the ELIXIR budget and ELIXIR’s Scientific Programme
  • Appoints the ELIXIR Director, who is responsible for executing Board decisions
  • Appoints members of the ELIXIR Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which advises the ELIXIR Board and the ELIXIR Director on scientific matters
  • Establishes and oversees ELIXIR rules and procedures, including the technical rules for the selection of ELIXIR Nodes, drawing on advice from the SAB
  • Oversees the management of risks and liabilities of ELIXIR

Members of the Board

  • Chair: Prof. Ferran Sanz (ES)
  • Vice Chair: Dr Ruben Kok (NL)
  • Vice Chair: Prof. Rita Casadio (IT)
Member Scientific delegate Administrative delegate
Belgium Dr Laurence Lenoir Dr Michele Oleo and Mr Didier Flagothier
Czech Republic Prof. Jaroslav Koča Mr Jan Burianek
Denmark Prof. Anders Krogh TBC
Estonia Prof. Lili Milani Mr Toivo Räim and Mr Priit Tamm
Finland Dr Per Öster Ms Riina Vuorento and Dr Sirpa Nuotio
France Dr Frédéric Boccard Dr Eric Guittet

Prof. Dr. Rolf Backofen and   Prof. Alexander Goesmann

Dr Johannes Mohr
Greece Prof. Christos Ouzounis and Prof. Artemis Hatzigeorgiou Dr Maria Gkizeli
Hungary Dr László Patthy Mr Gábor Tóth
Ireland Dr Maria Nash Dr Garry Purcell
Israel Dr Iris Eisenberg Ms Ilana Lowi
Italy Prof. Rita Casadio Dr Salvatore La Rosa
Luxembourg Prof. Dr Rudi Balling and
Dr Regina Becker (Deputy)
Dr Lynn Wenandy and Mr Jean-Claude Milmeister
Netherlands Dr Ruben Kok Dr Bea Pauw
Norway Prof. Rein Aasland and
Prof. Stig Omholt
Portugal Prof. Isabel Rocha Dr Tiago Saborida
Slovenia Prof. Damjana Rozman Dr Albin Kralj
Spain Prof. Ferran Sanz Dr Cristina Bauluz
Sweden Prof. Björn Andersson TBA
Switzerland Prof. Christian von Mering Dr Doris Wohlfender-Bühler
UK Dr Chris Rawlings Dr Mark Palmer and Dr Amanda Collis
EMBL Prof. Edith Heard and Dr Alvis Brazma

Dr Silke Schumacher


In addition, countries working towards signing the ECA have appointed representatives to the ELIXIR Board as Observers.

Member Scientific delegate Administrative delegate
Cyprus Dr Dionysia Fasoula Dr Michalis Omirou

ELIXIR Board, Tel Aviv, April 2018