The ELIXIR Board is the 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, approves and monitors the ELIXIR Nodes, drawing on advice from the SAB
  • Oversees the management of risks and liabilities of ELIXIR

Members of the Board

  • Chair: Prof. Alexander Goesmann (DE)
  • Vice-Chair: Dr Zsuzsanna Dosztányi (HU)
  • Vice-Chair: Prof. Christine Orengo (UK)
Member Scientific delegate Administrative delegate
Belgium Ms Virginie Storms Dr Michele Oleo and Mr Didier Flagothier
Czech Republic Prof. Luděk Matyska Mr Jan Burianek
Denmark Prof. Veit Schwämmle Dr Mads Rugaard Christensen
EMBL Prof. Edith Heard and
Dr Alvis Brazma
Mrs Plamena Markova
Estonia Prof. Jaak Vilo Mr Toivo Räim and Mr Priit Tamm
Finland Dr Per Öster Dr Sirpa Nuotio and Dr Laura Taajamaa
France Dr Hugues Roest Crollius Ms Catherine Le Chalony
Germany Prof. Alexander Goesmann and Prof. Rolf Backofen Dr Annette Kremser
Greece Prof. Christos Ouzounis and
Prof. Babis Savakis
Ms Argyro Karachaliou
Hungary Dr Zsuzsanna Dosztányi Dr Klára Horváth
Ireland Dr Maria Nash Mr Brendan O'Reilly
Israel Dr Iris Eisenberg Mr Barak Gatenyo
Italy Prof. Rita Casadio Dr Mauro Bertelletti
Luxembourg Dr Bert Verdonck Dr Romain Martin and Dr Bruno Rodrigues
Netherlands Dr Ruben Kok Dr Ana de Castro
Norway Prof. Inge Jonassen n/a
Portugal Prof. Miguel Rocha Dr Marta Abrantes and Dr Tiago Saborida
Slovenia Prof. Damjana Rozman Dr Albin Kralj
Spain Dr Fátima Sánchez Mr Ignacio Baanante
Sweden Prof. Björn Andersson Dr Malin Sandström
Switzerland Prof. Christian von Mering Dr Doris Wohlfender-Bühler
UK Dr Christine Orengo Dr Mark Palmer and Dr Amanda Collis


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

Member Scientific delegate Administrative delegate
Austria Dr Hemma Bauer TBC
Cyprus Dr Dionysia Fasoula Dr Michalis Omirou
Romania Mr Adrian-Nicolae Buzatu Mr Viorel Vulturescu

ELIXIR Board, Barcelona, October 2023