New statutes have been proposed by the Governing Council, and have been approved by the Assembly of Member Organisations. ESF now operates under the following  structure:

The Assembly

It is the main decision-making body of the ESF and is chaired by the President. It meets once a year and all Member Organisations are represented. The Assembly elects the Executive Board and approves its reports. It approves the financial statements, and approves and amends the Statutes. The Assembly provides a venue for debate and interaction between the ESF Member Organisations.

The Executive Board

It is responsible for setting, approving, directing and monitoring the overall strategy direction of the Foundation. It admits new members. It is chaired by the President and is composed of Member Organisation representatives. The Executive Board normally meets twice a year. It appoints the President and approves the hiring of the ESF Chief Executive.

Expert Boards and Committees

Expert Boards and Committees are independent scientific entities hosted by the ESF or established as the need arises and through recommendations of various scientific stakeholders or community representatives, giving ESF the flexibility to adapt to the changing scientific landscape. They provide independent advice and initiate strategic developments. Currently the five Expert Boards and Committees are as follows:

  • Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies (CRAF)
  • European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC)
  • Marine Board – ESF (MB-ESF)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MatSEEC)
  • Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC)

ESF Office

The ESF headquarters are in Strasbourg, France with the Marine Board Office in Ostend. The ESF Office is directed by the Chief Executive, who is assisted by a team of international staff.