New statutes have been proposed by the Governing Council, and are currently under consideration by Member Organisations. Until the adoption of new statutes, ESF will operate under the following structure:
It is the main decision-making body of the ESF. It meets once a year and all Member Organisations are represented. The Assembly elects the President and Vice-Presidents and appoints the Chief Executive of ESF. It also approves the reports of the Governing Council and the Expert Boards and Committees. It ratifies the budget and accounts of ESF, and approves and amends the Statutes. The Assembly also provides a venue for debate and interaction between the Member Organisations.
The Governing Council
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 one representative from each ‘national group’ of Member Organisations. The representatives are the Heads of organisations within the ESF membership. The Governing Council normally meets twice a year (in spring and autumn).
Expert Boards and Committees
Expert Boards and Committees are established as the need arises, giving ESF the flexibility to adapt to the changing scientific landscape. They provide advice and initiate strategic developments. 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)
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 small team of international staff.