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A brief overview of the composition and role of some of the key players in the Forum is outlined below.

ESFRI Members

The ESFRI Delegates shall be senior science policy officials or equivalent representing the Ministers responsible for Research in each of those States wishing to take part; they shall have access to and be capable of influencing policy-making in their own country. A senior science policy official shall represent the European Commission. The members of each delegation are nominated by their Minister(s) for two years and may be confirmed whenever appropriate.

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The ESFRI Chair is appointed from among the ESFRI delegates, for a two-year non-renewable term. The current Chair is John Womersley, Chief Executive Officer of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK.

The main tasks of the Chair include:

  • To propose a planning for ESFRI activities;
  • To conduct meetings and to act as moderator for discussions
  • To approve draft agendas and summaries of meetings;
  • To represent ESFRI in matters agreed by the Forum.

ESFRI Executive Board

An Executive Board assists the Chair in the planning of ESFRI activities. This board is composed of the ESFRI Chair, of the EC representative and of ESFRI Delegates selected by consensus. The current composition of the Executive Board is:

John Womersley (UK), Chair
Giorgio Rossi (IT), Vice-Chair
Odd Ivar Eriksen (NO)
Jan Hrusak (CZ)
Philippe Lavocat (FR)
José Luis Martinez Pena (ES)
Eucharia Meehan (IE)
Octavi Quintana (EC)

ESFRI Executive Secretariat

The ESFRI Secretariat is provided by the European Commission. The primary role of the Secretariat is to assist the Forum in its operation. In particular, it assists the Chair and Executive Board in the preparation and circulation of draft agendas, meeting summaries and related documents.


ESFRI Executive Secretary
Research Infrastructures
c/o ESFRI Secretariat
ORBN 4/110
B-1049 Brussels

Telephone: +32 2 29 81004
Fax: +32 2 29 92102