The executive board is responsible for the formal representation of ECSA and its business conduct. It is elected at each ECSA General Assembly for a period of two years and instructs the Secretariat (ECSA headquarters). The current executive board was elected at the 2018 ECSA General Assembly in Geneva.
ECSA’s board of directors advises the executive board and sets the scientific guidelines for ECSA’s work. Each ECSA General Assembly appoints up to five ECSA members to the board of directors for a period of two years. The board of directors meets at least once a year and makes decisions by a simple majority. The current board of directors was elected at the 2018 ECSA General Assembly in Geneva.
ECSA headquarters is currently hosted by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, with satellite offices in Brussels and Leiden. It supports the work of the executive board and working groups, and manages ECSA’s external and internal communications, as well as organizing ECSA’s events. It advises ECSA members on how to connect their activities with ECSA’s goals. Staff at ECSA headquarters also work on citizen science projects.
The advisory board guides ECSA on strategic and policy matters, and reviews annual reports and ECSA accounts. The members meet regularly and report to the general assembly. The advisory board consists of up to 12 people, who are not ECSA members. Advisory board members are elected for two years at ECSA general assemblies, and any ECSA member can nominate someone. Advisory board members can be academics, political actors or people interested in citizen science. Our current advisory board members represent research councils, regulatory organizations and government agencies, as well as members of the public.