The Governing Board

The Science Europe Governing Board is the senior body of elected members who jointly make, guide and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation. It reports to the General Assembly and is comprised of the President, the two Vice-Presidents, and a minimum of six Ordinary Members.

Ordinary Members, being Heads of Member Organisations, are elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years. The President of Science Europe chairs the Governing Board and decides in the event of tied votes. The Acting Director of Science Europe also attends Board Meetings but does not have a vote. In general, the Board meets at least twice a year.

Since November 2017, Marc Schiltz (FNR) serves as the President of Science Europe. The President chairs the General Assembly and the Governing Board and represents the organisation internally and externally.

The President is supported by two Vice-Presidents. Ingrid Petersson, Director General of the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS) is currently the Vice-President representing Funding Organisations. The other Vice-Presidency is currently vacant.

The following Ordinary Members serve on the Science Europe Governing Board since 2017:

  • Zbigniew Błocki, Director of the National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
  • Wolfgang Ertmer, Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Fernando Ferroni, President of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
  • Stan Gielen, President of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • József Györkös, Director of the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
  • Angelika Kalt, Director of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • Andres Koppel, Director General of the Estonian Research Council (ETAG)
  • László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)
  • Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

(01/12/17) Science Europe responds to the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council… read more

(01/12/17) Marc Schiltz (FNR) is the new President of Science Europe… read more

(07/11/17) Science Europe calls for simplification in Policy Brief on Public-to-Public Partnerships…read more

(Tallinn, 12 October 2017) The Tallinn Call for Action is released today by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It repeats the recommendation from Science Europe’s July 2017 Position Statement ‘On A New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment’. Read more

(26/09/17) European R&I community urgently calls to revise the TDM exception in the copyright reform... read more


(28/11/2017) The Governing Board of Science Europe released an open letter on the EOSC… read more