Structure and Governance

The ESS ERIC is governed by a General Assembly which appoints the Director. The governance arrangements are detailed in the ESS ERIC Statutes and are elaborated as required in the Standing Orders.

The activities of the ESS ERIC are detailed in its Annual Activity Reports. The Annual Activity Report 2014-2015 is available.

Members of the General Assembly are represented by a National Representative.

The Chair of the General Assembly is Professor Michael Breen, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. The Deputy Chair is Professor Algis Krupavičius, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

The Commission Implementing Decision setting up the ESS as an ERIC was published on 30th November 2013.

ESS ERIC General Assembly, National Representatives


Matthias Reiter-Pázmándy, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy


Bart Dumolyn, delegated representative from the Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (representing the Flemish Community)

Marc Vanholsbeeck, delegated representative from the Federation Wallonia-Brussels (representing the French-speaking Community)

Czech Republic

Petr Ventluka, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports


Marju Raju, Ministry of Social Affairs


Pascal Buleon, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHSS), acting in association with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Foundation for Political Sciences


Monika van Ooyen, Federal Ministry of Education and Research


National Research, Development and Innovation Office


Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Irish Research Council (HEA)


Professor Algis Krupavičius, delegated representative of the Ministry of Education and Science


Anne Westendorp, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Dr. Joris Voskuilen, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


Ministry of Education and Research, represented by Dr Ingunn Stangeby, Research Council of Norway


Dariusz Drewniak, Ministry of Science and Higher Education


Foundation for Science and Technology


Dr. Albin Kralj, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport


Professor Michael Tåhlin, delegated representative from the Swedish Research Council


Samantha McGregor, Economic and Social Research Council (Host Country)

Switzerland is an Observer and is represented by Professor Georg Lutz, FORS (Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences).

Countries with Guest status in Round 8 include Finland, represented by Helena Vänskä, Academy of Finland; Iceland, represented by Dr Gudbjorg Andrea Jonsdottir, Social Science Research Institute, University of Iceland; and Israel, represented by Dr Hagit Schwimmer, Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.

The General Assembly has three standing committees: a Scientific Advisory Board, a Methods Advisory Board and a Finance Committee.

The Director, Dr. Rory Fitzgerald, ESS ERIC Headquarters, City, University of London, is supported in the design and implementation of the ESS ERIC Work Programme by six other institutions that collectively comprise the Core Scientific Team. These are:


Deputy Directors are in post in four institutions:

The ESS ERIC Director also convenes a National Coordinators’ Forum, attended by National Coordinators (NCs) appointed by ESS ERIC Members and Observers.  NCs from Guest countries also attend this Forum.