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 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

Austria

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

Belgium

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

Estonia

Marju Raju, Ministry of Social Affairs

France

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

Germany

Monika van Ooyen, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Ireland

Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Irish Research Council (HEA)

Lithuania

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

Netherlands

Anne Westendorp, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Dr. Joris Voskuilen, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Norway

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

Poland

Dariusz Drewniak, Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Portugal

Foundation for Science and Technology

Slovenia

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

Sweden

Professor Michael Tåhlin, delegated representative from the Swedish Research Council

UK

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

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

Countries with Guest status in Round 8 include Finland, represented by Helena Vänskä, Academy of Finland and Iceland, represented by Dr Gudbjorg Andrea Jonsdottir, Social Science Research Institute, University of Iceland.

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 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 appointed by ESS ERIC Members and Observers.