What are the responsibilities of the Alumni Board?

Board members conduct the business of the Association by attending meetings twice a year, to decide on policies and actions, and to promote and help to organise alumni activities, events and networks.

The Association aims to form an enthusiastic and resourceful Board that will be representative of gender and nationality, as well as the different categories of EMBL alumni, including all EMBL Units, different fields within molecular biology, scientists at different stages of their career, non-scientific staff, and alumni working in industry as well as in academia.

Board members are elected for a term of four years.

More details can be found in the EMBL Alumni Association Statutes.

Who is on the Alumni Association Board?

The Board consists of a chairperson, a treasurer and at least two more members. Any member may represent the Association individually.

Current composition of the Alumni Board

Additionally, a representative from EMBL attends the meetings to inform Board members of current developments at EMBL, and to ensure that EMBL's interests are relayed to the Board. This was Iain Mattaj as EMBL's Scientific Director from 1999-2005. It is currently Matthias Hentze, EMBL's Director since 2005.

How can I make my opinions heard at the Board?

Please contact one of the Board members or tell your Local Chapter head.

Can I become a Board member?

Board members are elected by alumni members every four years. You may nominate yourself or be nominated by another alumnus/a. Board members may stay in office beyond their term of four years until a successor has been elected.

For the election each alumnus/a has one vote. Elected are those candidates who have the most votes. No more than five new candidates can be elected at any one election. If necessary, a decisive vote will be taken.

Re-election is possible. The Board reserves the right to co-opt individuals to maintain balance on the board, particularly in terms of gender and geographical location.