Membership and organisation

Membership is currently based on country representation, however members do not formally represent their country. Members have to be in a formal and active position to provide science-based strategic advice to their democratic governments. Members of ESAF are nominated by EU-member governments at the request of the European Commission. Members can have an alternate represent their country at ESAF meetings. ESAF membership is open to non-EU countries which are associated countries of the European Research Area. ESAF members decide on admission of a non-EU member country to ESAF membership.

Parties interested in joining or contributing to ESAF as a member or associate are welcomed to express their interest to the executive secretary (

List of members

AustriaAustrian Academy of sciencesProf. Anton Zeilinger
BelgiumAcademie Royale de BelgiqueProf. Didier Viviers
BelgiumRoyal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the ArtsProf. Joos Vandewalle
BulgariaAdvisor to the Minister of Education and Science Prof. Ivan Dimov
CyprusChief Scientist for Research and InnovationDr. Nikolaos Mastroyiannopoulos
DenmarkChair of the Danish Council for Research and Innovation PolicyProf. Frede Blaabjerg
EstoniaPresident of the Estonian Academy of ScienceProf. Tarmo Soomere
FinlandVice president for research of the Academy of Finland Prof. Riitta Maijala
FrancePresident of AgreeniumMs Marion Guillou
GermanyPresident of the German Academy of Science LeopoldinaProf. Gerald Haug
GreeceProfessor of International Economic RelationsProf. Achilleas Mitsos
IrelandChief Scientific Advisor to the GovernmentProf. Mark W.J. Ferguson
LatviaA new member will be nominated
LithuaniaVice-Chairman of the Research Council of Lithuania Prof. Ričardas Rotomskis
Malta Senior Director R&I Programmes Unit Malta Council for Science and TechnologyDr. James Foden
NetherlandsPresident of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)Prof. Wim van Saarloos
PolandProfessor of Biological Sciences (GSCA-member)Prof. Janusz M.Bujnicki
PortugalPresident of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology Prof. Helena Pereira
RomaniaPresident Romanian Consultative Body for Research Technological Development and InnovationProf. Octavian Mădălin Bunoiu
SlovakiaCEO & Founder HighChem Dr. Robert Mistrík
SloveniaPresident of the Scientific Council of the Slovenian Research Agency Prof. Marko Topić
Spain Senior Advisor at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center Enric Banda
SwedenDirector General of the Swedish Research CouncilSven Stafström
SwitzerlandPresident of the Swiss Science CouncilProf. Gerd Folkers
United Kingdom Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance

List of associates

 Organisation/Function Associate 
European CommissionScientific Advice MechanismRenzo Tomellini
NetherlandsChair of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)Prof. Corien Prins
Wales Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales Prof. Peter Halligan