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
CroatiaUniversity of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & BusinessProf. Alen Stojanović
CyprusChief Scientist for Research and InnovationDr. Nikolaos Mastroyiannopoulos
Czech RepublicVice-Chairman, Research, Development and Innovation Council of the Czech RepublicMr. Vladimir Mařík
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
FranceHead of the Strategy, Research and Innovation service at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and InnovationMr. Nicolas Chaillet
GermanyPresident of the German Academy of Science LeopoldinaProf. Gerald Haug
GreeceProfessor of International Economic RelationsProf. Achilleas Mitsos
HungaryVice President for Science and International Affairs
National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Dr. István Szabó
ItalyPresident, National Research Council of ItalyProf. Maria Chiara Carrozza
LatviaChairperson of the Board, Association of Latvian Young ScientistsMr. Miķelis Grīviņš
LithuaniaVice-Chairman of the Research Council of Lithuania Prof. Ričardas Rotomskis
LuxembourgFirst Government Adviser (Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement), Ministry of Higher Education and ResearchDr. Romain Martin
Malta Designation: Consultant – Policy and Strategy Unit, The Malta Council for Science and Technology. Jennifer Cassingena Harper

NetherlandsVice President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Prof. Marileen Dogterom
PolandProfessor of Biological Sciences 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 Mr. Enric Banda
SwedenDirector General of the Swedish Research CouncilMr. Sven Stafström
SwitzerlandPresident of the Swiss Science CouncilProf. Sabine Süsstrunk
United Kingdom Chief Scientific Adviser Mr. Patrick Vallance

List of associates and guests 

Organisation/Function Associate
European CommissionScientific Advice MechanismMr. VERRAES Jacques
NetherlandsChair of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)Prof. Corien Prins
Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick