Management Board

Members of HDHL 2023
In the Management Board, all decisions relevant to HDHL, are planned, taken, and implemented.

Overall coordination

The Management Board (MB) is responsible for the overall coordination, supervision, implementation and progress of HDHL. The MB will request advice from the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB). For decisions, the MB will take into due consideration the deliberations made by these two boards.
The MB also ensures the political backing of the initiatives from member states and associated states. MB members are requested to coordinate with relevant stakeholders in their countries. 

Management Board responsibilities

The MB identifies:

  • societal relevant research issues
  • public research instruments (regional, national, and/or European) suitable to realize the objectives
  • priorities for joint initiatives that will have valuated impact at the European Union level, taking into account pre-existing national and EU activities

This involves at least the following steps and decisions:

  • define the procedures to establish the Strategic Research Agenda
  • adopt the final document, oversee its development, and decide on updates and changes

The MB will:

  • develop strategies for international cooperation and coordination
  • define joint transnational initiatives, based on the defined priorities for joint initiatives
  • define rules of participation and invite Member and Associated States to participate in the implementation of joint transnational initiatives (including prior commitment on financing, premissed that participation in specific initiatives is voluntary and follows the principle of variable geometry)
  • facilitate the development of new instruments, where necessary

Furthermore the MB will

  • implement an overarching concept for the dissemination and communication of results
  • report to CREST, SCAR, KBBE-NET or other political bodies of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union

Members of the Management Board

Country Organisation
Austria The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF)
Belgium Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO)
Canada* Canadian Institutes of Health Research (IRSC CIHR)
Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MSMT)

Ministry of Social Affairs (SM)

The National Institute for Health Development


Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR)

French National Research Agency (ANR)


Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

Health Research Board (HRB)

Italy* Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry (MASAF)

Ministry of Education and Science

Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC)

Lithuania* Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
Netherlands The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)

Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD)

The Research Council of Norway (RCN)


Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Jagiellonian University


Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization

National Research and Development Institute for Food Bioresources (IBA)

Spain* State Research Agency (AEI)
United Kingdom

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

* Participating observer status



Béatrice Morio foto

Béatrice Morio

Chair of the Management Board
beatrice.morio [at]