Instruct was designated an ERIC in July 2017. An ERIC is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, which is a specific legal entity designed by the EU to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest. The Instruct-ERIC Governance structure is defined in the Instruct-ERIC statues. For more information on ERICs, the regulation on ERICs can be consulted.


  • Instruct-ERIC Council: the ultimate decision-making body in the consortium. It consists of scientific and administrative representatives from each Instruct-ERIC Member State
  • Executive Committee: the supervisory body for the execution of the project which reports to and is accountable to the Council. It is responsible for maintaining overall responsibility for the progress and direction of the project.
  • Instruct-ERIC hub: acts as the point of contact and administrative centre for all organizational and reporting activities to the consortium and the community.

Instruct’s objectives are set by the Instruct Council and Executive Committee. The Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), Instruct-ERIC member states, the Instruct Centres Forum and Advisory committees all provide advice. This structure provides all stakeholders, from funding agencies to individual scientists, with the channels and opportunity to shape the future of Instruct.

Instruct is part of the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap, which contributes to the realisation of the European Research Area. The competitive and open access to high quality research infrastructures supports the activities of European scientists and attracts the best researchers from around the world.


Instruct-ERIC Council members


Name Member Country
Laurence Lenoir Belgium
Jan Burianek Czech Republic
Stine Vad Bovtrup Denmark
Eric Guittet France
Ilana Lowi Israel
Lucia Banci Italy
Kaspars Tars Latvia
Nico Kos Netherlands
Maria Armenia Carrondo Portugal
Lukáš Zendulka Slovakia
Inmaculada Figueroa Spain
Megan Dowie UK


Instruct-ERIC Council observers

Name Representing
Silke Schumacher EMBL
Vasileios Gregoriou Greece




Dates for upcoming
Instruct-ERIC Council meetings 

16 October 2019 - Friends House, London

13 May 2020 - Venue to be confirmed

15 October 2020 - Venue to be confirmed


Instruct-ERIC Executive Committee

Name Member Country
Jan Steyaert Instruct Centre-BE
Vladimir Sklenar Instruct Centre-CZ
Alberto Podjarny Instruct Centre-FR1
Darren Hart Instruct Centre-FR2
Gideon Schreiber Instruct Centre-IL
Lucia Banci Instruct Centre-IT
Rolf Boelens Instruct Centre-NL
Dave Stuart (chair) Instruct Centre-UK

Dates for upcoming
Instruct-ERIC Exec meetings 

11 Dec 2019 - Teleconference

12 Mar 2020 - Teleconference

17 Jun 2020 - face to face in Brussels

17 Sept 2020 - Teleconference

10 Dec 2020 - Teleconference