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
Marko Uutela Finland
Eric Guittet France
Ilana Lowi Israel
Grazia Pavoncello Italy
Uldis Berkis Latvia
Gintaras ValinĨius Lithuania
Marijn Goes Netherlands
Maria Armenia Carrondo Portugal
Milos Hricovini Slovakia
Inmaculada Figueroa Spain
Megan Dowie UK
Silke Schumacher EMBL


Instruct-ERIC Council observers

Name Representing
Vasileios Gregoriou Greece




Dates for upcoming
Instruct-ERIC Council meetings 

15 October 2020 - Woburn House Conference Centre, London

26th May 2021 - Madrid (more details to follow)

6th October 2021- venue tbc


Instruct-ERIC Executive Committee

Name Member Country
Jan Steyaert Instruct Centre-BE
Vladimir Sklenar Instruct Centre-CZ
Jose Maria Carazo Instruct Centre-ES
Sarah Butcher Instruct Centre-FI
Alberto Podjarny Instruct Centre-FR1
Darren Hart Instruct Centre-FR2
Gideon Schreiber Instruct Centre-IL
Lucia Banci Instruct Centre-IT
Tassos Perrakis Instruct Centre-NL
Dave Stuart (chair) Instruct Centre-UK

Dates for upcoming
Instruct-ERIC Exec meetings 

17 Sept 2020 - Teleconference

10 Dec 2020 - Teleconference

3 March 2021 – Teleconference

23 June 2021 – Brussels

3 November 2021 - Teleconference