How we work

LifeWatch-ERIC is a distributed research infrastructure consortium founded by seven European Member States. Its structure mirrors its nature, with central components and Common Facilities located in three Member States, and national branches in all other countries.

LifeWatch-ERIC's current members are  Belgium, Greece, ItalyNetherlandsPortugalSlovenia, Spain
Furthermore, Slovakia participates as an Observer.



LifeWatch-ERIC relies on a multi-level governance model to ensure effective decision-making, smooth management, scientific soundness and transparency of processes.

The infrastructure includes two main Statutory Bodies to carry out these functions:

  • The General Assembly, the highest governing body, in charge of the overall direction and supervision of infrastructure activities
  • The Executive Board, responsible for day-to-day management, ensuring the consistency, coherence and stability of infrastructure services and coordination between the Common Facilities and Distributed Centres.

These are supported by four Subsidiary Bodies:

  • The Standing Committee, supervising the management of LifeWatch-ERIC
  • The Financial Committee,
  • The Scientific and Technical Advisory Board,
  • The Ethics Committee.