If you are an active ESGCT member interested in helping us to grow the society and increase our influence on the European research stage you are encouraged to nominate yourself or another ESGCT member to join the ESGCT Board. There are 5 Board positions to be filled from October 2018 to October 2021.
Each nomination will have to include a CV and a letter of intent or supporting letter outlining the candidate's motivation and what you feel the candidate would contribute to the Board. Nominations need to be submitted to the ESGCT office in writing by 15 September.
The election will be conducted by an online vote in which only active ESGCT members eligible to take part. Voting instructions will be sent to active ESGCT members on 1 October. Voting will close on 15 October and results will be announced in the Annual General Meeting at the Lausanne Congress and published on the website and social media afterwards.
What it means to join the Board of ESGCT
As an ESGCT Board member you play an integral part in shaping the Society and the field of gene and cell therapy. The Board consists of 10 scientists from across Europe who work in the field of gene and cell therapy and 1-2 student Board members. You can see the current Board here.
The main tasks of Board members are:
- Building the programme for the Annual Congress and Spring School
- Building and maintaining relationships with societies, institutes, companies and individuals
- Contributing to meeting fundraising
- Contributing to our blog and forum
Have a look at what our current Board members have to say about their experience:
...as Vincenzo Cerullo says: "Apply now, not tomorrow"
Will being on the ESGCT Board take up all of my time?
No. ESGCT needs your input and creativity to build on our track record of great Annual Congresses, initiatives to foster collaboration, support early career researchers and promote diversity, and promoting fundamental and clinical research in gene therapy and cell therapy generally. The Board meets at least twice a year, usually at the Annual Congress and the Spring School. In addition to preparing and attending these meetings, Board members are expected to take part in decision making by conference call or email. For a full overview of the Board's responsibilities, see the Constitution. The Board is supported by the ESGCT Office, powered by WATS.ON Ltd.
Do I need 5 Nature papers to apply to be on the Board?
No. The Board consists of 10 eminent scientists actively working in the field of gene and/or cell therapy. However, there are no requirements regarding the exact stage of Board members careers or their publication record.
Will I enjoy being on the Board?
We think so! You will have the opportunity the help shape the future of gene and cell therapy in Europe and work with other people who have a vision about this. ESGCT is a very warm and welcoming environment where you will feel supported in your work for the Board.
What will I get out of being on the Board?
As an ESGCT Board member you will have your voice heard. You will meet and work alongside other leaders in the field and have the experience of working with others outside of your own institution and immediate research topic.
...for any other questions, please contact us
for an informal chat.