General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme governing and decision-making body of the Association. It is composed of all the Members and it works on the basis of a one country one vote principle. The General Assembly has the power to do anything instrumental in achieving the purpose of the Association.

More specifically it is competent to:

  • plan the strategy and determine the policy of the Association;
  • receive and approve the AAL  Programme business report, closing account and the budget;
  • supervise the implementation of the AAL Joint Programme, including the approval of annual work programmes and allocation of national funding to projects;
  • appoint, dismiss, suspend, and accept the resignation of the members of the Executive Board at any time;
  • admit, exclude or suspend Members;
  • appoint auditors;
  • amend the statutes/by-laws;
  • dissolve the Association.

In the AAL General Assembly, national funding authorities (either ministries or funding agencies) are members (info on accession to the AAL Association). Each country has one vote in the General Assembly; countries with more than one member organisation nominate one single voting person.

Member Countries

The following organisations from 20 countries are members of the AAL Association:

OrganizationTypeCountryWebsite
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und TechnologieKerstin Zimmermann, Gerda GeyerAustriahttp://www.ffg.at
InnovirisBibrowska BeataBelgium (Brussels Region)www.innoviris.be
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship AgencyAlain Thielemans, Maarten SileghemBelgium (Flanders)www.iwt.be
CIHRYves Joanette, Robyn TamblynCanadawww.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Research Promotion FoundationMarilena ParaskevaCypruswww.research.org.cy
InnovationfondenJens Peter VittrupDenmarkhttps://innovationsfonden.dk/da
Agence Nationale de la RechercheNakita VodjdaniFrancewww.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/
National Research Development and Innovation OfficeSzonja Csuzdi, Agnes DivinyiHungarywww.nih.gov.hu/
Israeli Directorate for EU FPAyala KarniolIsraelwww.iserd.org.il
Ministry of Education, University and ResearchAldo CovelloItalywww.ricercainternazionale.miur.it
Ministry of HealthGaetano GuglielmiItalyhttp://www.salute.gov.it/portale/home.html
Friuli Venezia Giulia RegionKetty Segatti, Annalisa ViezzoliItalyhttp://www.regione.fvg.it/rafvg/cms/RAFVG/
LuxInnovation (Private Sector)Pascal FabingLuxembourgwww.luxinnovation.lu
Fond National de la Recherche (Public Sector)Andreea MonnatLuxembourgwww.fnr.lu
Ministry of Health, Welfare and SportRené M.C. Prijkel, Geja LangerveldThe Netherlandswww.government.nl/ministries/vws
Research Council of NorwayTron EspeliNorwaywww.forskningsradet.no
National Centre for Research & Development (NCBR)Cezary BlaszczykPolandwww.ncbir.pl
Foundation for Science and TechnologyAna Cristina NevesPortugalwww.fct.pt
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)Ioana Fagarasan, Ramona SimionescuRomaniawww.uefiscdi.gov.ro
Ministry of Public AdministartionAlenka TepinaSloveniawww.mju.gov.si
Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital AgendaBerta MaureSpainwww.minetur.gob.es
Bizkay RegionSergio MurilloSpainhttp://web.bizkaia.eus/eu/
Instituto de Salud Carlos IIIMaria Jose Gonzalez Suso, Rafael de Andrés MedinaSpainwww.isciii.es
VINNOVALaurent Saunier, Marten BergSwedenwww.vinnova.se
Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and ResearchDaniel EgloffSwitzerlandwww.sbfi.admin.ch
Innovation UKChris Sawyer, Hazel HarperUnited Kingdomwww.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk