Alternet Association

Alternet is an international non-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium. Its internal governance is organised into two main governing bodies: the Management Board and the Network Council.

Maurice Hoffmann

Alternet Network Council Chair

Ana Lillebø (CESAM)

Alternet Network Council Vice-Chair

Jiska van Dijk (NINA)

Alternet Management Board Chair

Allan Watt

Alternet Management Board Vice-Chair

Alternet Management Board

Each of Alternet’s core activities is supported by the leadership of an appointed member of the Management Board. The Management Board members work to deliver action proposals and recommendations to the Alternet Council–and then work throughout the year to carry out those action plans. The Council Chair, Council Vice-Chair, Secretariat, and Treasurer all additionally serve as members of the Management Board.

Management Board members work on an in-kind basis and meet several times throughout the year with at least one in-person meeting held annually.

Jiska van Dijk (NINA)

Management Board Chair

Allan Watt

Vice Chair; Summer School

Sonja Jähnig (IGB)

Alternet Conference

Philip Roche (INRAE)

Alternet High Impact Actions (AHIA)

Mart Külvik (EMU)

Collaboration on international calls and tenders

Marie Vandewalle (UFZ)


Juliette Young (UK-CEH)

Science-Policy Interface

Adriana Clivillé Morató (CREAF)


Joan Pino (CREAF)

Multi-Site Research (MSR)

Lisa Norton (UK-CEH)

Biodiversity Monitoring

Riikka Paloniemi (Syke)

Research Infrastructure

Ana Lillebo (CESAM)

Alternet Conference

Mark Frenzel (UFZ)

Research Infrastructure

Alternet Network Council

Each partner institute in Alternet selects a council member when they join the network. These representatives comprise the Network Council, the governing body responsible for approving proposals, budgets, and activities. Full members of Alternet are appointed voting rights, while associate members may attend Council meetings but do not participate in voting.

An annual meeting of the Council is held annually under the leadership of the Council Chair and additional meetings may be organised as often as needed. 

  • Council Chair: Maurice Hoffmann (Belgium)
  • Council Vice-Chair: Ana Lillebo, CESAM (Portugal)


The activities of the governing bodies are supported by the Alternet Secretariat; the secretariat also oversees internal and external communications and general administration.

Tyler Kulfan

Alternet Secretariat


VACANT – The Alternet Treasurer is responsible for managing the finances and financial records of the Alternet Association.

Eklipse Governance

Since 2020, the Eklipse science-policy interface has been under the management of Alternet. Eklipse’s governance is self-sustaining and operates autonomously. Learn more about Eklipse’s governance and organisation.