For its operation and management, ISAMB is governed by principles of democraticity and equal opportunities enrolled in its Regulation, which defines the general principles of ISAMB’s organs composition, their roles, powers, and how they are elected and recruited, and work. ISAMB will adopt an organisational structure encompassing elements with distinct and complementary functions:
- the Governance Body, comprising: a) the Board of Directors, including the ISAMB’s Coordinator, appointed by the FMUL’s Dean, and one deputy Coordinator, elected by the Scientific Council that includes all the ISAMB’s Integrated Members; b) the Executive Committee, including the heads of the ISAMB’s dimensions of intervention and led by the R&D dimension head.
- the Advisory Body, including the Scientific Council, the Strategic Advisory Committee (comprising key stakeholders from the fields of research, education, technology, business, entrepreneurship, policy and social sectors), the External Auditor, and the Permanent External Committee for Scientific Advisory (CEPAC – Comissão Externa Permanente de Aconselhamento Científico), consisting of a board of experts on scientific areas related to the ISAMB activities.
CEPAC will provide advice and support by either taking part in the ISAMB national and internal evaluation exercises (reviewing its activities and verifying if the R&D Unit is on track and achieving what is supposed to) or helping to shape the ISAMB’s R&D agenda, through guidance and advice on future development, new opportunities for partnership and/or collaboration, and strategic direction.
The ISAMB’s activities are fully integrated and crosswise articulated in the four intervention dimensions: Research & Development, Education & Training, Economic & Social Innovation, and Diffusion, Dissemination & Outreach, as shown here [Target Figure]. The coordinator of each dimension will ensure a true dimension’s culture, promoting networking among all RGs, specific output indicators and evaluation mechanisms, and a dimension’s agenda aligned with updated reference documents and emerging issues and opportunities captured from horizon scanning.
To meet knowledge-to-action (KTA) rising demands in Environmental Health and offer effective bridge with society, ISAMB will continue to develop partnership, networking and fundraising, as shown below.
The Supportive Services, through the Management Office encompassing a diverse staff team, offer a wide range of technical services addressing ISAMB’s Community needs, in terms of administrative, financial and technical backing to the ISAMB’s partnership, networking, fundraising, and communicational activity, the last one with special emphasis to both image and (internal and external) communication management and outreach.