eseia works on a triple-layer structure from the eseia Secretariat to the General Assembly and Governing Council.
eseia’s operations are co-ordinated by the eseia Secretariat based in Graz, Austria with an Office in Brussels. The eseia Secretariat handles the day to day affairs of the Association and is headed by the Director, Brigitte Hasewend. Before joining Graz University of Technology in 2007, Brigitte Hasewend spent 10 years living and working in Brussels. During this time she held several positions at DG Research of the European Commission where she worked as a project officer for Marie Curie excellence actions, as well as policy officer for the ‘Europe of Knowledge 2020’ and the ‘Forum on Science and Society’. Previously, Brigitte was an executive working as Deputy Director at the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), an international organisation for higher education cooperation based in Brussels.
eseia‘s highest decision-making body is the General Assembly, which elects the President, admits new members, approves the Association‘s budget and accounts, decides on the internal regulations of the Association and other matters within its competence. All members and associate members are entitled to attend the General Assembly but only members have the right to vote. The Assembly meets at least once a year. The decisions taken by the General Assembly are based on the proposals made by the Governing Council which is responsible for the management of the Association.
The Governing Council is responsible for the management of the association. The Governing Council consists of 7 administrators, including the eseia President, four Vice-Presidents, the eseia Treasurer and the eseia Director. The members of the Govering Council are elected by the General Assembly and meet several times a year to discuss the eseia strategy. The current council members are listed here.