Organization of the EMGO Institute
Strategic management of the EMGO+ Institute lies with the Executive Board consisting of the Director (prof. dr. Eco de Geus) and two vice directors i.e. members selected from the heads of the departments participating in the Institute (prof. dr. Willem van Mechelen and prof. dr. Brenda Penninx). The further organizational structure of the Institute is depicted here (jpg).
The Executive Board answers to the Board of Deans representing the VU University Medical Center, VU University Faculty Earth and Life Sciences, and VU University Faculty Behavioural and Movement Sciences. Strategic advice on positioning of the institute in the national and international context is obtained from the External Advisory Board, the composition of which is shown in table 1.
|Prof. R. van Dyck (chair)||VU University Medical Center Amsterdam||Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry, Former Head of the Department of Psychiatry|
|Drs A.M.P. van Bolhuis||National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)||Director Public Health and Health Services|
|Prof. S.E. Buitendijk||University of Leiden||Vice Rector Magnificus and member of the Executive Board|
|Prof. V.W.M. van Hinsbergh||VU University Medical Center Amsterdam||Emeritus Professor in Physiology, Former Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular Research (ICaR-VU)|
|Prof. J.A. Knottnerus||Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) / Maastricht University||Chair WRR / Professor of General Medicine|
|Dr A. Kroneman||Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)||Chief Medical Officer|
|Prof. J.P. Mackenbach||Erasmus M.C., University Medical Center Rotterdam||Chair of the Department of Public Health|
Table 1: Advisory Board of the EMGO+ Institute in 2015
Intercollegiate connectivity with the directors of the four other VUmc research institutes is realized by VUmc Research Council membership of the EMGO+ director. The Research Council, headed by the VUmc dean, takes responsibility for general research policy and the research infrastructure of VUmc. The Research Council also provides advice to the VUmc Executive Board on how to spend the ex-ante research funding part of the VUmc performance-based funding model. Intercollegiate connectivity with the directors of the other VU research institutes is realized by participation of the EMGO+ director in the biannual discussion of general VU research policy of the Rector with all research institute directors and the Faculty research directors.
The Director and the Manager assisted by administrative support staff and three Committees carry out the day-to-day management of the institute. The Science Committee discusses and, with the help of reviewers, judges all project proposals and consists of a mix of midcareer and senior scientists representing EMGO+ scientific and methodological expertise. The quality officer chairs the Quality Committee. Their role is to introduce all EMGO+ researchers to the quality guidelines laid down in the EMGO+ quality handbook (www.emgo.nl/kc/), to advise on policies regarding scientific quality and integrity, and to perform yearly audits of research projects. The PhD Committee organizes the introductory day for PhD students, maintains an intervision system for PhDs, and reviews the PhD training- and education plans. It also produces PhD handbooks with tips and tricks, including the ‘Finish your PhD’ manual to guide students through the final six months of their PhD project.
The eight program directors provide the scientific leadership of the institute. Per program two directors ensure sufficient interfaculty cross talk and scientific focus within the program. Together with the Executive Board they facilitate productivity in scientific and societal output as well as in external fund raising. Broad support for scientific and strategic policy is ensured through quarterly meetings of the Executive Board and program directors with the Management Committee that consists of the heads of participating departments (listed in table 2).
The multidisciplinary nature of the EMGO+ Institute is amply illustrated by the diversity of the participating departments listed in table 2:
|Departments||Head of department||Research staff|
|FALW Health Sciences
(incl. Nutrition and Health)
|Maurits van Tulder||70||34.3|
|FALW Athena Institute||Jacqueline Broerse||19||8.2|
|FGB Biological Psychology||Dorret Boomsma||27||16.0|
|FGB Clinical Psychology||Pim Cuijpers||68||37.8|
|FGB Developmental Psychology||Hans Koot||23||12.8|
|FGB Clinical Child & Family Studies||Carlo Schuengel||27||12.1|
|VUmc Anesthesiology||Stephan Loer||2||0.9|
|VUmc Clinical Genetics||Hanne Meijers - Heijboer||13||8.0|
|VUmc Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacy||Noortje Swart||3||1.1|
|VUmc Epidemiology & Biostatistics||Hans Berkhof (a.i.)||63||25.5|
|VUmc General Practice & Elderly Care Medicine||Henriëtte van der Horst||62||25.2|
|VUmc Internal Medicine||Mark Kramer||16||7.0|
|VUmc Medical Humanities||Guy Widdershoven||40||13.6|
|VUmc Medical Psychology||Frank Snoek||10||6.3|
|VUmc Midwifery Science||Gea Vermeulen||24||7.1|
|VUmc Obstetrics & Genaecology||Christianne de Groot||4||1.6|
|VUmc Ophthalmology||Stevie Tan||10||4.3|
|VUmc Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery||René Leemans||25||9.6|
|VUmc Pediatrics||Hans van Goudoever||31||11.0|
|VUmc Psychiatry - GGZ inGeest||Aartjan Beekman||84||39.2|
|VUmc Public & Occupational Health||Willem van Mechelen||104||46.9|
|VUmc Rehabilitation Medicine||Vincent de Groot||10||3.6|
Table 2 - Departments participating in the EMGO+ Institute in 2015 ( *14 researchers are employed by multiple departments, so the grand total of EMGO+ researchers in 721).
[last modified May 24, 2016]