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New governance model for the Donders Institute

Date of news: 15 November 2022

Peter Hagoort, in his capacity of the chair of the Governance committee of the Donders Institute, handed over the report “On the way to a network structure for the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour” to the members of the Executive Board of the Radboud University.

Today, Peter Hagoort, in his capacity of the chair of the Governance Committee of the Donders Institute, handed over the report “On the way to a network structure for the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour” to the members of the Executive Board of the Radboud University.

This report is the result of a Governance Committee that was established by the Executive Board of the Radboud University (CvB) in 2021. Since the start of the Donders Institute, about  15 years ago, the Donders Institute has grown from a loosely coupled network organization into a world leading research institute. With its mission to be a world leading research institute on brain, cognition and behaviour from a systems level perspective, the next step was to professionalise its governance model.

The Governance Committee advised on improving the multidisciplinary collaboration between faculties, centers and other stakeholders of Donders Institute. To achieve a balanced management, two important positions are created: the independent Chair of the Supervisory Board and an independent Scientific Director.

In just over a year and after multiple rounds of consultation with all stakeholders, the Governance Committee has produced this final document. It includes the proposal for a covenant for the Donders Institute Network, a specification of the tasks of the Supervisory Board and the profile of its Chair, and a specification of the tasks of the Scientific Director and their profile.

Today marks an important moment for the Donders Institute and the Executive Board of the Donders Institute would like to thank the Governance Committee for their work that should enable a forward-looking policy to meet the scientific and societal challenges that lie ahead.