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IAS Governance

The IAS - Luxembourg is a unit of the University of Luxembourg under the authority of the Vice-Rector for Research. As part of the University of Luxembourg, the IAS enjoys the academic freedom guaranteed by Art. 19 of the modified Law of 27 June 2018 of the University. The IAS - Luxembourg is funded by a dedicated budget line, allocated on a yearly basis within the overall budget of the University of Luxembourg.


The Governance of the IAS - Luxembourg is composed of the following instances:

Head of IAS – Luxembourg

The Head of IAS - Luxembourg:

  • is a professor who is staff of UL and nominated by the Rector;
  • elaborates the strategy, yearly plan, 4-year working program and other key activities of the IAS;
  • leads the acquisition of additional external funding for the activities of the IAS;
  • proposes a yearly budget allocation to the Vice-Rector for Research.

Under the authority of the Rector, the Vice-Rector for Research will act as the founding Head of IAS during the launching phase of the four funding instruments of the IAS. The objective of the launching phase is to facilitate the setting up of the Scientific Council and to ensure a smooth start to the IAS instruments and activities.

After this initial phase, the Rector will appoint, based on a recommendation of the College of the IAS fellows, a professor as Head of IAS – Luxembourg. The mandate of the Head of IAS - Luxembourg is for a period of two (2) years, renewable once. The mandate cannot be cumulated with that of Dean or Vice-Dean of a Faculty, or Director or Vice-Director of an Interdisciplinary Centre. The Head of IAS - Luxembourg reports to the Vice-Rector for Research.


College of IAS Fellows

The College of IAS fellows is composed of all Principal Investigators of on-going Audacity projects. IAS fellows join the College at the starting date of their Audacity project; the fellowship ceases at the end date of their project. IAS fellows who are staff of UL are eligible to be elected as member of the IAS Scientific Council. The eligibility ceases at the end of their Audacity project.

The College of IAS fellows, presided by the Head of IAS, meets twice per year and has the following attributions:

  • provides an opinion on the strategy, yearly plan, budget, 4-year working program and other key activities of the IAS;
  • proposes a Head of IAS for nomination by the Rector;
  • elects, guided by a gender-balanced target and a simple majority of attendees, representatives among the eligible members of their college to be members of the Scientific Council;
  • selects and ranks “Distinguished” and “Brainstorm” projects, and submits these to the Rector for final funding decision;
  • proposes to the Vice-Rector for Research international experts for the Scientific Council.

The Vice-Rector for Research participates ex officio as an observer to the meetings of the College of IAS fellows


Scientific Council

The Scientific Council is composed of thirteen (13) members as follows:

  • Head of IAS - Luxembourg; ex-officio with a casting vote;
  • Five (5) elected representatives of the College of IAS Fellows, nominated by the Rector; the mandate ceases with the end of the project;
  • Five (5) international experts nominated by the Rector;
  • Gender Equality Officer, ex officio as non-voting observer;
  • Vice-Rector for Research, ex officio as non-voting observer.

Gender equality and awareness will be further promoted in the IAS - Luxembourg through the presence of the Gender Equality Officer in the Scientific Council. In this line, the composition of the Scientific Council respects a gender balance namely the proportion of members of each gender may not be less than forty (40) percent.

Deans of Faculties and Directors of Interdisciplinary Centres of UL cannot cumulate their mandate with that of being a member of the Scientific Council. Vice-Deans of Faculties and Vice-Directors of Interdisciplinary Centres are eligible to be a member of the Scientific Council.

IAS fellows nominated as members of the Scientific Council have a mandate of maximum two (2) years which ceases with the end of their Audacity project. The mandate is renewable once for the international experts. The Rector nominates new members following proposals from the College of IAS fellows.

The Scientific Council meets at least once per year and its role is to:

  • select and rank the “Audacity” and “Young Academics” projects, and submit the same to the Rector for final funding decision;
  • provide an opinion on key activities of the IAS;
  • contribute to the international visibility and reputation of the IAS - Luxembourg.


Organisation & Governance - Institute for Advanced Studies Luxembourg - Version 2.0 from 18 May 2021