Societal Advisory Board – SOAB

The SOAB played a vital role in the development of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) which is now the basis for joint activities that focus on implementation. The task of SOAB is to bring the “societal pull” to the research agenda by evaluating joint activities in each phase of their development, implementation and evaluation against societal needs.  This type of collaboration between scientists and a broad spectrum of stakeholders is essential to further develop the SRA so that it can provide knowledge-based solutions for European development.

The SOAB also plays a key role in the general public engagement strategy of the JPI MYBL and supports the JPI in building up national stakeholder involvement through its networks. The SOAB collaborates with Science with and for Society (SwafS) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to promote public engagement and stakeholder inclusion in all stages of the research cycle.

Read more: Societal Relevance of Research on Demographic Change – An internal JPI-MYBL survey on the relevance of research themes

SOAB members

The SOAB now consists of 13 organisations and of an independent policy adviser.



  • Insurance Europe, Esko Kivisaari, Deputy Managing Director, Federation of Finnish Financial Services



  • Dr Alexandre Sidorenko, Independent Policy Adviser
For more information on the SOAB, please contact the JPI MYBL Secretariat