Societal Advisory Board (SOAB)

The Societal Advisory Board (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.

SOAB MemberContact details organizationRepresentative(s)
Age Platform Heidrun Mollenkopf (chair)
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) Nathalie Noupadja
(vice chair)
International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG)Alexander Peine
Independent Policy Advisor-Alexandre Sidorenko
European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)-Anett Ruszanov
European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)info@accessibletourism.orgAnnagrazia Laura
The Confederation of Family Organisations in the
European Union (COFACE)
secretariat@coface-eu.orgAnnemie Drieskens
Insurance EuropeFFI@financefinland.fiEsko Kivisaari
Paivi Luna
Eurocarers info@eurocarers.orgHenk Bakkerode
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)etuc@etuc.orgMarina Monaco
European Social Network (ESN)Sergio Murillo