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Apply for a position within the Council on Stroke

For 2024 to 2026

The following positions are vacant within the Council for the period 2024-2026:

- Secretary/Scientific Documents Co-lead
- Treasurer
- National Contacts Coordinator
- Education & Scientific Programme Coordinator
- Communications & Young Community Coordinator
- Liaison Officer
- Nominating Committee Member x 3


Please submit the form if you wish to apply for one of the elected positions on the Nucleus or Nominating Committee 2024-2026:

  • Chairperson-Elect

The Council is led by the Chairperson with support from the Chairperson-Elect. He /she: 

  • Defines the strategy and objectives of the Council in accordance with the ESC Strategic plan and in collaboration with the other Nucleus Members
  • Supervises the operations and activities to ensure the Council’s goals are pursued
  • Prepares the agendas and conducts the Nucleus/Board Meetings
  • Prepares the Council’s Annual Report
  • Ensures that the Council functions according to ESC corporate governance rules and processes maintaining transparency in all matters
  • Reports regularly to ESC Vice-President for Councils or another suitable nominee representing the ESC Management Group
  • The Chairperson represents the Council at official functions of the European Society of Cardiology and outside events. 

The Chairperson serves for two years and automatically becomes the Immediate Past-Chairperson. The Immediate Past-Chairperson ensures continuity in the activities and initiatives of the Council and is automatically Chair of the Council Nominating Committee. The Past-Chairperson serves for two years and then leaves the Nucleus. 

The Chairperson-Elect has a two-year mandate before automatically becoming the Chairperson. He/she works in close cooperation with the Chairperson with the aim to create continuity of strategies once he/she assumes the role of Chairperson and may take on the responsibilities of the Chairperson should he/she be unable to perform his duties. 

After six years in the respective positions of Chairperson-Elect, Chairperson and Immediate Past-Chairperson, a person cannot be re-elected to the position of Chairperson-Elect in the same Council. He/she can however, re-enter the Nucleus in other positions after a period of four consecutive years by voting. 

  • Secretary/Scientific Documents Co-lead

The Secretary takes on specific responsibilities in relation to the organisation of the Council’s meetings, according to the Council’s Operational Guidelines. Secretary is also the lead of the Document Task force for the Council overseeing council documents initiatives, preparation and processing. The Secretary is elected for two years and may be re-elected for a further two years (four years maximum).

  • Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial affairs and budget management of the Council, according to ESC accounting principles. In collaboration with the ESC HQ responsible for optimal Stroke Conference financial planning.  The Treasurer is elected for two years and may be re-elected for a further two years (four years maximum).

  • National Contacts Coordinator

The National Contacts Coordinator will be responsible for leading a taskforce of national society contacts (national working groups on Heart & Stroke interaction) for future collaboration with the Council on Stroke on national levels. The successful applicant should ideally have experience in a national society and excellent communication and organisational skills. The National Contacts coordinator is elected for two years and may be re-elected for a further two years (four years maximum).

  • Education & Scientific Programme Coordinator

The responsibility of the Education and Scientific Programme Coordinator is to lead the Programme Committee for planning the Scientific Programme and logistics (together with the ESC Councils Office) of annual meeting (“Heart & Stroke”) and webinars. The Education and Scientific Coordinator is elected for two years and may be re-elected for a further two years (four years maximum).

  • Communications & Young Community Coordinator (young members)

The Communications and Young Community Coordinator is responsible for content and preparation of the Council Newsletter, to select scientific and clinical information of interest to Council on Stroke members for newsletter and website; to enhance the Councils presence on social media. Proven experience with social media and preceeding young community work experience is highly desirable. The communications and young community coordinator is elected for two years and may be re-elected for a further two years (four years maximum).

  • Liaison Officer

The Liaison Officer is responsible for communication with ESC Associations, Working Groups, Councils and with other scientific societies (ESO, ESMINT, ESVS, EANS, etc.) leading council collaboration in joint projects and joint presentation at joint congresses. The Liaison Officer is elected for two years and may be re-elected for a further two years (four years maximum).

  • Nominating Committee Member x 3

The role of the Nominating Committee is to supervise the good running of elections following a call for candidates for open positions. The Nominating Committee addresses any issues brought to their attention during the elections of Chairperson-Elect and Nucleus members according to procedures detailed in Article 6. 
The Nominating Committee: 

  • Ensures that the criteria for eligibility are pre-defined.
  • Evaluates the candidates and proposes at least one candidate per position.
  • Strives to encourage a good balance of candidates by considering the experience of the candidates, the geographical representation of ESC countries, and the gender. There must not be more than one Nucleus member from the same institution. There should not be more than 2 Nucleus members from the same country of work.
  • The Nominating Committee may decide not to validate candidates with conflicting roles on the slate for election.
  • The Nominating Committee must ensure full transparency of decision-making in these processes. In no case can the Nominating Committee influence or change the results of the voting. 

Applications must be submitted by 31 March 2024 

After review by the Nominating Committee, these positions will be elected by the members of the Council on Stroke (who are eligible to vote).


Eligibility criteria

As a Nucleus Member, you will contribute to the ongoing work and development of the Council on Stroke.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must be members of the Council on Stroke
  • Only Council members whose place of work is an ESC member country can be elected to Nucleus positions
  • Persons who, if elected, will hold simultaneously positions on Nuclei/Boards of other ESC Constituent Bodies, are not eligible 
  • Limitations of cumulative positions within the ESC: In order to ensure a renewal within the ESC and a good internal functioning, an officer may not hold more than three leadership positions at the same time
  • Limitation of representation within ESC Constituent Bodies: for the duration of their mandates, nucleus members cannot simultaneously hold another position as an elected Nucleus / Board Member in an ESC Association, Working Group or another Council, unless if co-opted in a non-voting position
  • Limitations of years of service within a nucleus: Council nucleus members may remain on one same nucleus a maximum of 12 years (consecutive or not).

All candidates must be a member of the same council at the time of the application deadline, 31 March 2024, and still have a valid membership on 31 May 2024.

Read the Governance rules


31 March: deadline applications

27April: announcement of final candidate slate

2-31 May: e-voting

15 June: announcement of elections results