The main decision-making body is the Management Committee (MC) which is composed of up to two representatives of each COST Country which has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Network. MC Members are nominated by the COST National Coordinators of the COST Countries. The MC coordinates the NEOH structure, defines its strategy and the organisation of networking activities, deals with budget relevant questions, agrees on invitations of additional participants and reports to COST. The main Action activities are organised into four Working Groups (WG), each comprising of a mix of expert members from the social and natural sciences across the sectors involved.
The network is supported by the following bodies:
- Short Term Scientific Mission Committee (STSMC): Responsible for assessing and approving Short-Term Scientific Missions.
- Editorial Board (EB): In charge of coordinating publications (e.g. book of abstracts, proceedings, articles) and preparing the Final Action Publication.
- Webmaster (WM): responsible for setting up and maintaining the Action website.
The Core Group prepares the decisions for the MC and is composed of the Action Chair, Vice-Chair, all WG leaders, the STSM leader and the EB leader.
The network members closely collaborate with the scientific and administrative COST officers:
Science officer of the Action: Dr Mafalda QUINTAS
Administrative officer of the Action: Ms Aranzazu Sanchez
The Grant Holder of the project is the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK, which administers the Grant by overseeing the financial and administrative management and the various coordination tasks required to successfully support the implementation of approved NEOH activities.