Board members are elected from the general membership for a term of five years. ESDR statutes allow between 13 and 16 Board serving members at one time (maximum of three per country). Typically, applications for Board membership close each year on 31 January and are evaluated by the Board before nominations are put before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September of the same year.
The ESDR Board assures the smooth functioning of the society and performs all duties not reserved to the AGM. These duties include managing scientific programs and educational events, developing projects through committees and participating in regular virtual or face-to-face meetings.
The ESDR Executive Committee (President, President-Elect, Past-President and Secretary-Treasurer) conducts the day-to-day management of the society, financial oversight and staff management. The Officers represent ESDR interests with sister societies and at national and international scientific events. The Executive Committee meets every week by teleconference and at meetings of the full ESDR Board.