DTL is organised as a public-private partnership (the DTL alliance), facilitated by the foundation ‘Stichting DTL’. It is run as a network of experts and policymakers affiliated with the DTL partner organisations, supported by a small facilitating team.
The DTL team (the ‘DTL office’ or ‘DTL core team’) supports and guides the activities of the DTL community. Examples of the core team’s activities include making inspiring partner initiatives visible, stimulating the exchange of expertise, driving active collaboration among DTL-associated groups, organising topical science & technology meetings, establishing relevant links, providing information to the community, guiding collective agenda-setting among partners and funders, international outreach of important deliverables of the DTL collective, and assisting in the architecture of cross-partner projects and acquisition of funds to execute them.
Board, PAC, SAC
DTL is governed by a Board of domain representatives from all life science domains and major types of DTL partner organisations, whose role is to ensure DTL achieves its long-term goals, takes the best scientific and strategic approach in the interest of its stakeholders, and develops the highest quality activities with impact. Operations are monitored by a Scientific Advisory Committee consisting of senior staff from academia and industry. In addition, the board is advised by executive representatives from the partner institutes (the Partner Advisory Committee).
The DTL partners have a collective interest in realising a high-quality interconnected research infrastructure, and they actively contribute to the DTL network. Universities, university medical centres, life science institutes, and e-science institutes are DTL partners, and the group of industrial partners is rapidly growing. Partner organisations are directly involved in the DTL organisation through a representative in the Partner Advisory Committee. DTL partnership is formed through a bilateral DTL Partner Agreement between the DTL foundation (Stichting DTL) and independent legal entities (universities, universities of applied sciences (HBO), University Medical Centres, research institutes, and companies).