The COPERNICUS Alliance was established and is run by members, for its members. It is registered as an NGO non-for-profit organisation under German law. The CA is self-financed and uses its funds to achieve its mission. It also seeks external funding for projects and activities.
The network is coordinated by a Leadership Team and supported by an Advisory Board and a Network Manager. The Leadership Team and Advisory Board members are volunteering positions. The President is elected every second year by the CA members and the Advisory Board. The Executive Director is elected for a period of four years.
- Dr. Anne Zimmermann, University of Bern President | 2019 - 2020
- Dr. Ingrid Mulà, University of Girona Executive Director | 2019 - 2022 currently on maternity leave
Ingrid Mulà is research and knowledge transfer manager at the Institute of Educational Research (IRE) at University of Girona. She holds a doctorate in Sustainability from the University of Gloucestershire, with a focus on social learning and institutional change for sustainable development in higher education. She joined the IRE in November 2017 with the specific role of supporting researchers' projects and outputs especially in the area of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Her research trajectory has always focused on researching and bringing about change for sustainability at the university level. During her time in the UK, Ingrid coordinated the COPERNICUS Alliance secretariat (2012-14) and took a pivotal role in writing, and coordinating the “University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD)” which involved 53 universities in 33 countries. In addition to this, she coordinated a United Nations University Regional Centre of Expertise in ESD (UNU RCE Severn) and actively participated in the RCE global network.
- Mario Diethart, University of Graz Network Manager
Mario Diethart holds a master in Environmental System Sciences with focus on geography from the University of Graz. He is working in the field of ESD as part of the Regional Centre of Expertise Graz-Styria. He was involved in various EU research projects focusing on innovative teaching and learning (e-learning, international, intergenerational settings) and more recently on city planning and participatory methods in mobility projects. Before assuming the role as Network Manager in the COPERNICUS Alliance he served as Finance Administrator of the network.
- University of Girona Network Coordinating Institution
The Advisory Board is elected every four years by the CA members and consists of:
- Prof Matthias Barth, Professor for Education for Sustainable Development, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
- Prof Anna Maria Geli, Professor at the University of Girona (UoG), Former Rector of UoG and President of CADEP-CRUE (2005-13), Spain
- Prof Hans van Ginkel, Former Under Secretary General of United Nations, Rector of the United Nations University and Rector of Utrecht University, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
- Mr Dario Piselli, Law student at the University of Siena and Founder of Greening USiena, Italy
Prof Alessandra Viviani, Deputy Director, Department of Political and International Sciences, Associate Professor of International Human Rights Protection, former Vice Rector for International Relations (2010 -2016), University of Siena, Italy
Prof Doris Wastl-Walter, Professor of Human Geography and former Vice-Rector for Quality (2011-2017), University of Bern, Switzerland