Dr. Leif Laaksonen (CSC – IT center for science, Finland) was appointed to chair the e-IRG for the next two-year season 2009-2010 at the e-IRG meeting in Paris on the 22nd of October, 2008. Laaksonen has been chairing the e-IRG since 2006, first during the Finnish EU Presidency and then as appointed for 2007 - 2008.
The main tasks of the Chair are:
• to propose e-IRG activities;
• to conduct meetings and to act as a moderator for discussions;
• to propose draft agendas for meetings, and the corresponding draft summaries;
• to represent e-IRG in matters agreed by e-IRG.
The Chair is supported in his/her tasks by the Secretariat in the preparation of meetings, drawing up of minutes and other duties in the general interest of the e-IRG as required. The Chair is chosen from among the e-IRG delegates representing states for a two-year once-renewable term. The Chair acts in the general interest of the e-IRG and no longer as a country representative.