In order to optimise the expert knowledge and experience that its
Members can contribute, EAA institutionalises its Communities,
Committees, Task Forces and Commissioners as a practical way to gather
and mobilize the collective intelligence of the EAA. Our structure is both bottom-up and top-down. Communities are built bottom-up, to focus the knowledge and experience of our broad membership. Committees are top-down structures created by (and with leaders appointed by) the Executive Board (ExB), intended to build a kind of think-tank around the ExB. They offer advice in relation to the expanding list of tasks that the ExB must decide on, on an almost daily basis. New, Advisory Committees are therefore planned for introduction in the Strategic Plan period of 2021-24, to complement the existing Statutory Committees. These new Committees will have the following tasks: collecting experience in knowledge of the past (Scientific Committee); taking this knowledge into practice for a sustainable management of material remains (Heritage Committee), giving this knowledge to the next generations (Education, Training and Professional Development Committee) and promoting our results for the benefit and wellbeing of the public at large (Public Benefit Committee). All Committees will be linked to the individual Commissioners appointed by the Board to represent EAA in relevant institutions. Communities may nominate their expert representatives as candidates for relevant Committees. A Task Force is created by decision of the ExB for a limited period (usually one year) in order to achieve a particular result (formulate a policy, develop a standard, create an inventory, etc.).