Participation in committees

Resource 1

Ensure committee chairs understand and can convey the role of the committee to members, and that the chair and members have up-to-date job descriptions. Ensure adequate orientation that describes the organization and its unique services, and how the committee contributes to this mission. Remember that the organization and its committees deserve strong attendance and participation. Don’t fall prey to the perspective that “we’re lucky just get anyone.” Set a standard for the best. Have ground rules that support participation and attendance. Revisit the ground rules every other meeting and post them on the bottom of agendas.

Resource 2

EMBO Members are instrumental in the running of the organization’s programmes. Four members talked to Kathy Weston about why they agreed to be part of an EMBO Committee and what they personally gained from it.