Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

H3ABioNet is composed of 32 different Nodes based in 15 African countries and two Nodes in America. Each Node has a Principal Investigator (PI) that is part of the General Assembly (GA). The GA is responsible for high-level strategic planning for the network, maximising the synergies between the project components, reviewing node status and progress and fund-raising. The GA, which meets once a year at an annual network meeting, will be kept informed of major plans proposed by the Management Committee (MC), and decisions affecting the whole network are put forward to the GA by the MC. Each member of the GA has equal voting rights.

Each working group comprises of a Chair and a Co-Chair. The Chair and Co-Chair of each working group belongs to the Management Committee (MC) which meets once a month to provide working group reports and for overall monitoring and coordination of H3ABioNet activities. The MC receives reports on network activities from the core staff, sets priorities, monitors deliverables and timelines, allocate resources, oversee activities of subcommittees, and review applications to run new courses and general co-ordination of H3ABioNet's activities. The MC communicates to the GA the decisions that are decided upon and also seeks a broader consensus. More information about the various H3ABioNet working groups can be found here.

The GA reports to the Scientific Advisory Body (SAB) which oversees the network and provides much valued input. The SAB provides input on overall strategic goals and management, and works with the GA to evaluate node status applications and reviews postgraduate student project proposals and bursary applications (for nodes without a track record in bioinformatics and early career awardees). The SAB is invited to attend all GA meetings in association with the annual network meeting at different node sites, where students can present their work (to enable monitoring of progress by the SAB). The GA, with input from the SAB, monitors progress of each node and ensure that each group is carrying its own weight within the network. If a group is found to be under-performing, the GA and SAB can vote to block further funding to that group until improvements are made.

 Schematic representation of H3ABioNet's organizational structure.