Berkeley Lab Advisory Board Charter


The Regents of the University of California (UC Regents) are responsible for the University’s management and operation of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. The Regents have delegated to the UC President authority for administration of the University, including LBNL. The President makes a recommendation to The Regents regarding the Director of LBNL, whose appointment is approved by The Regents and who is an Officer of the University.

The LBNL Advisory Board provides advice to the UC President about the scientific and operational aspects of LBNL. In order to fulfill its purpose, the Board evaluates and makes recommendations concerning the overall content and direction of the LBNL scientific program, UC governance of LBNL management, and the effectiveness of the LBNL and UC contract assurance functions.

The Board is charged with commenting on the vision and strategy of the Laboratory; the effectiveness of the leadership, programs, and projects; the quality of the scientific staff and the intellectual and work environment; and the efficiency, effectiveness, and safe conduct of operations. The Board should become familiar with the Laboratory site and facilities and the adequacy of the infrastructure to support Laboratory missions. The Board also assesses the UC President’s oversight of and support for the Laboratory’s scientific mission and operations.

Members of the Board include up to 15 distinguished leaders, appointed by the UC President and drawn from academia, industry, and government. The following University officers serve on the Lab Advisory Board in an ex-officio capacity: Chair of Academic Council Special Committee on Lab Issues (ACSCOLI), the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for National Laboratories, UC Berkeley Chancellor, and LBNL Laboratory Director. The Board members are expected to challenge and improve scientific programs and to champion best-in-class management practices and systems. The Board is co-chaired by members selected by the UC President.

The terms of the members are 3 years (staggered) and are renewable. Terms begin January 1 and run through December. The Board meets two times per year.