The Competence Network
Our Research is Needed
Welcome to the Research Network
You would like to do more for patients with congenital heart disease? Welcome! We are looking forward to welcoming you as a member.
Physicians engaging in research, researching institutions and organizations, as well as scientists from other fields can become a member of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects.
All other private individuals, institutions and organizations wishing to support research into congenital heart defects can apply to become a sustaining member.
The Benefits of Being a Member
Shape the future together with one of the largest research networks worldwide. We can achieve a lot together. The Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects is a non-profit association with the purpose of promoting science and research in the field of congenital heart disease and acquired pediatric heart disease. The network’s research results contribute to an improved early detection, treatment and prevention of congenital heart disease and helps preventing potential secondary diseases.
Having a Voice.
Each ordinary member has the right to exercise their right to vote in the General Assembly of the association and to thus help shape the research network’s development. Among others, the General Assembly is responsible for electing the chairperson and the representatives in the network’s Steering Committee, as well as for the statutes of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects.
Physicians and scientists who do not meet the criteria for an ordinary membership can become associated members. Their membership is limited and ends after the expiry of three years after admission to the end of the calendar year. One time – also several times – extension of the membership by three years upon application is possible. Associated membership has to be requested in writing. The Executive Board decides about the application for admission. Associated members are cordially invited to take part in the General Assembly. They do not have a vote.
All members have the right to use the logo of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects and to thus highlight their affiliation with an internationally prestigious research institution.
Members of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects are granted additional online presence for their performance spectrum on the research network’s website.
We support our members’ science communication by reporting on collaborative research activities, research results and publications and by calling attention to public events of individual members.
Always Up to Date
We keep you updated on our research activities, publications and recommendations as well as on all important news from the network on our website.
What Is the Membership Fee?
Natural persons currently pay 100 euros per year as ordinary or associate members. Legal entities currently pay 500 euros per year as ordinary members. The general meeting decides on all membership fees.
Become an Ordinary Member
The following individuals or institutions are eligible for ordinary membership:
- Natural persons who perform an active task in a scientific project of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects.
- Heads of a pediatric cardiology, cardiology or cardiosurgery department of a hospital, or a representative designated by them, if the designating head of the department has expressly waived his or her own membership in writing.
- Legal entities of which the tasks according to the statues include the inpatient and/or outpatient treatment of patients with congenital heart disease or the promotion of the scientific development in the field of congenital heart disease and vessels close to the heart.
Apply now to become a ordinary member:
Become an Associate Member
Physicians and scientists who do not meet the criteria for an ordinary membership can become associated members. Their membership is limited and ends after the expiry of three years after their admission to the end of the calender-year. One time – also several times – extension of the membership by three years upon application is possible. Associated membership has to be requested in writing. The Executive Board decides about the application for admission. Associated members do not have the right to vote.
Apply now to become an associate member:
Become a Sustaining Member
Whether as an individual, association, federation or company: Natural persons and legal entities that do not meet the requirements for ordinary or associate membership can become sustaining members. The Board of Directors decides on admission. Sustaining members are also welcome to participate in the general meeting, but have no voting rights. Sustaining members decide on an annual membership fee of their choice.