The Association

The ICARUS consortium keenly supports archives and related institutions in rising to the challenges of the digital era. Based on the principle of complementarity the new tasks and challenges resulting from the advancing digital technologies can be faced together as a community. To be successful it is fundamental to not only effectively build up and maintain electronic infrastructures and shared standards and strategies, but to also jointly develop new approaches for international cooperation, which facilitate

  • the sharing of specific expertise and know-how,
  • the possibility for finding and developing additional funding schemes, and
  • the build-up and promotion of online content.

Simply put:

The ICARUS community adds to and creates value for already existing activities, and links networks in order to help archival and scientific institutions join forces.

ICARUS is organized as an association under Austrian Law, consisting of more than 180 public bodies from over 30 European states and Canada. Its basic aims and goals are defined in its constitution, which is determined by the association’s General Assembly. The Executive Board is responsible for the Association’s basic economic and strategic goals. Based on the Rules of Procedure, given by the Executive Board, the Management carries out the Association’s day-to-day business.

Executive Board

The Management of the Association is incumbent upon the Executive Board, chaired by the President, who is in charge of the ongoing business activities and acts as the Association’s main representative. The president is supported by two Vice-Presidents. Treasurer, Secretary, General Secretary and their proxies as well as the co-opted members complete the Board. On 3 May, 2023 the General Assembly elected the current Management to be in office from 2023 to 2026 and, respectively, co-opted the following persons into the Executive Board:

  • President

    • Birgit Kibal, National Archives of Estonia  (EE)
      • Representation of the association
      • Management of administrative and cooperative tasks
      • Participation in the activities according to the statute of the association
  • Vice-Presidents

    • Vlatka Lemić, ICARUS Hrvatska (HR)
      • Management and coordination of projects
      • Coordination of exchange programs
      • Partnership and networking with other institutions
    • Žarko Vujošević, Belgrade University (RS)
  • General Secretary

    • Thomas Aigner, Heritage Consulting GmbH (AT)
  • General Secretary Deputy

    • Karl Heinz, ICARUS (AT)
  • Treasurer

    • Martina Bolom-Kotari, University of Hradec Králové – Faculty of Philosophy (CZ)
  • Treasurer Deputy

    • István Kenyeres Budapest City Archives (HU)
  • Secretary

    • Maria Larsson Östergren, National Archives of Sweden (SE)
  • Secretary Deputy

    • Codruța Mihailovici National Archives of Romania (RO)
  • Co-opted Members

    • Antonella Ambrosio (Universita Federico Secondo, Napoli, IT)
    • Anabella Barroso (Archivo Historico Eclesiastico de Bizkaia, ES) (SF)
    • Andreas Nestl (State Archives of Bavaria, DE)
    • Dominique Stutzmann (Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, FR)
    • Francesco Roberg (Hessisches Landesarchiv, Marburg, DE)
    • Georg Vogeler (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, AT)
    • Hannelore Putz (Archives of the Diocese of Passau, DE)
    • Jitka Křečková (Czech National Archives, CZ)
    • Kateřina Zenklová (Czech National Archives, CZ)
    • Ladislav Dobrica (National Archives of Croatia, HR)(SF)
    • Marie Ryantová (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, CZ)
    • Manuel Salamanca (University Complutense in Madrid, ES)
    • Miguel Ángel Bermejo Alonso (Archivos Estatales, ES)
  • Controllers

    • Herbert Wurster (Archives of the Diocese of Passau, DE) r.
    • Artur Dirmeier, Archives of the Hospital of St. Catherine in Regensburg (De)

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees supports and advises the Managing Board whenever scientific and economic expertise is needed. The current members are:

  • em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Brunner: Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung (AT)
  • Dir. PhDr. Eva Drašarová: Narodní archiv Praha (CZ)
  • PhDr. Matevž Košir: Arhiv Republike Slovenije (SI)
  • Gen.-Dir. Dr. Margit Ksoll-Marcon: Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns (DE)
  • Dir. Dr. Gerhart Marckhgott: Oberösterreichisches Landesarchiv (AT)
  • Gen.-Dir. a. D. Prof. Dr. Lorenz Mikoletzky, Österreichisches Staatsarchiv (AT)
  • Univ.-Prof. Manfred Thaller, Universität Köln, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsbearbeitung (DE)
  • Ing. Jozef Hanus, CSc.: Odbor archívov a registratúr, Ministerstvo vnútra Slovenskej republiky (SK)

Honorary Members

The Honorary Members are nominated as a result of their particular contribution to the Association. The General Assembly decides upon the motion of the Managing Board.

  • Vácslav Babička, Czech Republic (2009) († 2012)
  • Karl Brunner, Austria (2009)
  • Lorenz Mikoletzy, Austria (2009)
  • Jozef Hanus, Slovak Republic (2013)
  • Manfred Thaller, Germany (2015)
  • Alena Pazderova, Czech Republic (2018)
  • Herbert Wurster, Germany (2018)