As of January 1st 2013, NERF will be managed in a bottom-up fashion. The new NERF Management Committee is composed of the five NERF Group Leaders. One of them will be appointed as NERF Director for an 18-month period. The Group Leaders will take turns to take on this role. This is a challenging model but enables the Group Leaders to shape NERF significantly. Their goal is to develop NERF into an excellent neuroscience institute and into a unique environment with a collaborative and international culture. The first Group Leader to take on the role of NERF Director is NERF pioneer Emre Yaksi.