The WED principles are set out in the WED governance document. All WED members, regardless their position in the academic hierarchy, can contribute to the design of the research, the collection of the data and its implementation. WED supports interdisciplinarity, open science practices, and sharing of data according to the FAIR principles.

We encourage co-authorship as the privileged option for publication of our community. Participation within the WED rests on the adherence to its core goals: to generate high-quality, internationally standardized, and informative data about elite populations at global scale.

The steering committee and the methods committee are responsible for the strategic and methodological direction of WED and are elected annually.

WED Governance Document

Steering Committee

The steering committee supervises the overall WED project and defines the long-term WED strategy. It validates membership, identifies funding opportunities and suggests scientific directions.

Methods committee

The methods committee defines WED’s overall methodological strategy. It makes decisions on sample, variables, operationalization of the WED database.


The WED secretariat coordinates calendars, documents the regular meetings, shares information between the teams and responds to questions of all WED members. It ensures that WED data management complies with data protection laws and the FAIR principles.