Management & chess

Overview of the management

The CavNET Research Training Network is governed by a General Assembly (GA) comprising all members, i.e. all research team leaders, all recruited young researchers, the research co-ordinator and the managing co-ordinator. The GA is the supreme institution within the CavNET project.

The Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be formed at the beginning of the project in order to deal with strategic decisions:

(1) research direction,
(2) training activities,
(3) technological aspects,
(4) exploitation,
(5) quality assurance,
(6) budget,
(7) planning,
(8) control and
(9) troubleshooting.

It will include the research co-ordinator (RCO/Prof. Knipper) and the managing co-ordinator (MCO/Dr. Wheeler-Schilling). In addition, the GA will vote two team leaders and two representatives of the young researchers by majority in the PSC. The management board (MB, [=RCO&MCO]), will be responsible for the "day-to-day" management. In addition, it will be the interface between the project partners and the European Commission. Every year, a progress report along with a consolidated overview of the incurred costs and budget situation on the basis of the cost statements will be supplied by the CavNET teams.

The structure has been designed out of previous experience with successfully managed national and international projects. The structure of the management units, the hierarchical reporting structure and the information flow follow the work breakdown rather than existing inter-partner and intra-partner relationships. They are thus optimally suited for an efficient management of the proposed work. There will be a free and unhampered flow of information as well as research material necessary for the completion of the project. The MB will call meetings of the PSC every six months to review the progress of the project. The GA will meet at least once per year under the chairmanship of the MB. Each research team will be responsible for implementing national and European guidelines for quality and safety assurance.

The Research Management Unit (RMU), responsible for collecting all project archives and publications and making them available to all partners and the European Commission e.g. minutes of the GA, PSC and MB meetings as well as short proceedings of organized seminars and training courses; technical progress reports every six months; quarterly updates on status (with a compilation of most significant abstracts from literature, congress reports, etc); monthly updates of budgeting and cost situation.

The external strategic advisory committee (SAC) will include three experienced senior scientists. These will be selected at the start of CavNet from the specialists who will be invited to the Annual Network Meetings and selected laboratories. Once per year, the SAC will give independent advice on the scientific issues and assess independently the relevance of the work progress with respect to the objectives and to the status of the CavNET project. The SAC will review scientific reports and will make suggestions for decision to the PSC when appropriate. If deemed necessary, alternative strategies, re-allocation of resources may be proposed to the GA, PSC and EMB at that time.

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