Thursday, 30 June 2011

Technical Advisory Committee of the EISCAT_3D project

Our series on EISCAT_3D project internals continues with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The "Description of Work" specifies the tasks and composition of the TAC.

The Technical Advisory Committee is the monitoring body for the technical execution of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase. It consists of a Technical Co-ordinator, appointed by the Co-ordinator, up to four members from the consortium members involved in technical development within EISCAT_3D and at least two external members. Apart from the Technical Co-ordinator, the Executive Board appoints the TAC members. The Technical Co-ordinator shall chair all TAC meetings, unless decided otherwise for a specific meeting. There will be ordinary meetings at least every six months, and extra meetings when necessary."

The members of the TAC are
  • Frank Lind, MIT Haystack Observatory; Technical Co-ordinator and Chairman of TAC
  • Tom Grydeland, Northern Research Institute (NORUT), Tromsø, Norway
  • Werner Singer, Leibniz-Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Kühlungsborn, Germany
  • Jan-Geralt bij de Vaate, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
The TAC receives and reviews reports every six months from each Work Package leader describing the technical progress of his/her Work Package and the plans for the next six-month period. It reviews and assesses the levels of existing and planned technical co-ordination between the various Work Packages of the project as well as the levels of existing and planned technical co-ordination between the various project partners, including their sub-contractors and affiliated entities. It also provides regular feedback to each Work Package leader, assessing the progress of each Work Package, the interactions between the Work Packages and the project participants, and makes recommendations for future actions. Another task of the TAC is to produce six-monthly reports to the Co-ordinator and Executive Board on the technical status of the project, including the assessment of overall performance and recommendations for actions over the next six-month period.

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