The ASTERICS Management Support Team (AMST) deals with the governance and day-to-day management of the project, and is part of the following ASTERICS governance structure.

AMST is led by ASTRON. The institutions involved directly in AMST are ASTRON and CNRS.

The organisational structure and decision-making process of ASTERICS largely follows the main principles of the DESCA (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) initiative but with some minor tweaks and modification. Specifically, ASTERICS recognises five main governance entities: (i) a General Assembly, (ii) an Executive Board, (iii) a Coordinator, (iv) a Management Support Team and (v) an External Advisory Board. The image shows the basic ASTERICS governance structure, and how these entities interact with each other and various other external stakeholders.

  • The ASTERICS General Assembly (AGA) is the ultimate decision making body of the consortium, with each of the full partners able to appoint one assembly member. The AGA typically meets face-to-face at least once per year - additional meetings (should they be required) can be held via video conference. Fabio Pasian was elected as chairperson again in June 2017 and he will serve for a renewable term of two years.

  • The ASTERICS Executive Board (AEB) is a supervisory body for the execution of the Project, comprising the coordinator and the work package leaders. The AEB reports to and is accountable to the AGA. In particular, the AEB is responsible for the proper execution and implementation of the decisions of the AGA, as well as assessing and monitoring the progress of the project.

  • The ASTERICS Coordinator, Carole Jackson, acts as an intermediary between the ASTERICS partners and the EC. The Coordinator is a member of the AGA and chair the AEB.

  • The ASTERICS Management Support Team (AMST) assists and facilitates the work of the Coordinator and the Executive Board, supporting the day-to-day and overall management of the ASTERICS project.

  • An ASTERICS External Advisory Board (AEAB) will be established in order to provide independent advice to the ASTERICS coordinator, and to conduct an independent assessment of the progress being made by the project. The AEAB will be composed of independent experts, closely associated with the ESFRI projects, other related Research Infrastructures and Industry.