The Head of Centre (Programme Director) is responsible for daily operations of the Centre, and for the development of the scientific strategy plan, as well as to facilitate an environment for new project ideas. The Head of Centre should also take initiative to leverage the agreed funding with new funding possibilities (e.g. EU framework programmes etc.) and networking with leading research groups on the international research arena. The Head of Centre constitutes – together with a Deputy Head of Centre – the Executive Office.
The scientific leadership is executed by the Management Team, consisting of the Executive Office, the Senior Scientists responsible for the Competence Areas, and the DLP Managers. The Management Team is lead by the Head of Centre.
The Management Team is responsible for developing the strategic recruitment plan, idea generation, research programme development, team building activities, communication, e.g. conferences, workshops etc., in order to enhance the scientific quality.
The scientific work within the Centre is conducted through the different Demonstrator Line Projects (DLPs), each lead by a DLP-Manager. A DLP is in turn composed by one or more Work Packages (WPs), lead by a WP-Leader, that encompass a part of the overall activities in the DLP.
Each DLP Manager has an Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), which is responsible for the prioritization of the activities in the DLP – within the framework decided by the Board – and securing efficient transfer of important results from the DLP to the member companies. The Industrial Partners appoint representatives in the IACs. The DLP Manager is responsible for organizing meetings with the IAC at least twice a year.
The Senior Scientists, responsible for each Competence Area, as well as the DLP Managers, is appointed by the Board – on the basis of suggestions from the Executive Office – and reports to the Head of Centre regarding BiMaC Innovation scientific activities.
A Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was established during 2008. The SAB reports to the BiMaC Innovation Board. Tasks and Duties of the SAB include:
- Ensuring high quality science
- Carry out a systematic evaluation of scientific and technological outcome
- Offering advice on, for example, ideas on innovation related issues, advises on global scientific and technological directions, transparency and understanding of the structure and content of research projects, and suggests potential interactions with new external groups
The SAB meets physically once a year, in conjunction with a Board Meeting and spend a couple of days discussing different subjects with scientists, interviewing groups and research leaders and also prepare a report that is presented at the Board Meeting.
A DLP always consists of two or more scientific Competence Areas, which are actively involved in the DLP, securing cross-disciplinary interactions. The Senior Scientists in each Competence Area will create a cooperative cross-disciplinary research programme. The Figure below shows the relationship between the present Competence Areas and the DLPs.
An important part of the responsibility of the Competence Area Senior Scientists is to create and encourage collaboration/networking and work for an effective information and knowledge transfer between the DLP Managers and the researchers in the Centre. Ideas are usually created during interaction between scientists and the industrial partners, sensitized by seminars, workshops, conferences etc.
The generation of ideas and the process to bring them to projects (DLP): An idea may come from individual scientists or a partner in the centre, often through discussions at IAC-meetings, workshops, visits etc. A draft of the idea is then handled by the Management Team for assessment of the researchability of the idea, after which a proposal is drafted. After approval by the Management Team, the proposal goes to the BiMaC Innovation board for a decision, and, if approved, research activities are initiated. This then leads to new discussions and ideas within the IACs.
Each DLP consists of several WPs that are required to achieve the objectives set by the demonstrator of the DLP. Most of the WPs are also related scientifically to WPs in other DLPs or through other types of collaboration.
The tentative DLP programme is discussed with the participating companies and the programme is revised accordingly. The Board makes the final decision regarding resource allocation as well as prioritization among the different DLPs.