A schematic of the management structure that will be implemented for TCSPower is shown in Figure B2.1. The key elements are the coordinator and the Management Committee that will be composed of one representative from each participant.
The Coordination task will be fulfilled by DLR being well experienced in the coordination of European projects and having the necessary administrative and legislative infrastructure. The coordinating person will be Antje Wörner, who has already experience in this job from other European projects. The coordinator constitutes the focal point of the project. Her main tasks include communication with the European Commission on any scientific, administrative and financial aspects as well as all communication within the consortium. She will monitor the scientific progress of the project and is responsible for all project results to be submitted to the Commission. The administrative and financial side of the project will also be governed by the coordinator.
The General Assembly (GA) being constituted of one representative of each participant and being chaired by the coordinator is the decision making instrument of the consortium. It will be responsible for all high level decisions in regard to scientific and financial aspects – such as changes in the work plan or budget. Also, it will draw decisions on any matters concerning the composition of the consortium. It will hold regular meetings every six months. If necessary, meetings of the GA can be called in to make decisions that are urgently necessary for the successful progress of the project.
All day-to-day business is done on work package level. Each work package is headed by a work package leader (WPL) who is responsible for the scientific progress and achievement of the technical targets having been specified. All work package leaders are members of the Management Support Team (MST), who will assist and facilitate work of the coordinator and the general assembly. The WPL is also in charge of the preparation of deliverables and the sections in the reports on his specific work package. He can schedule meetings on WP level and will be in close contact with the other WPLs to assure sufficient exchange of information.
Communication is a vital aspect in the management of the TCSPower project. The Coordinator will enhance exchange of information in all directions – vertical and horizontal – within the project. General Assemblies will be held every six months on a regular basis. They will be chaired and organized by the coordinator. These meetings will play a central role in monitoring of scientific progress, decision making and exchange of information. Specific WP related topics will be discussed at meetings on WP level. For exchange of project documents and related important information an external teamsite will be installed on the DLR server.