This project brings together 11 participants and is run as a series of five linked research Work Packages (WPs) and a project management package (WP 6). A WP Leader co-ordinates the specific activities of each WP. They are selected based on their expertise and research facilities. Most participants will contribute to more than one WP.
In close co-operation with the Co-ordinator (Dr Irina Udalova), Consortium Management will be the responsibility of Imperial Consultants, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial College London. Imperial Consultants is an organisation with long-term experience in managing complex international and inter-disciplinary projects, including several FP6 STREPS and IPs. Management of the consortium will be undertaken within work package WP6. The role of this package is to provide overall co-ordination and management of all project activities, including:
- Strategic planning
- Monitoring of progress of the work
- Quality assurance and control of project deliverables
- Trouble-shooting, problem avoidance and conflict resolution
- Financial and budgetary control
- Liaison with the European Commission
- Consistent and timely reporting
The management structure is summarised in the diagram on the right. As this shows, overall co-ordination and management of the project is provided by a Project Steering Group made of the Project Co-ordinator (Dr Irina Udalova, Imperial), Project Manager (Rachel Neal, Imperial Consultants) and Work Package Leaders. In addition an External Expert Panel (EEP), comprising representatives of high-level specialists and stakeholders, will provide advice on strategic issues, review the progress of the project, while technical teams will operate on an ad-hoc basis to bring together researchers at the task-level. Key roles in this structure are summarised below.