Management Structure

The management structure for ADVOCATE includes representatives from all partners and functions in the project. It will effectively manage resources between partners and activities within the programme of work to(i) ensure scientific and training objectives are met; (ii) monitor progress and ensure flexibility in the programme so that training needs are fulfilled; and (iii) consolidate effort across the programme to ensure the network achieves full potential.

The Network Coordinator chairs the Network Management Committee. They provide overall leadership and delegation of scientific and training delivery to project partners and work package leaders. The Network Coordinator also ensures effective communication between all parties involved in the programme regarding training activities, decisions, feedback and financial management.

The Scientific Coordinator oversees the scientific achievements of the network. They monitor scientific progress and outputs, considering the objectives of each work package, and ensure this remains aligned with the overall goal of the programme. They liaise closely with work package leadersand supervisory teams in the review of research progress made by the research fellows.

The Training Coordinator oversees the training provision and quality across the network. They ensure consistency in the training delivered by the project and that this remains aligned with the overall goal of the programme. This includes monitoring and integration of training provided by both the project partners and associated partners for the research fellows. They liaise closely with work package leaders, supervisory teams and associated partners in the review of training progress made by the research fellows.

The Knowledge Transfer Coordinator oversees the knowledge transfer activities and research dissemination strategy for the network. They ensure the effective communication of project outputs via the network website, publications in different media and network training events, and monitor research outputs and public outreach activities for the network. They liaise closely with CL:AIRE, the network knowledge transfer partner, to develop and manage effective knowledge transfer mechanisms which promote the network activities, work and achievements of the research fellows. This includes coordination with other science-based knowledge transfer networks and industry forums involved in sustainable remediation research and training, for the long-term development of the ADVOCATE network.

The Network Management Committee is chaired by the Network Coordinator. This Committee consists of representatives from all partners involved in scientific direction, research supervision and training delivery, with input from finance services, careers services and the European Commission, as necessary. It also includes representation from the team of research fellows within the project. The principal role of this Committee is to implement the project effectively and to monitor overall progress against the stated work plan, milestones and deliverables of the network. They are responsible for the coordination and successful delivery of the research and training provision within work packages and across the network. The Scientific Coordinator, Training Coordinator and Knowledge Transfer Coordinator maintain close communication within this Committee to ensure effective integration of these functions.

The Project Advisory Board is chaired by the Network Coordinator and includes the Associated Partners. This Committee is composed primarily of industrial and commercial organisations which represent stakeholder and end-user interests in the project. Their role is to provide project steering, periodic review of progress and independent advice on training needs and quality for the research fellows.

Each research fellow benefits from a supervisory team which consists of two academic supervisors. These are a primary supervisor who leads the work package hosting the fellow and a secondary supervisor from a complementary work package in the same or different organisation. Fellows also receive an industry supervisor when undertaking training at an Associated Partner within the network. This supervisory team is responsible for daily management of training, mentoring, research supervision and support during all formal, complementary and experiential training received by the research fellows.

The European Commission (EC) is represented by the Project Officers and their independent reviewers who will receive and evaluate outputs from the project, and provide critical feedback.


Associated Partners