ICOS operations are coordinated by ICOS ERIC, which is a specific legal entity for European Research Infrastructures created by the European Commission. ICOS ERIC is one of the 21 currently existing ERICs and it's head office is located in Helsinki, Finland.

ICOS ERIC consists of the Head Office, coordinating the research infrastructure's operations, and the Carbon Portal, collecting and distributing ICOS data and derived products, as well as of Director General, Research Infrastructure Committee, General Assembly, and Scientific and Ethical Advisory Boards.

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Director General

The Director General carries out the day-to-day management of ICOS ERIC and is responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the General Assembly. The Director General is responsible for managing the staff and activities of the Head Office and the Carbon Portal. The current Director General of ICOS ERIC is Dr Werner Kutsch.

Head Office

ICOS Head Office is the organisational hub of the entire ICOS research infrastructure. The Head Office enables a coherent function of ICOS throughout its highly distributed structure by managing, informing and representing the research infrastructure.

> Read more about Head Office

Carbon Portal

Carbon Portal acts as the platform for the observational data and elaborated data products of the ICOS research infrastructure. It is a ‘one-stop shop’ for all ICOS data products, a place where ICOS data, along with ancillary data, can be openly accessed by anyone. The Director of Carbon Portal is Alex Vermeulen.

> Learn more about Carbon Portal

Research Infrastructure Committee

The representatives of the Head Office, Carbon Portal, Central Facilities and Monitoring Station Assemblies form a high-level advisory body called the Research Infrastructure Committee (RI Committee), which advises the Director General and the General Assembly on scientific and organisational matters concerning the research infrastructure.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the governing and decision-making body of ICOS ERIC. It is composed of representatives of the Member and Observer countries of ICOS ERIC.

Scientific Advisory Board & Ethical Advisory Board

The General Assembly has established two external bodies to provide advice on scientific and ethical matters: the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Ethical Advisory Board (EAB).

The role of the SAB is to give feedback and make recommendations to develop ICOS research infrastructure's activities on the scientific level, to advise ICOS ERIC on objectives in achieving the scientific goals of the ICOS, to provide programmatic support by commenting at overall science plans and directions, and to analyse the scientific results and impact of the ICOS RI. The role of the EAB is to advise and periodically report on ethical issues, such as scientific ethics, data-related ethical issues, discrimination issues or any kind of conflict of interest.

Members of the ICOS General Assembly

Jean-Marie Flaud is the current Chair of the ICOS ERIC General Assembly.

Country Name Affiliation
Belgium Aline van der Werf  
Belgium Michele Oleo  
Czech Republic Helena Rimska  
Czech Republic Michal Marek  
Czech Republic Jiri Kolman  
Czech Republic Petr Ventluka  
Denmark Kim Pilegaard  
Denmark Stine Vad Bovtrup  
Denmark Troels Rasmussen  
Finland Ritva Dammert  
Finland Petteri Kauppinen  
Finland Hannele Korhonen  
Germany Christian Plass-Duelmer Deutscher Wetterdienst
Italy Antonio Bombelli Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC)
Italy Gelsomina Pappalardo National Research Council (CNR)
Italy Salvatore Larosa Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)
Norway Jon Børre Ørbæk Research Council of Norway
Sweden Sara Moa Swedish Research Council
Sweden Joanna Spangberg Swedish Research Council
Sweden Magnus Friberg Swedish Research Council
Switzerland Regine Röthlisberger Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC)
The Netherlands Bernard Westerop Dutch Research Council (NWO)
United Kindom Richard Sanders