EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.


Governance structure and Management procedures

Management structure

Management structure

The AtlantOS governance structure is designed to allow fast flow of information between the partners, the stakeholders and the European Commission. It has four different levels i) daily project management (blue), ii) executive (light blue), iii) decision making (red) and, iv) advisory level (green) with specific roles.

Daily project management: The Project Coordination Unit (CPU) at GEOMAR will be in charge of the management of the project. The team includes the coordinator (Prof. Martin Visbeck), his deputy (Johannes Karstensen), the project manager (Anja Reitz) and an administrative assistant (Anja Wenzel). The work package leaders and co-leaders are in charge of the scientific management of the work on work package level. Each work package has several tasks which are led by the task leaders, they are in charge of the progress of the task and if required interaction with related task leaders / work package leaders.

Executive level: The Executive Board (EB) is the supervisory body of the execution of the project. It reports to and proposes decisions to the General Assembly and is responsible for their execution. The board comprised of the coordinator and six members, mainly of the Steering Committee: Kate Larkin, Sabrina Speich, Isabel Sousa Pinto, Matthew Mowlem, Albert Fischer, Pierre Yves Le Traon.

The coordinator Martin Visbeck and his deputy Johannes Karstensen have the responsibility of the overall scientific coordination of the project and function together with the manager Anja Reitz as liaise with the European Commission on behalf of the consortium.

Decision making level: The General Assembly (GA) is the ultimate decision-making body of the consortium. It is responsible for taking key decisions for the project as a whole based on proposals of the EB. It is comprised of one representative of each project partner and is chaired by the coordinator.

Advisory level: AtlantOS has internal and external advisory boards. The internal boards are comprised of members of the consortium and the external boards are comprised of external experts and members of the stakeholder communities. They directly advise the EB and indirectly the GA on their specific matters of competence. 

The (internal) Steering Committee (SC) is comprised of all work package and co-leaders and chaired by the coordinator. It makes propositions for the proper implementation of the project to the EB. The (internal/external) Gender and Diversity Committee (GDC) raises gender and diversity awareness within the consortium. It will develop a Gender and Diversity Action Plan and gives advice to the EB on its implementation. The board comprised of Nadia Pinardi, Albert Fischer, Sandy Thomala, Janice Trotte. The (external) International Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (ISTAB) will evaluate and advise on the project’s scientific approach and orientation. It will further ensure that the project is properly linked to other programmes. The board is comprised of selected key international experts with a scientific high-profile. The (external) Engagement Board (ENB) engages industry, government and other relevant stakeholders at a high, strategic level advising on future actions to be implemented by the observatories community. The role of the board is to support the project in gaining new ideas on how to efficiently engage with stakeholders, attract more users, identify ways to improve usage of data and information from society to science and vice versa, and advise on innovation management issues.