The CTA Observatory gGmbH (CTAO gGmbH) is the legal entity for CTA in the preparation of the implementation of the CTA Observatory. The CTAO gGmbH works in close cooperation with the CTA Consortium, which is responsible for directing the science goals of the Observatory and is involved in the array design and supplying components (as in-kind contributions). The CTAO is governed by the CTA Council, composed of shareholders from 11 countries and associate members from two countries:
The shareholders and associate members of the CTAO gGmbH
|Shareholder Country||Shareholder||Delegates||Entrance Year|
|Australia||Australia Astronomy Limited||Mita Brierley, Gavin Rowell||2018|
|Austria||Leopold Franzens Universität||Olaf Reimer||2016|
|Czech Republic||Institute of Physics of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic||Petr Travnick, Marek Vyšinka||2015|
|France||Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)||Berrie Giebels, Guy Perrin||2016|
|France||Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)||Pascal Debu||2016|
|Germany||Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)||Christian Stegmann||2014|
|Germany||Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG)||Corinna Minderop||2016|
|Italy||Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)||Filippo Maria Zerbi||2014|
|Italy||Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)||Antonio Masiero||2017|
|Japan||University of Tokyo||Masahiro Teshima||2015|
|Slovenia||University of Nova Gorica||Danilo Zavrtanik||2018|
|Spain||Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)||Inma Figueroa, Rafael Rebolo||2015|
|Switzerland||Universität Zürich||Florencia Canelli, Xavier Reymond||2014|
|United Kingdom||UK Research and Innovation – The Science and Technology Facilities Council||Grahame Blair, Justin O’Byrne||2015|
|Associate Member Country||Associate Member||Delegates||Entrance Year|
|Netherlands||Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)||Saskia Matheussen, Jacco Vink||2015|
|South Africa||National Research Foundation||Markus Böttcher||2015|
The statutes of the CTAO gGmbH: Articles of Association
Administrative and Finance Committee (AFC)
Purpose: To advise the Council on matters of administrative and legal issues of financial management.
Chair: Dirk Steinbach
Vice Chair: James Botha
In-Kind Review Committee (IKRC)
Purpose: To assess the process of calls for in-kind contributions to the CTA Observatory, evaluate proposals received, provide recommendations on the selection of the proposals to the Council and to advise on the contracting and reviewing process of in-kind contributions.
Chair: Richard Schilizzi
Vice Chair: Christian Fabjan
Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)
Purpose: To monitor and evaluate the scientific goals and overall layout of CTA, including its technical design. To assess the costs of construction and operation of the facility.
Chair: Roger Blandford
CTA Council Meetings
The CTA Council meets on a regular basis but at least once per year. The meetings are not open to the public and are attended by shareholder delegates and their experts, associate member delegates, CTA spokesperson(s), the chair of the Consortium Board and the Managing Director assisted by the Technical Director/Project Manager, the Scientific Director/Project Scientist and additional members of the company at the Chair’s discretion. Other persons whose presence may be required (e.g. external auditors) may be invited by the Chair with the Council’s approval.
16th Council Meeting
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