On October the 30th 2018, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to EPOS. The ERIC legal framework provides EPOS with legal personality and capacity recognised in all EU Member States and with the flexibility to adapt to the specific requirements of each infrastructure.
Based in Italy, EPOS ERIC is currently joined by fourteen countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, and Switzerland participating as observer.
By linking up hundreds of individual research infrastructures located in the European countries, EPOS ERIC will provide open access to a large pool of solid Earth science integrated data, data products and facilities for researchers.
The EPOS ERIC legal seat is hosted in Rome, at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) headquarter. The ICS Central Hub (ICS-C) is hosted in the United Kingdom (BGS) and France (BRGM) with technical operational support from Denmark (GEUS).
The General Assembly (GA) of members is the governing body of the EPOS infrastructure. The GA is composed of representatives of the EPOS ERIC members, with voting rights and observers, with no voting rights.
The GA is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of EPOS ERIC. Its duties include:
- appointing the Executive Director and the members of the external advisory boards;
- adopting the implementing rules, the annual budget and the decisions on contributions;
- approving the admission of new Members/Observers;
- creating advisory bodies if deemed necessary;
- deciding on any other matters that are necessary to fulfil the task of EPOS ERIC.
Member Countries and Representative Entities
- Service public de programmation Politique scientifique (BELSPO) -Autorité fédérale
- Departement Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie (EWI) -Vlaamse overheid
- Service public de Wallonie -Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Economie, de l'Emploi & de la Recherche (DGO6) -Région wallonne
- Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DAFSHE)
- Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
- Bureau de Recherches GéologiquesetMinières(BRGM)
- National Observatory of Athens (NOA)
- Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO)
- Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
- Research Council of Norway (RCN)
- Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW)
- Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
- National Institute for Research and Development for Earth Physics (NIEP)
- Ministry of Education Science and Sport (MIZS)
- Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek(NWO)
- United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)
- Swiss Seismological Service (SED) / ETH Zurich
Lilli Freda is the EPOS ERIC Executive Director appointed on April 1st 2021.
The Executive Director is the legal representative of EPOS ERIC. Supported by the Executive Coordination Office (ECO), she is directly responsible to the General Assembly for all aspects of the EPOS activities, namely the day-to-day management of EPOS ERIC in accordance with the Statutes and the Implementing Rules.
Executive Coordination Office (ECO)
The ECO is composed by the Scientific Officer, the IT Officer, the Capacity Building Officer and the Administrative, Technical, Management & Operations and Communication Units.
The Headquarter of EPOS ERIC is located at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Rome, Italy).
Services Coordination Committee
The Services Coordination Committee, representing all EPOS RI Thematic Core Services (TCS) and the Integrated Core Services (ICS). It informs and assists the Executive Director in formulating and executing the EPOS Annual Work Plan by verifying the operational performances of the infrastructure.
The Service Coordination Committee fosters harmonization of data and metadata standards across the TCS optimizing the allocated resources for data archiving and service provision.
External advisory boards
The External advisory boards (Scientific Board and Ethics Board) are in charge of monitoring the quality of EPOS ERIC activities, providing external evaluations on activities development and results achievement.
Their evaluation reports and recommendations are annually discussed by the General Assembly.
ICS-Central hub Office
The ICS-C Office is a body in charge of the operational activities performed by the central hub of the integrated core services. This body acts under the coordination of the ECO and addressing the indications of the Service Coordination Committee.
The ICS-C is hosted in the United Kingdom (BGS) and France (BRGM) with technical operational support from Denmark (GEUS).