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cc: Val�rie Masson-Delmotte <>,,,, Rick Battarbee <>, joos <>, Eduardo Zorita <>, Gilles Ramstein <>,, Michael Diepenbroek <>, Rainer Zahn <>,,,,, Heather Binney <>, Tim Osborn <>, Johann Jungclaus <>,, Jochem Marotzke <>
date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 17:42:42 +0200
from: Jochem Marotzke <>
subject: IMPRINT Management
to: Eystein Jansen <>

Dear all,

Leaders and co-leaders of WP's would bring
the steering committee up to 13 members. I am afraid that
a steering committee of 13 puts us squarely between two stools
and fails to meet either of two crucial management requirements.
These are, first, an efficient group to actually manage the
project and, second, provide a representation of all players
in the fundamental decision making process. The medium-size
committee now proposed is too large to be efficient (I can
attest to that from my experience on the UK RAPID Steering
committee) but still disenfranchises a number (half?) of
the partners.

A model that would fulfill both purposes, inclusion
and efficiency, could consist of a two-layer structure with
a scientific steering group of all PI's (suitably defined),
which meets about annually (at project meetings?) and decides
over the the major strategic issues. In between, responsibility
is delegated to an Executive Committee, which should consist
only of the WP leaders (and 9 is already a large number for that,
but I see no way of reducing that number).

Would this work as a compromise?


Professor Jochem Marotzke
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Bundesstr. 53
D-20146 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 (0)40 41173 - 440
Tel.: +49 (0)40 41173 - 311 (secretary)
Fax: +49 (0)40 41173 - 366


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