vi. Governance Model

The Governance of the e-MTA Campus is based on an administrative Consortium, which is the most appropriate formal tool for the kind of action planned for this institution. The C.C.8 actions: e-MTA Campus and PRES-PM Governance implies the pillar for implementation of the governance model and has been financed in the Reinforcement 2011 call.

We describe below the regulatory framework, the executive processes and the details about its organisation, as well as the PRES-PM’s governance, in which progress is being made due to the financing obtained in the Reinforcement 2010 and 2011 calls.

Regulatory framework

The Consortium concept

Administrative consortiums are instruments used for jointly exercising the powers of various public authorities in a coordinated manner, which need to be managed jointly for territorial, planning, social and economic reasons, etc. Through this instrument natural or legal persons link up for a certain period of time to share all the necessary and appropriate resources to promote or develop their members’ activity in order to improve or increase the results from this activity.

Object and purposes of the Consortium

The Consortium is a voluntary organisation. It is a public law institution, with its own legal status, and is governed by its by-laws supplemented by applicable legislation.

Object: its object is the coordinated actions by the Universities, the CSIC, ICRA and other institutions that in the future may become part of the campus.

Purposes: to carry out the actions included in the approved strategic planning, when joint action by the Universities in the Consortium and/or acting with other collaborating institutions is necessary or appropriate to achieve the Consortium’s aims.

The Consortium’s bodies

Merely grouping players together to create the Campus without orderly, active and coordinated work would lead to a lack of unity and a dispersion of efforts in the future. We propose setting up the following bodies of the Consortium, applying the model for the management bodies used by certain European clusters

The Consortium’s bodies are the Chairperson, the Management Board, the Advisory Board, the Project Management Office and the Manager:

  1. The Consortium’s Chairperson must be an expert with international prestige selected by means of a call. The Chairperson must have wide executive powers that enable speedy action and stable, guaranteed permanence during the project’s development.
  2. The Management Board is the project’s highest decision-making body and is composed of the Consortium’s Chairperson, the senior representatives of the Consortium’s four institutions and other representatives of associated bodies. Its duties will be to determine the general action lines, strategic planning and approving the institution’s budget.
  3. The Advisory Board is a technical advisory body, the duties of which are to advise the Management Board and the Chairperson. The Advisory Board will be composed of specialist professionals appointed by the Management Board and it will be chaired by the Consortium’s Chairperson. It will operate in accordance with the Management Board’s guidelines.
  4. The Project Management Office is the Consortium’s ordinary management body, which will have staff working full-time in order to perform the project. Its main duties are to link together the people and institutions associated with the Campus, serve as a point of entry for international players that are interested in the project, promote its image on an international level and implement its actions.
  5. The Manager will be those in charge of the Universities belonging to the Consortium, by annual rotation, starting with the oldest University and followed by the rest in the same order. This person will be responsible for its ordinary management and for enforcing the Board’s resolutions under the management of its Chairperson.

Executive Processes

On an executive level, project governance is divided into three levels:

  1. On a strategic level, by the Advisory Board
  2. On a tactical level, a Management Board
  3. On an operational level, by the Project Management Office

Project governance diagram

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board will be chaired by the chairperson of the e-MTA Campus Consortium and will be composed of international experts covering the specialisation lines that are the objective of the campus: Sustainable Tourism and Water, Physics, Computation and Applications and Diet and Health. The members initially proposed to form the Advisory Board are as follows:

  1. Nancy Bockstael: PhD in Economic Resources, University of Rhode Island; professor in the Agricultural Department at the University of Maryland since 1988; former chairperson of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (USA), member of the Economics Advisory Committee at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association; she has been awarded an honorary PhD by the UIB.
  2. Ángel Plastino: PhD in Physics, Tenured Professor at the National University of La Plata (UNLP), currently professor emeritus and senior researcher at CONICET; former rector of the UNLP (1986-1992) and Chairperson of the Scientific Research Committee of the province of Buenos Aires (1983-1987); founding director of La Plata Physics Institute (CONICET-UNLP) from 1998 to 2008; the most cited Argentine researcher in the decade 1997-2007; he has been a guest lecturer at various universities in Europe and the Americas.
  3. Gilbert Béréziat: PhD in Medicine, University of Paris; lecturer of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; former head of this specialised field at Sant Antoine hospital in Paris; chairperson of Paris VI University – Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) from 2001 to 2006; deputy chairperson of International Relations at the UPMC until June 2010 when he became advisor to the chairperson of Paris II University and chairperson of the Sorbonne University.
  4. Enrique Tortosa Martorell: PhD in Chemistry at the University of Valencia; he has developed his scientific career at the CSIC, where he has been the director of the Valencian Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, and the head of the CSIC in the Valencian Region. He was deputy chairperson of the CSIC, director of the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies, a member and advisor to the general secretary of the National R&D Plan, General Manager of R&D&I for the Balearic Islands Government and General Manager of the Spanish Oceanography Institute.
  5. Peter Vanrolleghem, bio-engineer, PhD, head of the ModelEAU research team. He has wide experience in modelling, monitoring and control of sewage treatment systems. His development of new sensors (respirometer, settlometer, titrimeter), optimal experimental design techniques and the comparative assessment of control strategies through simulations have been major scientific contributions, along with simulation models and methodologies (WEST, GRAN-ER). He has had more than 150 peer-reviewed articles published and is an active member of the IWA, the International Water Association.
  6. F. Mathias Bickelhaupt, Senior lecturer at Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), PhD in Mass Spectrometry from the University of Amsterdam. Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science at the Free University of Amsterdam. Director of such department’s Theoretical Chemistry Division and chairperson on its Education Committee. He is the Secretary of the board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), a member of the Physics and Chemistry Committee, the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) in Belgium, and a member of the editorial board of several international scientific journals. He is one of the authors of the ADF (Amsterdam Density Functional) code, one of the most widely-used molecular simulation systems. He has been awarded the Jonge Chemici and VICI prizes.
  7. Fernando Vera Rebollo, professor of Regional Geographic Analysis at the University of Alicante, director of the University Institute for Tourism Research. For more than twenty years, Fernando has lectured and conducted research in tourism analysis and planning. Director of the “Sustainable Tourism Management and Planning” research group. He works extensively in territorial and environmental analysis and planning. He has published numerous scientific papers about the subject. He has worked as a consultant on tourism development planning for the World Tourism Organisation and is the co-author of books such organisation has published for local managers.

The role of the Advisory Board is as follows:

  1. To exercise a general advisory role with regard to the rest of the project governance structure.
  2. To provide a profile for the strategic lines of the e-MTA Campus project
  3. To assess the interim results of the project
  4. To make recommendations on adjustments due to deviations or improvement actions

Management Board

The Management Board will be composed of the following

  1. The Chairperson of the Consortium
  2. The rector of the UIB
  3. The rector of the UdG
  4. The Chairperson of the CSIC
  5. The manager of the ICRA
  6. The Chairperson of the UIB Social Board
  7. The Chairperson of the UdG Social Board
  8. The deputy chairperson for Institutional Relations of the CSIC
  9. The rectors of the three other universities of the PRES-PM
  10. The chief executive officer of Universia

The Management Board will have a standing committee composed of the following

  1. The Chairperson of the Consortium
  2. The most senior representatives of the UIB, UdG, CSIC and ICRA

The Management Board will be the highest decision-making authority for the project and will be chaired by the Chairperson of the Consortium. The Secretary of the Board, elected by and among the members of the Board of Directros every two years, will be in charge of drawing up the agenda for the meetings, taking the relevant minutes and notifying the decisions adopted at the Management Board meetings on an operational level within the framework of the manager and the Project Management Office. The Management Board will take note of all the recommendations and reports issued by the Advisory Board to determine the working guidelines. Its main duties will be as follows:

  1. To set up a joint visualisation area for the Campus.
  2. To activate the Campus, promoting transversal projects, with the participación of the campus agents and players related to the subjects located in other surroundings.
  3. To promote the Campus on a nacional and internacional level.
  4. To directly or indirectly structure mecanisms for assessing the research conducted on Campus.
  5. To priortorise entrepreneurship projects in its field of action.
  6. To promote and reinforce the internacionalisation of the Campus, from a particpative standpoint (Campus), and by colaborating in internacionalisation of the individual players.
  1. To determine the current and future strategy of the Campus, once the recommendations of the Advisory Board have been analysed.

Project Management Office

The Project Management Office will be composed of the following:

  1. The Project Manager
  2. The rectors of the UIB and UdG
  3. The Chairperson of the CSIC
  4. The manager of the ICRA
  5. The heads of innovation and transfer at the UIB and UdG
  6. The heads of research at the UIB and UdG
  7. The heads of educational improvement and adaptation to the EHEA from both universities
  8. The heads of campus transformation
  9. The heads of the PRES-PM at each university
  10. The heads of new technologies from both universities
  11. The project technical managers
  12. The heads of financial management: two deputy managers, one from the UdG and the other from the UIB
  13. Two members of UIB management and service staff and two members of the management and service staff of the UdG for administrative support

The Project Management Office will handle the day-to-day work involved in the project and act as the coordination body. It will deal with the operational planning and monitoring deadlines, the progress in carrying out actions, accounting and financial control, drawing up technical and economic reports, contacts with the public authorities, determining the appraisal relationship with other campus or European and internacional networks, organising audits, monitoring the quality of results, controlling transfer and regularly reporting the project’s progress to the Management Board.

Organization of the e-MTA Campus Consortium

The Advisory Board will hold meetings once a year during the e-MTA Campus project. Conference calls will be held twice a year. These meetings will be the framework for discussions related to strategy adjustments, assessment of results and recommendations. The Advisory Board members will also be contacted individually regarding specific issues related to their field of experience.

The Management Board will normally hold a meeting once every six months and whenever considered necessary by its Chairperson. The link between the Advisory Board and the Management Board will be the Chairperson of the Consortium and between the latter and the Project Management Office, the most senior representatives of the four participating institutions.


The actions related to the participation are, in one way or another all included in this project. Specifically in the governance section, see C.C.8, e-MTA and PRES-PM Governance.

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