Governed growth: the IB’s role

logos for NIU, KTH, UAM
The three new member institutions approved at the March 18 IB meeting
logos for NIU, KTH, UAM
The three new member institutions approved at the March 18 IB meeting

DUNE’s ambitious program requires a huge team. The growth that the collaboration has been experiencing since its inception a year ago is governed by a document that the DUNE Institutional Board (IB) maintains. The IB includes one member from each participating institution, large or small (except for Fermilab, which has two).

Individual IB representatives can request that students, postdocs, engineers and young faculty from their institutions be added to the collaboration. Updates of this kind are made almost every day. Senior faculty at a collaborating institution and new institutions, however, must apply to the IB for membership and the IB as a whole will consider the application.

At its phone meeting on 18 March, the IB considered and approved applications from three faculty at member institutions. It also welcomed three new institutions: Northern Illinois University in the U.S., the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

The IB will be performing an annual census to update the collaboration list, and just concluded the first one, which added 70 new members and removed 55 who have moved on in their careers.  As of this writing, DUNE comprises 846 members from 149 institutions in 28 countries; 82 of the institutions are outside of the U.S. A collaboration database with contact information is available to browse.

DUNE membership will certainly grow to well over 1000, presenting challenges for collaboration management and coordination(!) but also providing a tremendous opportunity to exploit the physics that DUNE will make possible.

–Maury Goodman, IB Chair

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