DUNE’s management structure moving forward

DUNE co-spokesperson Mark Thomson in Fermilab's ROC West control room
Mark Thomson

DUNE, now in its third year, has progressed incredibly rapidly since its inception.

During the first year, we focused on the conceptual design report and preparations for the U.S. DOE CD-1-R and CD-3a reviews. In the second year, the focus shifted to the preparations for the construction of the ProtoDUNE detectors at CERN. Currently, in parallel with ProtoDUNE construction, we are establishing the international consortia of institutions that will take responsibility for the far detector Technical Design Report (TDR) and the subsequent construction. The organization of the DUNE collaboration has had to evolve to reflect the changing nature of the main aims of the collaboration.

We are putting in place the management structures that will take us to the delivery of the TDR in 2019 and beyond. Of particular note is the move from working groups to consortia of institutions that will take responsibility for the construction of the different elements of the far detector. The consortium model mirrors the sub-detector groups in the large collider collaborations, such as ATLAS and CMS.

The consortia and the updated overall organization of the collaboration is described in the DUNE Management Plan (2145 in the DUNE DocDB). Although perhaps not the most exciting read, it is an important document that aims to clearly and transparently explain the roles and responsibilities within the management structure. The document also lists the current holder of each role and the terms of the appointments.

We will endeavor to keep the DUNE Management Plan up to date. It should be the first port of call for questions about the organization of DUNE.