The overall coordinator and manager of the proposed network is Dr. Paolo Gamba at UNIPV, who will be assisted on a daily basis by the software design assistant coordinators, based at INPE and CNES. The co-ordinator will take responsibility for directing the flow of work and ensuring that all milestones and obligations to the Commission are met. The coordinator will be supported by the UNIPV International Relations Office (IRO), a professional unit dedicated to the management and administration of EU-funded projects. Its experienced staff has an excellent track record in supporting the University’s scientists in proposal submission. In this proposal, IRO will support the TOLOMEO consortium in the management of the project (administrative, financial and organizational aspects for the detached and incoming personnel) in close cooperation with the project coordinator. The assistant coordinators will help the coordinator by arranging meetings, monitoring the workflow and ensuring exchange of information between the members of the network. Both the overall coordinator and assistant co-ordinators will respond to a network supervisory board that will assess the progress of the project. The management board will consist of one senior representative of each organization in the network, and will meet via electronic or actual meetings every 6 months. Besides taking strategic decisions such as those addressed above, the management board will appoint a training program manager and an IPR manager. The training program manager will be in charge of coordinating (in close cooperation with the network coordinator and quality manager) the organizational aspects of training activities. The IPR manager will be responsible for making IPR-related provisions applicable to both contractors and researchers. On the contractors’ side, the IPR manager will promote agreements to regulate the terms of exercising joint ownership of the work leading to the knowledge, and will ensure that contractors consider the rights of their staff, which will be exercised in a manner compatible with their contractual obligations.

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