About Eucentre

The Eucentre Foundation, European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering, based in Pavia (Italy), is a non-profit organisation that promotes, supports and sustains training and research in the field of seismic risk mitigation. The Eucentre was founded in 2003 by the following institutions: Italian National Department of Civil Protection, University of Pavia (Italy), Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Institute of Advanced Study (IUSS) of Pavia (Italy).

The core activities of the Foundation are: applied research in the field of earthquake engineering, with a view to improve existing practice in assessment and reduction of seismic vulnerability and risk; support work towards the development of guidance documents for both practitioners and governing bodies, bringing international state-of-the-art into Italian design codes and regulations; scientific and technological consultancy, at both national and international levels; training for practitioners and technicians.

Structure and Organization

Organization and structure
The organization and structure of the Eucentre is described in its statute: this page refers to that document and has the aim of completing and explaining some parts of it, giving also information regarding the evolution of the Foundation. As an integration to this document, during the year 2007, the President implemented an organization system that improves the management of the activities of the Eucentre and which will be described below. Since 2014 the Eucentre Foundation, as foreseen in Art. 6 of the abovementioned statute, foresees the establishment of the following government bodies:
- The Board of Directors;
- President;
- The Scientific Committee;
- The Board of Auditors.
The Board of Directors
The Administration of the Foundation is entrusted to a Board of Directors composed of five members who will remain in charge for five years. The Board of Directors decides on, amongst other things, the Economic and Financial situation, the triennial financial programmatic document, the foundation budgets and every issue that regards the implementation of the purposes of the Foundation, acts of ordinary and extraordinary administration, and all measures deemed necessary for the pursuit of the objectives of the Foundation itself. In the deliberations, in the case of equal votes, the prevailing party is the one which the President has voted.
The President
The President of the Eucentre Foundation is its legal representative, also in front of third parties and legal proceedings, he oversees its administrative and moral development, convenes and chairs the Board of Directors meetings and implements its deliberations. In an emergency, he takes the necessary decisions, with the approval of the Board of Directors. If necessary, the representation of the Foundation may be delegated by the Board of Directors to other members of the Board itself. The President leads the Centre exercising all powers not expressly provided by the statute to the Board of Directors, powers which he may delegate as fit for the achievement of social purposes and for the management of the Foundation, after having informed the Board of Directors. Among the main tasks of the President are the drafting of the proeconomic financial reporting, the budgets and the triennial financial planning document, the annual report on the developed activities as well as any internal regulation, which are submitted to the Board of Directors. He is also responsible for the implementation of the aims defined in the Foundation statute and decisions of the Board of Directors, he takes decisions about the use of the Foundation facilities and equipment, as well as the fares for third parties using these facilities.
The Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee is the most important organization body of reference for the Board of Directors, for what concern the strategic choices to be made for the pursuit of the Eucentre social aims. The Committee expresses itself on aspects related to scientific and educational activities, also regarding the establishment of research centers, Master and PhD courses in agreement with Italian and foreign Universities and in particular with the IUSS - Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia. The Committee is composed of fifteen members, including at least three foreign members and no more than five members from the University of Pavia or from the IUSS - Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia. The committee meets at least once a year, examines the periodic and final reports edited by the Manager of the TREES Lab and the Rector of the CAR College and makes suggestions and proposals to be submitted to the Board of Directors. Thirteen members of the Scientific Committee are appointed by the Board of Directors, taking into consideration the adequate representation of the different relevant disciplines to the activities of the Foundation. These members remain in office for five years and they can be confirmed. Two of these members are appointed by the Partners Committee, they remain in office for two years and they can be confirmed. The Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Directors participate at the Scientific Committee meetings.
The Partners Committee
In 2014 is established the Partners Committee consisted in public and private organizations and practitioners which share the objectives and purposes of the Eucentre Foundation and therefore agree to be bonded with it through a convention approved by the Board of Directors. The Partners Committee nominate two members of the Scientific Committee which represent it. The Partners Committee can give suggestion about the relationship between Eucentre and their partners, the courses for practitioners and about the research.
The Board of Auditors
The audit of the accounting and administrative management of the Foundation is carried out by a college composed of three members and chosen among the members of the Italian accounting auditors register. The auditors examine the budget plan, prepare a report on the accounting and administrative management, carry out counter verifications, verify the proper completion of accounting records, ensure the compliance of the Statute. The auditors may be present at the Board of Directors meetings. They remain in office for five years and they can be confirmed.
The organisation system for current activities
The document “Regulations for the operation of research and training activities of the Eucentre Foundation” describes the organization of the activities of the Foundation as foreseen in the Art. 14 of the statue. The main additional government bodies identified by this regulation are: - The Executive Direction; - The Coordination Committee. The Executive Direction collaborates directly with the President and is responsible for the management of the Foundation, starting with the support during the elaboration of proposals to the monitoring and evaluation steps. It supports the President in all marketing operations related to the Foundation. The Coordination Committee collaborates directly with the President and is also formed of the Heads of the Research Sections and Services. Through regular meetings, the Coordination Committee endorses the Foundation strategic lines, growth planning and interests, established by the Scientific Committee. Based on these principles it coordinates and monitors the Research and Training sections activities. The person responsible for the Public Relations or other delegates for specific subjects, chosen by the President, may also participate in Committee meetings. The activities of the research Sections include: - Coordination of research experimental activities and scientific technical; consultancy; - Coordination of projects and research and consultancy activities of the Foundation, in consultation with the Heads of the Research sections; - The space and equipment management of the Foundation. The activities of the Research Sections are divided into homogeneous structures of competence, to which each member of the research staff is associated. Within the Research Sections, a Coordinator is identified, who ensures the coordination of the section activities: he/she is responsible for the research projects and consultancy activities carried out in his/her field of competence and manages the available budget. The research section is responsible for matters of staff recruitment, training and individual career progression. The following research sections have been identified: - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering - Computational Mechanics - Structural Analysis - Design Methods - Reinforced Concrete Structures - Masonry Structures - Technological Innovation - Aerospace - Hazard and Risk Assessment - Risk Governance - Vulnerability and Territorial Management - Environmental Safety and Health - TREES Lab - Experimental Methods The activities of the TREES Lab and technical services and of the secretariat and administration of the Foundation, are transversal to the various research sections.
Executive and Administrative Management
The Operation Manager of the Eucentre Foundation is responsible for every activity related to the Foundation management. The Administrative Director coordinates the Administration and Secretariat sectors. The President can also delegate additional tasks to different managers, depending on the occurences.
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