Composed of all members of the Collaborative Research Centre, the General Assembly takes decisions concerning membership, bylaws, overall budget, and distribution rules for common SFB resources. It also elects the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, and additional members of the Board. Through the election of Board, the General Assembly delegates several tasks directly to the Board, for instance the conceptualization and coordination of the centre’s scientific programme; the preparation of applications for further funding, including the decision about renewed/newly developed/revised projects; financial steering measures; and the planning and organization of workshops, conferences, colloquia, and other events.
The Board – the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, and the members elected by the General Assembly – governs the Collaborative Research Centre’s scientific programme. The Board administers budgets, oversees the employment of researchers, communicates with the management and rectorate of the university, conceptualizes the training of PhD students and further training of researchers, and manages the implementation of equal opportunity measures. The Board is elected for a period of four years.
The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker head the central coordination project and publicly represent the Collaborative Research Centre. They call Board meetings, General Assemblies, and other meetings required to facilitate the proper working of the centre.
The bylaws of the Collaborative Research Centre are part of the funding application and made accessible to every member of the centre.