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PROMAN (Program Management and Scientific Networking)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Hans-Peter BungeBunge2RundeI

The South Atlantic is the type locality of a passive margin system. Advancing our understanding of this system - from its inception in the Mid Mesozoic to the present day - is the aim of the German Priority Research Program (SPP) 1375. Success of the program requires an intensive collaborative effort from a diverse group of scientists coming from a wide range of fields including geodynamics, seismology, sedimentology, petrology, oceanography and others. Effective scientific management of this effort is crucial. To this end a number of administrative tools are foreseen: the research projects will be organized into thematic domains. Cooperation within domains will be advanced by regular topical workshops. Exchange across domains will be ensured by yearly general program science meetings. In addition the program will gain broad international visibility through special sessions in the Geodynamics and Union sessions of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), as well as the American Geophysical Union (AGU). A particular management focus will be directed at networking among junor scientists to enable them to work effectively beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. Training of the young scientists will be supported by an array of mesures, in particular by summer schools. The management activities must be supported by a committed scientific manager who will work closely with the coordinators and the steering committee. The administrator will assume responsibility for a new internet platform for internal and external communication, exchange of data sets, model results, documentation and publications. The platform is based on a content management system, allowing autonomous user access and input according to rules for metadata structure. The site is maintained at the program coordination bureau.