DES Committees and Org Charts¶
The basic structure of the project is set by the Memorandum of Understanding for the Dark Energy Survey. The DES Organization Chart shows how these pieces fit together. The Management Committee oversees Collaboration Affairs, including the Publications Board, the Membership Committee, the Early Career Scientists Committee, the Speakers' Bureau, the Collaboration Meeting Steering Committee, and Education/Public Outreach. The Executive Committee oversees Operations, including Data Management, Observing Systems, Survey Strategy, Science Analysis Computing, DECam Operations for DES, and Calibrations. The Science Committee (SC) members are appointed by the Management Committee, and the SC Co-chairs also serve on the Executive Committee. The DES Project Director reports to both the DOE-NSF Joint Oversight Group (JOG) and the DES Directors' Council, which comprises the Directors of Fermilab, NOAO, and CTIO or their delegates.
- Management Committee (MC): represents the interests of the collaboration, decides on issues relating to the collaboration (e.g., new collaboration members, Builders), advises the DES Project Director. Each collaborating institution selects its institutional representative (one per institution, up to two per consortium). The DES Director serves as chair of the MC. The DES Operations Scientist, Project Scientist, Systems Scientist, DES Data Management Principal Investigator, and CTIO Director are ex-officio members of the MC (if they are not already institutional representatives). Meets monthly.
- Executive Committee (EXCOM): coordinates DES Operations, includes leads and coordinators for the different components of operations. Meets weekly.
- Science Committee (SC): according to the Science Committee Charter, the Science Committee has overall responsibility for ensuring that the scientific program of the DES is carried out effectively and for verifying that the DES science requirements are met. It plays an important role in the publication process, as laid out in the DES Publication Policy. The SC comprises a chair or co-chairs plus the co-coordinators of the Science Working Groups, which are the main vehicles for carrying out and coordinating DES science analysis and are open to all DES members and participants. Meets monthly.
- Membership Committee: according to the DES Membership Policy, the Membership Committee makes recommendations to the Management Committee on membership issues, including admission of new members, external collaborators, personal data rights, etc. Also carries out the biennial DES membership survey and maintains the list of DES members and participants.
- You can query the list of DES members and participants here
- Speaker's Bureau: according to the DES Publication Policy, the Speakers Bureau has the primary task of assigning speakers on DES for conferences, responding when someone within the collaboration wishes to give a DES presentation, proactively ensuring that DES is well represented at upcoming conferences, and responding to requests from conference organizers for DES speakers. In the course of doing so, they aim to achieve balance of exposure across the collaboration while giving those primarily responsible for work the opportunity to present it, and they also work to ensure that junior members of the collaboration are given opportunities to present.
- Publication Board: according to the Publication Policy, the Publication Board has the primary task of overseeing the publication process. For more information, see Publications Board wiki.
- Collaboration Meeting Steering Committee: recommends locations and dates for upcoming collaboration meetings and advises local organizers on agendas.
- Early Career Scientist Committee: considers issues affecting DES scientists early in their careers, particularly career advancement, training, etc. This MC-appointed committee comprises both junior and senior members of the collaboration and liaisons with the ECS Committee organized by DES Early Career Scientists. The link below is for the latter but includes the members of the former.
- Ombudspersons: serve as resources to collaboration members in the context of the DES policy statement on collaboration culture, ethics, inclusivity, and diversity.