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Our authorities

The governance of the unit relies on three councils :

  • The Scientific steering council, composed of the unit head and deputy head, team leaders, the unit associate in charge of partnership, and that in charge of relations with VetAgro Sup. This council addresses all issues regarding the scientific strategy of the unit (e.g. response to calls for projects, prioritisation of projects, thesis proposals) and human resources (e.g. request for recruitments, training plans, proposals for staff promotion). Decisions are largely based on consensus. When no consensus can be reached (fortunately very rare), the heads of the unit proposes its own decision and shares it with the council. The council is in charge of the overall consistency of the unit’s activities (e.g. links between the scientific strategy and the staff training plan). It meets every 3 weeks for half a day.
  • The Operational committee, composed of the deputy head of the unit and composed of people in charge of coordinating collective activities within the unit (quality assurance, prevention, equipment acquisition or updates, work on our premises, strategy for IT equipment acquisition and maintenance or for administrative activities). This committee addresses issues regarding the practical functioning of the unit and is essential to coordinate the above mentioned activities. It meets every 4 weeks for half a day. The committee may propose a decision to be approved by the heads of the unit, or request that an issue is discussed and decided on by the Scientific steering council.
  • The Unit staff committee composed of representatives of each staff category of the unit (researchers, lecturers-professors, engineers, technicians, administrative staff, non-permanent staff), with about 1 representative for about 10 staff members. The members are elected with mandates for 4 years. The committee is consulted on all issues concerning the life of the unit: collective activities (quality assurance, prevention…), communication, human resources management (e.g. annual training plans), organisation of unit teams or governing structures, etc. Major scientific programs (such as the contribution to the CAP2025 initiative from the Clermont Auvergne site) are discussed.