Aeneas organisation

AENEAS organisation

The General Assembly consists of all members of the Association. Meetings of the Assembly are convened by the President on behalf of the Supervisory Board to address and vote on the following matters:

  • Approval of annual activity and financial reports;
  • Review and discharge from liability of the Supervisory Board related to the performance of their management tasks in the preceding financial year;
  • Filling of vacancies within the Supervisory Board;
  • Setting the contributions;
  • Resolutions proposed by the Supervisory Board, which have been announced in the notice convening the meeting.

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The Association has three categories of Active members (Organisations conducting R&D&I activities in the field on micro and nanoelectronic enabled components and systems):

Chamber A: Companies of micro, small or medium size as defined in recommendation 2003/361/EC of the European Commission dated May 6th 2003.

Chamber B: Nationally recognised universities or research institutes with a non-profit objective.

Chamber C: Large companies that do not belong to the category defined in Chamber A.

Associate Members : natural persons who are active in the Field, or organisations maintaining an organisation of enterprises and/or nationally recognised universities and/or research institutes with a non-profit objective active in the Field, not being a Group as defined in article 5 paragraph 3 of the AENEAS Articles of Association.

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The Supervisory Board has 20 members who hold senior executive level management positions within their own organisations. Collectively, the Board members form a high- level representation from across the European electronics value chain. The General Assembly is responsible for appointing Members of the Board and ensuring the following distribution:

  • 4 persons from SMEs;
  • 4 persons from a University or Research Institute;
  • 12 persons from a corporate company.

The Supervisory Board conducts the administration and management of the Association and is accordingly vested with the broadest powers of management, except for those remitted by law or by the Articles of Association to the authority of the General Assembly.

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AENEAS Articles of Association

The PENTA Director is appointed by the AENEAS President, after consultation with the AENEAS Supervisory Board. The Director is responsible for the execution of the day-to-day affairs of the Cluster. 

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AENEAS Internal Regulations 
Meet the team 
PENTA website

Members of the Management Committee have a broad experience in managing collaborative international R&D&I programmes. They are appointed by the Supervisory Board to advise them on all relevant matters related to the tasks of the Supervisory Board as defined in the Articles of Association and the Internal Regulations.
The Management Committee has the delegated responsibilities from the Supervisory Board to:

Prepare, review, monitor and update the Association’s Strategic Agenda;
Install and guide an SME Engagement Council for guidance on all matters related to SME participation in programmes and projects relevant to the Association;
Install and guide a Scientific Council to advise on all matters related to science and medium- to long-term developments in programmes and projects relevant to the Association.

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AENEAS Articles of Association
AENEAS Internal Regulations

The AENEAS Director General is appointed by the President of the Association, after consultation with the Supervisory Board. The Director General is responsible for the execution of the day-to-day affairs of the Association. 

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AENEAS Internal Regulations 
Meet the team

The Private Members Board (PMB) is composed of representatives of the private members of the ECSEL JU (AENEAS, Inside and EPoSS Industry Associations), each one appointing a lead delegate. 
The lead delegate from AENEAS in the PMB is currently the Director General of the Association. 
The PMB draws up and regularly updates the Multi-Annual Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (MASRIA) and the annual Research and Innovation Activities Plan (RIAP) from which the Executive Director of ECSEL may make the MASP and Work Plan for the ECSEL JU Calls. 
The PMB members represent the community of RD&I actors in the ECSEL JU programme, and organise supporting activities and events including an annual Stakeholder Forum. 

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ECSEL website

The PENTA programme is based on close cooperation between the PENTA Director, the AENEAS Management Committee (MC) and the Public Authorities participating in PENTA. The PENTA Public Authorities (PPA) form the body that represents Public Authorities in all operational aspects of the programme. 

Comprised of Public Authority representatives who have (future) PENTA participants in their respective countries, along with additional members who have a potential interest in supporting PENTA, the PPA meets 4-5 times/year. Their role, in partnership with the AENEAS Management Committee, is to help plan all aspects of PENTA call management and to take part in the labelling process and quality control of PENTA projects. Labels are awarded by the Management Committee based on a consensus between the MC and PPA. 
The PPA reports to a Country Directors Board, who aligns annually with the AENEAS Supervisory Board on strategic aspects of the PENTA programme. 

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PENTA website (PPA contact list)

AENEAS is active in EUREKA through its management responsibilities in PENTA. The PENTA Director works with other Clusters, the EUREKA Chair and the EUREKA Secreteriat to position PENTA correctly in the funding landscape. For 2018/2019, PENTA Director is the InterCluster Spokesperson, bringing together the Clusters to exchange information and ensure they are fit for purpose for the industries they serve, and representing them in EUREKA management meetings.

The ECSEL Governing Board (GB) brings together the Private sector (representatives of the Private Members Board) and the Public sector (representatives of the ECSEL Participating States and the European Commission). It has overall responsibility for the strategic orientation and the operations of the ECSEL JU and supervises the implementation of its activities.

The Governing Board elects a chairperson and two vice-chairs.

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ECSEL JU website

Members of the Technical Expert Group (TEG) are experts in the field of micro and nanoelectronic enabled components and systems and active in international collaborative R&D&I programmes. Collectively, they form an appropriate representation of the European electronics value chain and of the countries participating in the ECSEL JU and/or supporting the PENTA Programme. 

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AENEAS Internal Regulations

AENEAS is committed to helping the creation of multinational consortia, with the intent of strengthening Europe’s position along the Electronics Value Chain. This requires the combination of innovation and ideas from academia and the SME sector allied, where appropriate, with larger companies. To help make this happen AENEAS has the role of making sure that the programmes it supports or manages must be accessible to the broadest possible network of technology companies and institutes across Europe – especially SMEs. 

As this involves many hundreds of organisations of all sizes, this can only be done by effectively partnering with existing organisations and infrastructures that have close links with the European technology community. Often referred to as regional “Ecosystems”, these organisations come in many different types: technology clusters, industry associations, business incubators, innovation centres etc. 

AENEAS intends to bring representatives of these groups together into an SME Engagement Council (SEC), a mostly virtual structure comprised of organisations that work with and represent SMEs and other similar organisations across Europe. Members of the Council will be provided with key information and mentored access to the PENTA and ECSEL programmes, including an an online collaboration tool (ECS Collaboration Tool), giving the ecosystems additional tools and information that will allow them to support their community in relation to partnering in international cooperation and accessing an additional source of public funding. Input will also be encouraged from Council members to provide feedback to AENEAS to ensure a continuous process of programme improvements. The SEC will also have access to other AENEAS groups, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) and the Scientific Council (SC) where mutually beneficial information exchange is required. 

It is intended that the SEC is open to all organisations that represent technology organisations dealing with micro- and nano-electronics enabled components and systems across Europe. 

Anyone interested in participating in the SEC programme should contact Patrick Cogez, AENEAS Technical Programme Manager. 

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Ecosystems in the AENEAS SME Engagement Council

The Scientific Council is composed of researchers, scientists and academia. Its mission is to establish, strengthen and optimise interactions and co-operation between Europe’s scientific community and industry involved in micro and nanoelectronics based components and systems.

The SRIA (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda) working group is gathering volunteering members of the AENEAS Management Committee (MC), or their representatives, and AENEAS representatives in the SRIA Core Team. This working group ensures that the strategic inputs of the MC are taken onboard whenever the AENEAS representatives in the SRIA core team meet with their counterparts from the other associations.

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ECS-SRIA – Latest version

The Office is located at 44 rue Cambronne in Paris. It is managed by the Director General to assist the Supervisory Board, the General Assembly, the Chambers, and all executive bodies, in their respective tasks in the coordination, administration and organisation of the Association, as defined in the Articles of Association and the Internal Regulations. 

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