The role of the SPC is to:

1. Define the scientific needs of ERCOFTAC and advise the Managing Board on this.

    Based on the scientific needs of ERCOFTAC members (the needs of industrial members play an important role), the Committee proposes scientific problems for ERCOFTAC to solve and selects priority areas of research. The Committee also defines new research directions which hold particular promise for the more distant future.

2. Suggest scientific activities mainly in the priority areas chosen:

  • Formation of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in which ERCOFTAC members cooperate on a well defined area of research or area of application of research (e.g. turbomachinery)
  • Data base activities: collection and validation of data, generation of data banks, setting up of test cases for calculation procedures
  • Collaborative research projects (mainly to be associated with SIGs and funded by the CEC)
  • Workshops promoting the exchange of information
  • Summer schools providing advanced training and dissemination of results of the research activities

3. Manage and review the above activities thereby ensuring that they are of high standard and achieve results that are significant to ERCOFTAC members, in particular also to industry.

4. Promote CEC projects under the ERCOFTAC label: provide information on CEC programmes, bring together interested researchers, arrange coordination and help in the proposal stage.

5. Promote scientific cooperation with associated members, advise on scientific cooperation with other organisations and schemes, e.g. COST.

6. Ensure that the results of the activities are widely disseminated through the ERCOFTAC Bulletin and an ERCOFTAC publication series on workshops and summer schools.

Members of the SPC

Each Pilot Centre can have two representatives on the Committee, one from research and one from industry. Special Interest Groups have one representative on the SPC who can, however, be one of the representatives of a Pilot Center. The members of the SPC are expected to participate in the SPC meetings. One of the members is appointed as Chairman by the Managing Board.