TDCC-NES Governance

Page last updated: 22 March 2024

The TDCC NES Governing Board will serve the science and engineering research community by identifying the challenges that should be addressed via the TDCC NES, and ensuring that the TDCC NES activities, project funds, and community collaborations, are organised in the most effective way to address these challenges.

The governance framework is based on independence, representation, inclusiveness, participation, and accountability. It lays out how the community would like to structure and operate the governance of the TDCC NES, and therefore the roles and responsibilities. It is subject to review and may be updated as the TDCC NES network evolves. The latest version of the TDCC NES Governance Framework was issued in July 2023 with the call for nominations.

The Governing Board remains open to all key stakeholders. Get in touch if you would like to discuss how your organisation can be involved.

About the TDCC NES Governing Board

Organizational membership of the board

The TDCC NES Governing Board is open to all Dutch stakeholder organizations and meets 2 - 3 times a year.

By empowering the community to govern the TDCC NES, funding and activities can be directed and prioritised to address the most important common challenges, and the TDCC NES can be structured to best meet those needs. The Board is therefore responsible for creating the strategy, helping to build the Network, and evaluation of the TDCC NES.

Current institutional members (in alphabetical order) from November 2023:
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)
Eindhoven University of Technology
KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) 
Leiden University
Maastricht University
Netherlands eScience Center
Radboud University 
TU Delft 
University of Amsterdam 
University of Groningen 
University of Twente 
Utrecht University
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Wageningen University & Research

Governing Board members

Members of the Board represent their institution or organization at Governing Board meetings, give input to discussions on behalf of those organizations, and vote when necessary. Between meetings, they inform and update others within their own organization about the activities of the TDCC NES, and collect views and input for the agenda of Governing Board meetings or items on that agenda.

From L to R:
Yifat Dzigan (Netherlands eScience Center), Raisa Biega (University of Twente), David Groep (Nikhef), Sandor Schmikli (TU Eindhoven), Haili Hu (SURF), Reinder Radersma (NWO Institutes), Anthony Brown (Leiden University), Vera Sarkol (CWI), Andreas Franzke (Utrecht University), Alessandro Spinuso (KNMI), Filipe Teixeira (University of Amsterdam), Brett Olivier (Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam), Andrea Capiluppi (University of Groningen), Shauna Ni Fhlaithearta (Wageningen University), Joël Karel (Maastricht University), Madeleine de Smaele, (4TU.ResearchData).
Missing: Alastair Dunning (TU Delft), Inge Slouwerhof (Radboud University), Daniel Bangert (incoming replacement for 4TU.ResearchData).

Executive Team

The Executive Team meets monthly and advises the Staff Team on day-to-day running of the TDCC NES.

Members to November 2024:
Anthony Brown (Leiden University), Vera Sarkol (CWI), Alessandro Spinuso (KNMI).

Members to November 2025:
Yifat Dzigan (Netherlands eScience Center), Andreas Franzke (Utrecht University), Reinder Radersma (NWO Institutes)

Project Development Working Group

This working group will help guide the development of collaborative, non-competitive projects during 2024.

Members: Raisa Biega, Andrea Capiluppi, Yifat Dzigan, Joël Karel, Brett Olivier, Filipe Teixeira.

What the Governing Board is doing


Meetings and agenda of the TDCC NES Governing Board will be announced via the website events, and a summary of each meeting will be shared below.
Planned Governing Board meetings:
11 June 2024
01 October 2024

Previous meetings:
05 March 2024 and meeting summary
14 November 2023 and meeting summary

Action Plan

Read more about what we want to achieve during the initial two-year period (2022 to 2024) in our KPI overview.

The focus during these years is on establishing the foundations and community governance, and on community building through funded collaborative projects.

Subscribe to the TDCC NES newsletter to get a regular summary of progress, and keep an eye on our web pages for the latest news and events.

Key achievements during Year 1 (2022 - 2023)

You can read more details of these and other achievements in our first year progress report.

- A (joint) TDCC website and brand identity were established in 2022, and a TDCC NES blog and newsletter were launched during 2023.

- All key Local DCC stakeholders were visited and introductory presentations were made.

- The community approved the Governance Framework and a nomination call was issued culminating in the first TDCC NES Governing Board meeting in November 2023.

- Two bottleneck project proposals were recommended for funding by the Leads and submitted to NWO:
1. Best Practices for Sustainable Software
2. Financing Sustainable Research Software

- Five further bottleneck projects are in various stages of development and expected during 2024.

Contact the Governing Board

Anyone working at an organization that is a member of the TDCC NES Governing Board is encouraged to contact their representative in the first instance. 

Items can be proposed for the agenda of the Governing Board via the individual representatives, or by contacting the TDCC NES Staff Team. Urgent issues can be raised between Governing Board meetings with the Executive Team.

If you wish to know more, please address the TDCC NES Network Manager.