NFDI4Phys is a “living” organization. The Task Areas of NFDI4Phys cooperate closely with 9 Domains creating dynamic demand-oriented working groups at their intersection . The community of NFDI4Phys consisting of Domains, Task Areas as well as the Use Cases constitute the General Assembly electing the RDM Committee and Steering Committee. The onboarding of new Use Cases is overseen by the RDM committee on the basis of surveys conducted by task area Surveys in coordination with the respective domain lead. The Advisory Board of Experts advises the Steering Committee and the governance team. The task area Governance oversees all consortial activities and projects. Governance provides three essential pillars which are:

  • Administration of the consortium in order to be adaptive which entails representation, coordination, system integration, business management, and finances.
  • Monitoring success of our measures and help members to ensure high quality service and user
    satisfaction, as well as
  • Communications to engage with the public and interface with partners.


Speaker is responsible to the general assembly. He represents the consortium and provides leadership together with his governance team. The speaker reports to a steering committee which is the governing body of the consortium. The speaker collects yearly status and progress reports by our domains and ask areas to be assembled into the consortium yearly report received by the steering committee to be presented to the general assembly.

Governance team

  • Consortium Coordination The coordinator ensures that all human run processes within the consortium are synchronized and mutually synergistic.
  • Business Management The general manager ensures legal status of the consortium and is responsible for all communication within NFDI and with all our co-applicant institutions.
  • System Integration Our System Manager ensures seamless integration of all technical services across the consortium and is responsible for bundling services for our community and the general public.
  • Finances Our finance officer assists the administration of University of Bremen with handling our contracts and finances.

Steering committee

Steering committee is elected by the general assembly and consists of the speaker as well as three task areas and three domain leaders. The steering committee reports to the general assembly of the consortium. The steering committee meets at least once every three months.

General assembly

General Assembly consists of all members. Each co-applicant can cast one vote, participants take part as guests. The general assembly meets at least once per year or when necessary. The general assembly gives the consortium more complete by-laws as suggested by the steering committee.

Advisory board

Advisory board is a body of scholars external to the consortium who oversee the general activities and advise the speaker and the steering committee. It is headed by the DPG Presidential Advisor.


Monitoring collects and evaluates measures and deliverables. We address concerns about potential workflow problems which may affect the quality of our services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our members and to solve problematic issues. Monitoring is an independent body, responsible only to the general assembly.


Communications reaches out to the public via media and interacts with the press, publishers, and other external partners.

RDM Commitee

The particular user and our domains and task areas work together to discuss and define the individual work packages for a new use case. Responsibility rests with a RDM committee and the specific domain leader who acts as head of a community welcoming team. He picks one of our ask area leads for each newly acquired user case. Both define workflow according to specific needs in exchange with all ask areas. The resulting work package is reviewed by a RDM committee to be specified by our by-laws.