The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 635–666

Big science and big administration

Confronting the governance, financial and legal challenges of FuturICT


    • University of Oxford
  • M. Scott
    • University College London
  • J. B. McCarthy
    • University College
  • K. T. Tan
    • University College
  • P. Argyrakis
    • University of Thessaloniki
  • S. Bishop
    • University College London
  • R. Conte
    • ISTC-CNR
  • S. Havlin
    • Bar-Ilan University
  • M. San Miguel
    • IFISC (CSIC-UIB), Campus Universitat Illes Balears
  • D. Stauffacher
    • ICT4Peace
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01708-x

Cite this article as:
Smart, J., Scott, M., McCarthy, J.B. et al. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2012) 214: 635. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2012-01708-x


This paper considers the issues around managing large scientific projects, and draws conclusions for the governance and management of FuturICT, based on previous experience of Big Science projects, such as CERN and ATLAS. We also consider the legal and ethical issues of the FuturICT project as the funding instrument moves from the Seventh Framework Programme to Horizon 2020.

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