The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 635–666 | Cite as

Big science and big administration

Confronting the governance, financial and legal challenges of FuturICT
  • J. Smart
  • M. Scott
  • J. B. McCarthy
  • K. T. Tan
  • P. Argyrakis
  • S. Bishop
  • R. Conte
  • S. Havlin
  • M. San Miguel
  • D. Stauffacher
Regular Article


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.

Graphical abstract


Large Hadron Collider European Physical Journal Special Topic Governance Structure Complex World Executive Board 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    APM, APM Body of Knowledge ( 12 July 2012)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    A. Autio, A.-P. Hameri, O. Vuola, Research Policy 33, 107 (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    C. Barclay, K.-M. Osei-Bryson, Proj. Manag. J. 40, 74 (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    S. Buckingham Shum, K. Aberer, A. Schmidt, S. Bishop, P. Lukowicz, S. Anderson, Y. Charlabidis, J. Domingue, S. de Freitas, I. Dunwell, B. Edmonds, F. Grey, M. Haklay, M. Jelasity, A. Karpistsenko, J. Kohlhammer, J. lewis, J. Pitt, R. Sumner, D. Helbing, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 109 (2012)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    S, Cincotti, D. Sornette, P. Treleaven, S. Battiston, G. Caldarelli, C. Hommes, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 361 (2012)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    D.I. Cleland, H. Kerzner, A Project Management Dictionary of Terms (Van Nostrand Reinhold. New York, 1985)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    D. Cooper, S. Grey, G. Raymond, P. Walker, Project Risk Management Guidelines (Chichester, Wiley, 2005)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    B. Flyvbjerg, N. Bruzelius, W. Rothengatter, Megaprojects and risk: An anatomy of ambition (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    F. Gianotti, D. Pedreschi, A. Pentland, P. Lukowicz, D. Kossmann, J. Crowley, D. Helbing, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 49 (2012)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    D. Helbing, S. Balietti, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 195, 101 (2011)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    D. Helbing, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 41 (2012)ADSGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    W.H. Lambright, The Challenge of Coordinating Big Science Internal Report, IBM Centre For Business Government (2003)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    OGC, MSP2 Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 (London, The Stationery Office, 2007)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    OGC, Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (London, The Stationery Office, 2008), p. 5Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    M. Paolucci, D. Kossman, R. Conte, P. Lukowicz, P. Argyrakis, A. Blandford, G. Bonelli, S. Anderson, S. de Freitas, B. Edmonds, N. Gilbert, M. Gross, J. Kohlhammer, P. Koumoutsakos, A. Krause, F. Lemke, B.-O. Linner, P. Slusallek, O. Sorkine, R.W. Sumner, D. Helbing, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 77 (2012)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    J.R. Turner, The Handbook of Project Based Management: Improving Processes for Achieving your Strategic Objectives (New York, McGraw Hill, 1992)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    J. Van Den Hoven, D. Helbing, D. Pedreschi, J. Domingo-Ferrer, F. Gianotti, M. Jirotka, M. Christen, EPJ (2012) (submitted)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    F. Van Harmelen, G. Kampis, K. Börner, P. van den Besselaar, E. Schultes, C. Goble, P. Groth, B. Mons, S. Anderson, S. Decker, C. Hayes, T. Buecheler, D. Helbing, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 183 (2012)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    A. Vespignani, et al., Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 214, 347 (2012)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    D. Watts, Everything is obvious, once you know the answer (London, Atlantic Books, 2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© EDP Sciences and Springer 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Smart
    • 1
  • M. Scott
    • 2
  • J. B. McCarthy
    • 3
  • K. T. Tan
    • 3
  • P. Argyrakis
    • 4
  • S. Bishop
    • 2
  • R. Conte
    • 5
  • S. Havlin
    • 6
  • M. San Miguel
    • 7
  • D. Stauffacher
    • 8
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.University College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.University CollegeCorkIreland
  4. 4.University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  5. 5.ISTC-CNRRomeItaly
  6. 6.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael
  7. 7.IFISC (CSIC-UIB), Campus Universitat Illes BalearsMallorcaSpain
  8. 8.ICT4PeaceZurichSwitzerland

Personalised recommendations