The Principles of Membership in AERAP
AERAP provides a platform for consultation and voluntary coordinated action and will not entail membership in a legal entity. No binding conditions of any kind are incurred through membership.
- Members shall endeavour to participate in AERAP activities and contribute to AERAP objectives as they deem appropriate and in line with the AERAP Charter.
- AERAP membership is open to any organisation, including universities, industry and research agencies, who wish to associate their activities with the objectives outlined in the AERAP Charter.
- Membership is free of charge and participation in AERAP activities does not require any financial contribution from its members.
- Members’ individual costs associated with participation in AERAP are the responsibility of the individual members. General coordination costs, including with regard to hosting of events, will be borne by members and/or third parties on an ad hoc voluntary basis as appropriate.
Principles of Governance of AERAP
- Members shall adopt an annual work programme as the basis for AERAP activities
- The members can constitute a bureau to facilitate coordination between meetings. The founding members meeting will indicate specific terms of reference to the bureau if they deem appropriate.
- The AERAP Bureau will select a coordinator. The position as a bureau member shall not be subject to remuneration or to reimbursement of travel expenses.
- One member shall take on the duties of AERAP secretariat, on a voluntary and rotating basis, to assist the Bureau in its activities.
- On proposal of the members meeting, working groups could be established under the coordination of the bureau to explore issues deemed to be of particular importance to the objectives of AERAP.
- AERAP members can participate in one or several Working Groups. Each Working Group shall elect its Chairperson.
- Working groups shall prepare their own terms of reference for submission to the bureau
Opportunities offered by AERAP to its members shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Early information on the latest policy and other developments relevant to radio astronomy cooperation.
- Facilitation of privileged access to African and European policymakers.
- Inclusion in a networking forum bringing together key players from private, public and research sectors.
- Regular exchange of information and best practice among key private and public actors and potential research partners.
- Opportunities to contribute to radio astronomy cooperation agendas.
- Access to discussion of new technology cooperation and market opportunities.
- Access to expert advice on securing funding for radio astronomy cooperation.
For more information on the membership and how to become a member of AERAP, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or +32 2 8888 111
Please note that AERAP membership is free of charge.