by Panos Charitos. Published: 31 October 2014

The last ALICE Collaboration Board, on 3 October 2014, began with a discussion on the duration of mandates of elected members and people with important positions in the collaboration. Generally, the mandates last for three years and can be renewed once. It was proposed to create a model that would suit the future needs of ALICE by making the mandates shorter. This would encourage people to assume more responsibilities, as it is easier to be available for a shorter period of time, and consequently enlarge the group of potential candidates. A detailed proposal will be presented and discussed in the next CB in March.

In addition, 14 ALICE members were elected in management and coordination positions with an overwhelming majority. Rosario Nania from INFN, Bologna, and Ginez Martinez from SUBATECH, Nantes, were elected to the Management Board as members ad personam. Federico Antinori's (INFN, Padova) mandate as Physics coordinator was renewed for two years, while Evgeny Kryshen (CERN and St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina) succeeded Ken Oyama as Trigger coordinator. Zaida Conesa del Valle (Institut de Physique Nucleaire d'Orsay (IPNO), Orsay), David Chinellato (Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas), Gustavo Conesa Balbastre (Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie (LPSC), Grenoble), and Chiara Zampolli (INFN, Bologna) were elected conveners of PWG-HF, PWG-LF, PWG-GA, and PWG-PP respectively.

Then, two Conference Committee members were elected: Tom Dietel (UCT, Cape Town) and Nicole Bastid (Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire (LPC), Clermont-Ferrand), both for a two–year mandate. Finally, Rene Bellwied (University of Houston, Houston), Bedangadas Mohanty (National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar), Yvonne Pachmayer (Physikalisches Institut, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg, Heidelberg), and Raimond Snellings (Institute for Subatomic Physics, Utrecht University, Utrecht) were welcomed to the Editorial Board.

The CB unanimously approved the admission of five East Asian institutes to the Collaboration.  NiAS (Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science) from Japan and LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), which was previously an associate member, received full membership, with K. Oyama and S. Sumowidagdo as the respective team leaders. KMUTT (King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi), represented by Tiranee Achalaklul, and TMEC (Thai Microelectronics Center), represented by Wutthinan Jeamsaksiri, from Thailand, as well as the Korea University, with Hyeonjoong Cho as team leader, were approved for an associate membership.