by Iva Raynova. Published: 31 January 2016

During the last Collaboration board, which took place on the 18 December, the proposal to change the duration of the mandates of elected members of the collaboration was accepted. The mandates of the Spokesperson, the Chair of the Collaboration board and all coordinators (except the Offline, Technical and Finance coordinators), are now going to last for three years and will be non-renewable.

The Chairpersons of the Editorial board, in agreement with the Physics board, proposed some amendments in the current publication policy. Since this proposal provoked a lot of discussion and due to the fact that a change in the constitution would be required, it was decided that the amendments would be voted at a later stage.

Yves Schutz presented the search committee for the next spokesperson election. The committee has the goal to make a list with potential candidates and to present it four weeks before the election, which will take place at the Collaboration board during the ALICE Week in April.

A change in the run coordination management structure was proposed by Federico Ronchetti. He suggested the addition of a deputy run coordinator with a mandate of one year. From now on the functions of the period run coordinators will be performed by run managers, who will change every two weeks. These changes were accepted. In addition, the new run coordinator – Siegfried Foertsch – and the deputy run coordinator – Grazia Luparello – were endorsed.

The Conference Committee Chair proposed the addition of a deputy CC Chair and Boris Hippolyte was endorsed for the position. Three new Editorial board members were endorsed: Ralf Averbeck, Andre Mischke and Chiara Oppedisano, as well as the new physics working groups convenors: Anthony Timmins (PWG-CF), Thomas Peitzmann (PWG-GA) and Francesca Bellini (PWG-LF).

Four new institutes were welcomed to the collaboration as new members. These are the National Nuclear Research Centre of the Republic of Azerbaijan, INFN Pavia and associated Universities of Pavia and Brescia, the University of Bonn and the Politecnico of Turin. A request to become a new member was made by the Federal University of ABC, Brazil.

The Universidad Industrial de Santander and the Electrical Engineering School, both in Colombia, as well as the Hubei University of Technology (HBUT), China, were accepted by the collaboration as new associate members.

At the end of the Collaboration board Benjamin Andreas Hess presented the Juniors’ report.