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Structure of the WPI


Currently, the WPI is an independent research training institute with the legal status of a nonprofit association.

Its governing body are its
"full members."
The full members elect a
board according to the Austrian law for associations.

According to the statutes the board nominates a director who runs the institute in the sense of a CEO.

The "chairman of the board" ("Obmann") is at the same time the president of the WPI.

The full members of the WPI are scientists in charge of large research projects of the caliber of a START or Wittgenstein award or as coordinator of an EU funded Research Training Network).

These projects have funding of the order of 1 Million Euro which may provide at least three externally funded positions (e.g. postdocs) per principal investigator for at least 3 years.

The WPI currently groups a total of about 80 international scientists in 16 such projects.

The WPI ultimately provides an effective research environment for the members and their research groups, including: office space, secretarial, managerial, and computer support. The WPI does not yet provide funding for long-term research positions, but should naturally evolve in this direction.

In its current starting phase, the WPI is already functional without "hard resources" on it's own. Offices, computers etc. are provided by each of the project groups on their own. However, the WPI already provides "soft resources" for its members, such as secretarial and project management support with experience in application and administration of large grants, especially for EU funded projects.)


Since 2004, the WPI implements also the "WPI Thematic programmes and Pauli fellows", a programme funded with 300 000 Euro by the bm:bwk (Austrian Ministry of Education, Culture and Science). Since 2006 the "Olga Taussky Pauli fellow" programme is added as a special programme for the promotion of women in natural sciences.

Since Mai 2004, the WPI also carries the Institut CNRS Pauli, a Unité Mixte Internationale (UMI 2842) of the CNRS, the 3rd one in Europe. It is an "interdisciplinary" UMI meaning that the CNRS departements in mathematics, computer science and physics are all represented. Up to 5 French researches can hence come and work at the WPI in Vienna, continuing to be paid in France. These researchers are allocated to the WPI groups in their field and are in general co-organizers of thematic programmes and/or Pauli fellows if they are more senior.





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