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Organisational rules - DS

Art. 1 Each F.R.S.-FNRS doctoral school (ED) is placed under the responsibility of a Scientific Council. Members of the Scientific Councils are appointed by the F.R.S.-FNRS on the recommendation of the Rectors. They must be PhDs and permanently attached to a university in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB). Each institution authorized in the field as defined in the decree [1] must be represented by a member. The term of office for members of the Scientific Councils is five years, renewable once.

Art. 2 At the end of each term, the F.R.S.-FNRS Board of Directors, after consulting the Rectors, appoints the personalities who will make up the new Scientific Councils. The same procedure is followed if a vacancy arises.

Art. 3 The Scientific Council elects a Chairman from among its members and appoints a secretary.

Art. 4 The Scientific Advisory Board adopts its opinions according to the "consensus" procedure; if this procedure is unsuccessful, a vote is taken in which all members participate. In the event of a tie, the Chairman's vote is decisive.

Art. 5 The Scientific Advisory Board is responsible for :

  1. to welcome, coordinate and promote the thematic doctoral schools (EDTs) attached to the ED of this Scientific Council, and to carry out any mission entrusted to it by the F.R.S.-FNRS Doctoral School Commission,
  2. to advise the F.R.S.-FNRS Doctoral School Commission on projects for the creation of EDTs applying to be attached to the ED of this Scientific Council,
  3. carry out the activities of an EDT's Scientific Council in cases where there is a coincidence between the ED and the EDT,
  4. promote inter-university activities of interest to the greatest possible number of doctoral students in the field, thus ensuring international openness,
  5. to submit a detailed opinion to the F.R.S.-FNRS Doctoral School Commission, via the annual report [2], concerning the operation of the EDTs to which they are principally attached.

Art. 6 In order to carry out the tasks set out in Article 5, the Scientific Advisory Board meets according to a strategy to be defined (face-to-face meeting, remote meeting, e-mail exchange) to allocate the budget, prepare the ED's annual report [2], discuss any observations made by the main EDTs in the annual reports [2], and take note of any follow-up suggested by the F.R.S.-FNRS Doctoral School Commission in response to the analysis of the annual reports [2].

Art. 7 Each year, the F.R.S.-FNRS indicates to the Presidents of the doctoral schools the amount of funding they are entitled to receive for the management of their school; this funding must be earmarked for the training of doctoral students and/or the organization of activities related to doctoral training.
The budget allocated to an ED may be divided either solely between the EDTs that are principally attached to it, or between it and these EDTs, on the basis of a distribution key proposed by the Scientific Council in consultation with the EDTs concerned.

Art. 8 The heads of the EDs/EDTs must submit an annual report 2 to the F.R.S.-FNRS in accordance with practical procedures to be specified in due course.

[1] Decree of November 7, 2013 defining the landscape of higher education and the academic organization of Studies.
[2] And five-year reports where applicable


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