EGO Directorate team

EGO director is appointed by the EGO Council and is the legal representative and chief executive of EGO. The directorate team of EGO is composed by the director, the administrative deputy director, the technical deputy director and the assistant to the director. Attached to the direction are: Safety and security, commmunication and outreach, european projects and the data science office.

    EGO Council

    EGO Council is the governing body, composed of members nominated by the funding institutions. EGO is established under the Italian law. The Council is the decision-making body of the EGO consortium. The Director of EGO is responsible to carry on and execute the Council decisions. They operate according to EGO statute. The Council meets twice a year, EGO directorate team participates in these meetings but has no right to vote, invited persons may participate for discussing specific items of the agenda. The EGO director assistant helps the Council in organizing its meetings.

    To access the EGO Council reserved area click here and here.

    At present the Council is composed as follows:

    For INFN
    Marco Pallavicini, Vice-President
    Marco Grassi
    Oliviero Cremonesi

    For CNRS
    Vincent Poireau, President
    Susanna Vergani
    Saïda Guellati-Khelifa

    For Nikhef
    Stan Bentvelsen
    Rosemarie Aben


    As council advisor 
    Veronica Buccheri

    Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee

    According to the dispositions of the Statute of the EGO Consortium, the EGO Council sets up a Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). The role of the STAC is to advise the EGO Council. For more details on the STAC duties, consult the Terms of reference of the STAC.

    The present composition of the STAC is the following: Peter Wolf, Chairman (Observatoire de Paris), Maarten de Jong (Nikhef), Simone Biagi (LNS/INFN), Miles Lindsey Clark (IN2P3/CNRS), Manuel Delfino (IFAE), Rita Dolesi (University of Trento), Sera Markoff (University of Amsterdam), Deirdre Shoemaker (CGP/University of Texas), Stephen Smartt (University of Oxford), Takayuki Tomaru (NAOJ), Fabien Cavalier (IN2P3/CNRS), Lisa Barsotti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/LIGO Laboratory).

    The EGO director assistant helps the STAC in organizing its meetings.

    Administrative and Financial Advisory Committee

    The Administrative and Financial Advisory Committee (AFC) is charged with the general responsibility of advising the Council on legal, administrative and financial matters. The members are:

    For more information on the mission of the AFC read the Terms of Reference of the AFC.


    EGO Departments

    For Technological and Administration responsibilities EGO’s Director is assisted by the Technical Deputy Director, the Administrative Deputy Director and by five Heads Department, who respectively manage:

    Administration, Budget management for EGO including upgrade projects of Virgo interferometer, Human Resources and European projects of which EGO is the leader or co-manager from the European Commission.

    Information Technology manages the computing, storage and network systems at the EGO site providing the IT infrastructure for the control of the Virgo Interferometer, the running of the on-line data analysis and the data exchange with the external computing centers and the other detectors, working actively in the software development for many subsystems.

    Interferometer Technology, in charge of operations maintenance, participates of upgrade and running operation of Virgo interferometer. The ITF department is based on tree main expertises Optics benches and injection beam light, Electronics low noise and Environment Noise analysis and mitigation.

    General Infrastructure, Management of all infrastructure facilities, services, supplies needs and all EGO site buildings and facilities for VIRGO interferometer running needs.

    Department Head: Andrea Paoli

    Vacuum & Mechanics, Management of operation, maintenance and upgrades of the Virgo Vacuum System and provides support for mechanical design and on-site workshop capability.

    Department Head: Antonio Pasqualetti

    For any question or first contact concerning Technological and Administrative Departments send an email to:


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