The Supervisory Board comprises one representative of all beneficiaries and partner organizations and an ESR representative for the purpose of high-level decision-making and is the ultimate decision body in the project. There are finance and training sub-committees of the Supervisory Board to provide oversight and ensure compliance on all matters financial and training activities respectively. There is also a Committee for ESRs to raise any concerns to the Supervisory Board they may have in relation to their programme of study or to facilities in their particular hosts/secondments. The Supervisory Board is chaired by the Project Coordinator who also acts as the intermediary between the EC and the TRUSS network. The Coordinator is supported in project management activities by the Project Manager.

Through its program stimulating, cutting-edge research and training achieved via trans-national and trans-sectoral mobility, and inter- and multi-disciplinarity, TRUSS ITN clearly addresses both the spirit and substance of the European Charter for Researchers. The overall approach of TRUSS ITN is to integrate 14 Individual Research Projects (IRPs) into the overall Network collaboration which is encompassed by two thematic research clusters which respond to specific infrastructural needs. Within this framework, the TRUSS proposal involves partnerships at a variety of levels. At the most basic level, there will be a number of bilateral collaborations, centred around IRPs. Each ESR is assigned a project with a Doctoral Studies Panel (DSP) composed by experts from at least 2 European countries, including both academic and industrial participation, and male and female presence. Structural safety is a broad area of investigation and while training modules imparted in TRUSS ITN provide researchers with an overall understanding and advanced skills, IRPs respond to specific needs for a particular infrastructure type. Therefore, the IRPs are grouped into two research clusters:

The methodologies employed during the research training programme in each cluster will be necessarily multi- and inter-disciplinary, leveraging the expertise of each of the consortium members.

TRUSS ITN is structured in five Work Packages (WPs). The WP leaders review technical progress with the WP members periodically, and report to the Supervisory Board about all technical and organisational issues.

WP1 deals with deal with the management, governance, recruitment and mobility of the programme. A Selection Committee with a gender balance, diverse expertise and competences including different sectors, disciplines and countries advises on the assessment of ESR applications. The leader of WP1 and project coordinator is Dr. Arturo Gonzalez (UCD).
WP2 disseminates the novel outputs produced by TRUSS structured PhD research program via presentations at national workshops, world’s leading international conferences, publications in peer-reviewed journals of high-impact factor, reports made available free online and outreach activities. The leader of WP2 is Prof. Joan Ramon Casas (UPC). More on WP2…
WP3 governs the provision of appropriate structured PhD training modules for the ESRs, to ensure that the quality of structured training meets best practice and that the training needs of the ESRs, as planned in their Project Career Development Plan, are being adequately addressed. The leader of WP3 is Dr. Aoife Ahern (UCD). More on WP3….
The objective of WP4 is to reduce uncertainty and improve structural assessments of buildings, energy and marine infrastructure via advanced material, load & structural modelling and monitoring systems. More specifically addressing uncertainties in the response of not-well known materials via lab testing or strength assessment in existing buildings, in the variation of the non-linear dynamic response of sliding structures under water due to differences in the modelling, in the loads and safety of large wind turbine towers and in the remaining life of assets (some operating beyond their original design life) in extreme and harsh marine conditions. The leader of WP4 is Prof. Debra Laefer (UCD). More on WP4…
The objective of WP5 is to reduce uncertainty, improve structural assessments and management of land transport infrastructure via the development of new monitoring/sensor technologies that will allow more efficient data collection, and new algorithms that will process the data collected from the structure to estimate its safety more accurately than current approaches. The leader of WP5 is Dr. Rasa Rementye-Prescott (UNOTT). More on WP5…