What are SIGs?
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are dedicated to researching, developing and disseminating knowledge based on vast experiences of specific topics in the management and organisation of large infrastructure projects. Interested members from the network can join or lead a Special Interest Group by organising or attending group discussions on specific themes, organising events, presenting at conferences and/or preparing publications, tools etc. Network members can be members of more than one SIG. The SIG is free to decide its own purpose, as long as it corresponds to the overall goal of the NETLIPSE network namely, developing the management and organisation of large infrastructure projects in Europe. In future it is possible that disseminating and developing this knowledge is not limited to the European boundaries.
Each Special Interest Group will be coordinated by an Issue Manager. This is an individual who will be responsible for keeping the SIG alive and running, i.e. initiating SIG meetings, events and products. The Issue Manager is appointed by the NETLIPSE Board, and can keep this position in accordance with Board regulations.
The Special Interest Groups will be facilitated by an assistant as well as the NETLIPSE Executive Team. Depending on the needs of the group, various supporting communication tools will be developed such as the internet-based virtual environments and dedicated communities on the website. These sections will be open to SIG members only and can consist of an archive with relevant articles, publications and presentations, contact information of SIG members, etc. The SIGs will have regular meetings, at least at every Network Meeting twice a year.
The number of SIGs is not limited. If more than two Network members decide it interesting enough to initiate a SIG, they are free to submit a request to the NETLIPSE Board. The Board decides on the feasibility of a SIG, which may have a temporary nature, i.e. for the research or development of a specific topic, or have a more ongoing nature.
The SIG themes correspond to the themes that are developed in the IPAT.
From 2008-2013 Special Interest Groups were active in four areas:
- Business Cases and Project Finance
- Stakeholder Participation and Communication
- Procurement and Contracting
- Project Management
From 2014 on their results and activities will be continued in specially dedicated (research) projects and activities that will be proposed selected and monitored by the Board of NETLIPSE.