Organisation / Governance

ECCSEL operations are coordinated by ECCSEL ERIC. An ERIC is a specific legal entity created by the European Commission for large European Research Infrastructures. ECCSEL ERIC has it's head office in Trondheim, Norway.


The Head Office of ECCSEL ERIC is coordinating the research infrastructure's central access and operations. ECCSEL governance body is the General Assembly, a Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee, and Scientific, Industry and Ethical Advisory Boards.


The Executive Director, who is appointed by the General Assembly, is the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer and legal representative of ECCSEL ERIC. The Executive Director is reporting to the General Assembly and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Consortium, for implementing the General Assembly's decisions, including the implementation of the budget, and ensures that ECCSEL ERIC observes all relevant legal requirements.


The Operations Centre is responsible for central management and planning as well as coordination of the infrastructure operations and development. The General Assembly adopts strategies and work plans for ECCSEL and supervises its management. The General Assembly is composed of ECCSEL members and observers and its members currently are:

  • Chair: Jonathan Pearce (BGS)
  • France: Xavier Montagne (Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MESRI)); Sébastien Dupraz (BRGM)
  • Italy: Cristiana Genua (Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)); Fausto Ferraccioli / Valentina Volpi (OGS)
  • The Netherlands: Gerdi Breembroek (Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)); Soledad van Eijk (TNO)
  • Norway: Åse Slagtern (The Research Council of Norway (RCN)) / David Barratt-Due (Ministry of Energy); Nils Røkke / Rune Bredesen (SINTEF) 
  • United Kingdom: Christopher Matthews (former BEIS), Helen Taylor-Curran (BGS)


The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) controls the scientific quality of the services offered by ECCSEL ERIC, the organisation’s scientific policies, procedures and future plans. The SAB consist of:

  • Adam Smolinski (Central Mining Institute, Poland)
  • Axel Liebscher (Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal, Germany)
  • Eric Favre (University of Lorraine)
  • Sergio Persoglia (Italy)
  • Grégoire Léonard (University of Liège)
  • Nick Daems (University of Antwerp)


The Ethics and Environmental Advisory Board is consulted at least once a year on any ethical and environmental issues facing ECCSEL.


The Peer Review Committee assesses applications to access ECCSEL facilities. More information about the Peer Review assessment criteria.


The Industrial Advisory Group (IAG) consist of representatives from industrial sectors. It gives advice on commercial application of CCUS technologies. IAG members are:

  • Barthold Schroot (EBN)
  • Francesco Magli (Buzzi Unicem)
  • Patrick Morilhat (EDF)
  • Jim Stian Olsen / Pål Helge Nøkleby (Aker Carbon Capture)
  • Audun Faanes (Equinor)
  • Philip Llewellyn (Total)
  • Matthieu Aragones (Holcim)
  • Jody Strik (Taqaglobal)

The Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC) has a supportive and advisory function and consists of representatives of the ECCSEL facilities and the Executive Director. The task of the RICC is to strengthen the collaboration between the facilities and contribute to experimental research. RICC members are:

  • Audrey Ougier-Simonin (BGS)
  • Simon Gregory (BGS)
  • Cinzia De Vittor (OGS)
  • Alberto Pettinau (SOTACARBO)
  • Morten Grønli (NTNU)
  • Yessica Arellano (SINTEF Energy)
  • Rune Bredesen / Thijs Peters (SINTEF Industry)
  • Peter van Os (TNO)
  • Sylvain Stephant (BRGM)
  • Marie-Astrid Soenen (INERIS)
  • Andrea Schleifer (OGS)

ECCSEL Operations Centre team

The ECCSEL Operations Centre (OC) manages the daily running of ECCSEL. 

Executive Director - Klaus Tobias Mosbacher

Director of Operations and Projects - Volker Röhling

Affairs and communication - Sina Blix Prestmo

Administrative support - Debbie Koreman van den Bergh

  • Valentina Volpi- Valentina works for the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS)
  • Sébastien Dupraz - Sébastien works for the French Geological Survey (BRGM)
  • Helen Taylor-Curran - Helen works for the British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Robert de Kler - Robert works for Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)


Related PDF document: ECCSEL ERIC Statutes

Background information: What is an ERIC?

A European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is a full legal entity under EU law, with the goal to establish and operate, through its Members, a Research Infrastructure of European importance on a non-economic basis.

ECCSEL European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), was established by the European Commision implementing decision of 9. June 2017 (EU) 2017/996.


ECCSEL ERIC is registered in the Norwegian Company Registry with the organisation number 919298243.