Following the signature in December of the MoU between ESO, CNRS, MPG, NFRA, and PPARC for the construction of a large southern hemisphere millimeter array as a joint European/US project in which also Japan may be participating in the future, first decisions have been taken by the European Coordinating Committee (ECC) about the management structure on the European side. After the appointment of Dr.Richard KURZ, ESO as the European Project Manager, Stephane GUILLOTEAU has been nominated as the European Project Scientist.
The consequences of this appointment as well as the involvement of other IRAM staff members during Phase 1 of the ALMA project (Atacama Large Millimeter Array, formerly LSA/MMA) will have, of course, have to be analysed. During its recent meeting on April 30th, 1999 in Granada the IRAM-SAC has already discussed the matter. During the June 1999 IRAM-Council meeting it will be discussed further, and decisions will have to be taken.