The EW-GDS is controlled by a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from various fields of Glow Discharge and from different countries within Europe. The Steering Committee has five major responsibilities:
To promote the EW-GDS throughout Europe.
To organise and coordinate the activities of the EW-GDS.
To be responsible for the interchange of information within its membership.
To organise international symposia dedicated to GDS.
To control the financial aspects of the work.
Membership of the EW-GDS is open to any person living in Europe who has an active interest in Glow Discharge Spectroscopy or Spectrometry. Members may be scientists in fundamental or applied research, industrial users, instrument manufacturers, or in other related fields. Persons with no direct involvement in the field can become members at the discretion of the Steering Committee.
There is no membership cost for the EW-GDS. Each member will fund their own expenses relating to activities of the EW-GDS.
EW-GDS activities are coordinated by the Steering Committee and members from the participating countries. Each country represented carries one vote but may appoint two delegates. Decisions at meetings are by a simple majority, but at least five countries must be represented.
The Steering Committee elects a Chair for a period of three years. Re-election is allowed. The Steering Committee should meet annually unless otherwise decided by the Chair.
The Chair is responsible for maintaining the bank account of the EW-GDS. No expenditure can be processed without the explicit agreement of at least two other members of the Steering Committee. The Chair will report on the financial situation to the Steering Committee at all meetings, and will response in a timely fashion to any enquiries by a Steering Committee member.
The members of the Steering committee at the time of writing (March 2019) were as listed below, along with the countries they represent.