The Steering Committee purpose is to cross-project networking between the research projects as well as the discussion of overarching issues. It defines cross-cutting issues in which all interested projects of the research focus work together, e.g. in workshops. In addition, joint activities for the realization and practical implementation of the project results and public relations are planned. The Steering Committee consists of the coordinators of all 18 joint projects. Representatives of the BMBF, the project executing agency and the accompanying project also participate in the half-yearly meetings of the steering committee.