The DCS laboratory is under the supervision of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
As a Joint Research Unit, the DCS laboratory is subject to evaluation by the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES).

DCS has adopted Internal rules of procedure governing its organization and operation.
The director of the laboratory is Professor Rafael Encinas de Muñagorri. He is assisted by an assistant director, Gaëtan Cliquennois, cnrs researcher, and a management team (Marine Friant-Perrot, Franck Héas, Nicolas Huten et Mylène Le Roux)
The Laboratory Council is the main advisory body and it is very closely associated with the laboratory management.

The Laboratory Council is governed by current contracting rules for CNRS-associated units.
It meets monthly. It is consulted on all matters related to laboratory life. Its role is to give an opinion on the main decisions concerning the laboratory’s scientific policy, structural changes, human resources management and access to training, research contract policy, budget and finances.
The laboratory General Assembly, which meets once a year, enables dialogue and reflection on ways to improve and sets the objectives for the coming year.

Led by the Laboratory Administrator, Anne-Claire Covain, the administrative team is composed of three managers: Yannick Le Gressus, Alexandra Jean and Cindy Martin, who ensures the administrative and financial management of the laboratory and provides logistical support.

The administrative management of the lab covers human resources administration regarding all DCS staff: researchers, affiliated researchers, post-docs, PhD students (CNRS, EPST (State-owned scientific and technological establishments), CIFRE doctoral students (with industrial contracts for training through research) doctoral contracts, students receiving grants from French and foreign governments), technical and administrative staff, and French and foreign visitors and trainees.

In this way, the administrative management ensures both internal communication (intranet) by acting as an interface between staff and management, and staff and supervisory bodies or administrations, and external communication through scientific events.
Its role is also to collect research indicators (particularly useful for laboratory evaluation and various surveys).

From a financial management point of view, the team ensures the accounting and financial management, the preparation and monitoring of the provisional budget. It deals with all financial and accounting problems related to the contractual activity of the research teams and acts as an interface with our administrative reporting bodies. Finally, the logistics support service is responsible for managing the premises and the documentation centre as well as maintenance of the laboratory’s buildings and general equipment.

Two CNRS engineers, Katia Barragan and Stéphanie Morandeau, provide scientific and technical research support through various undertakings including support for the valorization and dissemination of research results, the scientific preparation of dossiers for the opportunities offered by French National Research Agency (ANR) and European and international research programmes.

The laboratory also hosts trainees from different academic backgrounds…