The Study Committees and the Technical Committee are the main contributors towards the technical activities of Cigré. They are governed by precise operative rules and have two basic responsibilities:
- they carry out studies on topical issues of their domain. Results are published and made available to Cigré members, as well as to non-members; and
- they play a leading part in the sessions and symposia organised by Cigré: eg definition of the topics, selection of the papers, running of the meetings. Study Committees also organise their own events: colloquia, tutorials and workshops.
The activities of the Study Committees are co-ordinated by the Technical Committee. Study Committees select the studies to be commenced, specify their terms of reference, monitor the progress of the work and approve the publications. To carry out its work, a Study Committee relies on two working bodies:
- Advisory Groups, which advise the Chairman of the Study Committee: and
- Working Groups, which perform the studies, in accordance with the terms of reference which have been approved by the Technical Committee Chairman. Presently, there are more than 200 active Working Groups in Cigré, bringing together some 2500 international experts.
There are 16 Study Committees comprising: