The main task of the Working Group is the conceptual and organisational preparation and steering of the research, work and investment planning as assistance to the Presidential Board.
Current focal points are the shaping of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), in which the PTB is significantly involved, as well as the implementation of elements of the programme control in the PTB. The Working Group deals with this question, together with the representatives of the divisions, in the "Research Programmes" Committee (A-FP). Major parts of EMRP and further research cooperations are covered by sub-working group PSt 3.
The most important tools for the cross-divisional controlling of the PTB by the Presidential Board are the working plan discussions and the decisions on the ultralarge devices. Here, Working Group PSt1 renders the necessary assistance in cooperation with the Organisations- und Controlling referat (Organisation and Controlling Section), and with the Quality Management Department.
The Working Group, which comprises the former "Staff Office" to a large extent, is additionally entrusted with the preparation of meetings and the attending to the Board of Consultants, director conferences, strategy conferences, the postgraduate programme, the filing of applications for third-party funds, guests, and the responding to ministerial enquiries.
The rest is assigned to the term "special tasks".