Nieuwe top Europees onderzoek

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12 februari 2013 | Wie wordt de nieuwe chef die tientallen miljarden mag gaan toedelen aan toponderzoek in Europa? De Britse oud-minister en Cambridge-topman Lord Sainsbury trekt een zware selectiecommissie die de opvolger moet aanwijzen van ERC-voorzitter Helga Nowotny.

Lord Sainsbury zegt over deze prestigieuze opdracht het volgende: “The ERC is now a well-functioning operation, on its way to becoming a fully-mature funding organisation on a par with the very best in the world. It enjoys wide recognition, built on its operating principles of independence and scientific excellence. I am happy to be able to contribute to this challenging new phase and delighted that I will do so together with six such distinguished colleagues.”

Alleen maar excellentie 

De commissie die op zoek gaat naar de volgende ERC-president bestaat uit:

Lord SAINSBURY of Turville, FRS, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

Catherine CESARSKY, High Level Advisor, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), Former High Commissioner for Atomic Energy in France

Suzanne FORTIER, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Michal KLEIBER, President of the Polish Academy, Former Member of the ERC Scientific Council

Jadran LENARCIC, Director of the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana

Erwin NEHER, Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Nobel Prize in Medicine

Salvatore SETTIS, Former Director, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Former Member of the ERC Scientific Council

The European Research Council awards grants through open competitions to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim is to recognise the best ideas, and retain and confer status and visibility to the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.

Senior, internationaal, wetenschapper 

The Commission’s proposals for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 establish the function of an ERC President, to be chosen from among senior and internationally-respected scientists. The ERC President will reside in Brussels for the duration of the appointment and devote most of their time to ERC activities.

The ERC President shall be appointed by the Commission for a term of office limited to four years, renewable once. The President will be remunerated at a level commensurate with the Commission’s top management. The recruitment process and the candidate selected shall have the approval of the ERC’s Scientific Council.

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