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European Research Council freshens top deck

10 Feb 2016

Two new scientists appointed to research funder’s governing body

By Eanna Kelly

The European Research Council (ERC) appointed two new scientists last Friday (5 February) to sit on its scientific council.

Christopher Clark is a British professor of history at the University of Cambridge and Barbara Romanowicz is a French physics chair at the Collège de France, as well as professor of geophysics at UC Berkeley in the US. Their mandate is for four years apiece.

The ERC scientific council, composed of 22 scientists, including the ERC President, is the governing body of the frontier research funder. Its main role is steering the ERC strategy and selecting peer review evaluators.

Since 1 January 2014, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is the ERC President and the chair of the scientific council.

These new members were selected by an independent committee, composed of six scientists appointed by the European Commission. The committee is currently looking for another two new members.

Read the press release here

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