Scientific Council of the European Research Council announced

Today the European Commission is announcing the names of the 22
eminent men and women who will be the founding members of the
Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), a funding
organisation for frontier research proposed by the European Commission
under the Seventh Research Framework Programme (2007-2013). The
Scientific Council will be an independent body whose role is to
determine the ERC??s scientific strategy and ensure that its operations
are conducted according to the requirements of scientific excellence.
The 22 scientists were chosen by an independent panel of high-level
scientists, chaired by Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford and
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Universities.
The 22 founding members of the Scientific Council are:
Dr. Claudio BORDIGNON (IT)
Professor Manuel CASTELLS (ES)
Prof. Dr. Paul J. CRUTZEN (NL)
Prof. Mathias DEWATRIPONT (BE)
Dr. Daniel ESTEVE (FR)
Prof. Pavel EXNER (CZ)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim FREUND (DE)
Prof. Wendy HALL (UK)
Prof. Dr. Carl-Henrik HELDIN (SE)
Prof. Dr. Fotis C. KAFATOS (GR)
Prof. Dr. Michal KLEIBER (PL)
Prof. Norbert KROO (HU)
Prof. Maria Teresa V.T. LAGO (PT)
Prof Robert MAY (UK)
Prof. Helga NOWOTNY (AT)
Prof. Christiane N?ƒ?SSLEIN-VOLHARD (DE)
Prof. Alain PEYRAUBE (FR)
Prof. Salvatore SETTIS (IT)
In its proposal for the Seventh Framework
Programme for Research (2007-2013), published in April 2005, the
Commission proposed the creation of an autonomous European Research
Council to support ?®frontier research?∆ carried out by research teams
competing at European level, across all scientific and technological
fields, as well as social science and the humanities. The objective of
this proposal, which has been extremely well received both within the
scientific community and by Member States?? governments, is to
strengthen the excellence of European science. The ERC will fund the
best of European science and scholarship, as assessed by peer review.
Over the past two years the Commission has
worked to develop the idea of the ERC ?± widely regarded by the European
research community as a necessary component of the European Research
Area ?± into a serious political project. The announcement of the
Scientific Council is a significant practical step in turning the ERC
into reality. The ERC is expected to start operations in early 2007,
assuming a positive decision of the Council of Ministers and European
Parliament on the Commission??s proposals. By setting up the Scientific
Council in advance, it will be possible to start discussions on the
scientific strategy and implementation methods of the ERC.
Scientific Council will be an independent body representing the
interests of science and research at the very highest level. Its
members, who have themselves been selected independently of the
Commission, will act in their personal capacity, independently of
political or other interests. In this way, the Scientific Council will
ensure the quality and autonomy of scientific judgement that are the
keys to the ERC??s success.
(Credits at Europa Info Press)
Author: EARSC

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