The Scientific Council, the ERC's governing body, defines the scientific funding strategy and methodologies. It acts on behalf of the scientific community in Europe to promote creativity and innovative research.
The Scientific Council is composed of eminent scientists and scholars. The members are appointed by the European Commission, on the recommendations of an independent Identification Committee.
The Chair of the Scientific Council - currently Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon - is the President of the ERC and the formal representative of the ERC, including its Scientific Council, to the European Commission and other bodies.
The President also chairs the ERC Board and Scientific Council meetings and prepares the agenda.
The President is assisted by three Vice-Presidents who are equally the Vice-Chairs of the Scientific Council. They represent the three ERC domains.
Currently the Vice-Presidents are: Fabio Zwirner (Physical sciences and Engineering), Dame Janet Thornton (Life Sciences) and Martin Stokhof (Social Sciences and Humanities).
The term of office of the members of the Scientific Council is limited to four years, renewable once.
Picture of the ERC Scientific Council (Malta, April 2017)
ERC Scientific Council members are appointed by the European Commission on the basis of a search process carried out by an independent Identification Committee.
The mandate of this independent Committee is twofold.
Firstly, it identifies new members for the staged renewal of the Scientific Council membership.
Secondly, it maintains a pool of candidates for future replacements of Scientific Council members.
The legal provisions for the identification of the Scientific Council members are set out here.
The Committee consists of highly respected personalities in European research:
- Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (chair) – Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge, UK
- Alice Dautry – Institut Pasteur, France
- Hans-Joachim Freund – Fritz-Haber-Institute, Max-Planck-Society, Germany
- Mireille Hildebrandt – Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
- Xavier Vives – IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain
- Agnieszka Zalewska – Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
FORMER PRESIDENTS AND SECRETARIES GENERAL
Prof. Helga Nowotny took office as ERC President in March 2010 and her mandate ended at the close of 2013. She succeeded the founding ERC President, Prof. Fotis Kafatos, before which she was ERC Vice-President (2007-2010). Prof. Donald Dingwell’s mandate as ERC Secretary General started in September 2010 and ended at the close of 2013. The founding Secretary General was Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker (Jan 2007-Jun 2009) who was succeeded by Prof. Andreu Mas-Colell (Jul 2009-Aug 2010).
- BOCK Klaus
- BORDIGNON Claudio
- CANNY Nicholas
- CASTELLS Manuel
- CLOETINGH Sierd
- CRUTZEN Paul
- DEWATRIPONT Mathias
- DIETL Tomasz
- DOLEV Daniel
- DONALD Athene
- DUARTE Carlos
- ENSOLI Barbara
- ESTEVE Daniel
- EXNER Pavel
- FREUND Hans-Joachim
- GENZEL Reinhard
- HALL Wendy
- HELDIN Carl-Hendrik
- HUNT Tim
- KAFATOS Fotis †
- KLEIBER Michal
- KLEINER Matthias
- KONDOROSI Eva
- KROO Norbert
- LAGOS Maria Teresa
- MARIN PARRA Oscar
- MAY Robert
- MOORE Henrietta
- NOWOTNY Helga
- NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD Christiane
- PELTONEN-PALOTIE Leena †
- PEYRAUBE Alain
- ROSTRUP-NIELSEN Jens
- SAARMA Mart
- SEBASTIAN GALLES Núria
- SETTIS Salvatore
- STENSETH Nils
- TRAMONTANO Anna †
- VEUGELERS Reinhilde
- ZINKERNAGEL Rolf