EUROPE: Professors to select new scientific council

Six European professors have been appointed to the European Research Council's identification committee charged with finding new members for its scientific council.

The selected professors have five months to search for new members to help run the council. In February 2011 they will announce their replacement choices as well as identify potential future replacements for the scientific council itself.

"We welcome the setting up of this independent high-level committee, which is crucial to the continued credibility and high standing of the ERC's scientific council," said ERC President Helga Nowotny.

The appointed members, who include Acting Chair Professor Eero Vuorio, director of Biocenter Finland, met in mid-September to develop a system by which they will choose the scientific council team. They will continue to meet, while reporting back to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

Also appointed was Andreu Mas-Colell, from the department of economics and business at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, who is the immediate past Secretary General of the ERC.

The four other committee members are: Ann Dowling, head of the department of engineering at the UK's University of Cambridge; Grety Mirdal from the department of psychology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark; Arnold Schmidt, professor emeritus at the Photonics Institute of the Technische Universität Wien in Germany; and Maciej Zylicz, head of the department of molecular biology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Poland.

The Council's Initial Statement on Methodology can be seen here.