Nature sull’European Research Council e il nuovo presidente, Bourguignon

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The next president of the European Research Council will face the dual challenge of preserving the agency’s reputation for excellence while trying to address funding inequalities.

23 October 2013

It is an open secret that French mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, director of the Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies in Paris, heads the shortlist of candidates for the next president of the European Research Council (ERC).

His expertise in differential geometry might not directly help him to handle the delicate, differential politics that are rife in the European Union (EU), and the consequent tensions between richer western and poorer eastern member states that are the most potent threat to the ERC. But his reputation as a strong-minded defender of the value of research excellence surely will. Such strength is needed to maintain the ERC’s happy status quo…

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