[Reblog]: Europe’s New Basic Research Chief Ready to Defend Fundamental Science

© Jean-François Dars Jean-Pierre Bourguignon Today, the European Commission announced that French mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has been appointed the new president of the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union’s main funding agency for basic research. (News of his appointment leaked in late October, but the commission did not confirm it at the time.) Bourguignon,…