BRUSSELS—Seven scientists, including a Fields medalist and the director of CERN, Europe's premier particle physics lab, have been appointed today to provide the European Commission with policy advice—bringing an end to a year of suspense since the awkward exit of Anne Glover, the first and only chief scientific adviser (CSA) in the commission's history.
The high-level group is part of a larger setup, called the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), that replaces the controversial single-headed adviser role—which ended just 3 years after the previous administration created it.
The new group includes four men and three women from seven different countries and seven disciplines. They will not be employed by the commission and will keep their current jobs. They are:
∙ Polish bioinformatician Janusz Bujnicki, who leads a lab at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw and serves on a scientific policy committee that advises Poland's science ministry;
∙ Dutch sociologist Pearl Dykstra from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who has been vice president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2011;
∙ Portuguese materials scientist Elvira Fortunato from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal, who listed 57 patents, submitted in her name in 2012;
∙ German physicist and CERN Director Rolf-Dieter Heuer;
∙ British climate researcher Julia Slingo, the chief scientist of the United Kingdom's Met Office, which provides weather and climate change forecasts;
∙ French mathematician and Fields medalist Cédric Villani, who heads the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris;
∙ Danish microbiologist Henrik Wegener, chief academic officer and provost of the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, who has expertise in food safety, zoonoses, and policy advice.
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