March 5, 2013

Susan Gasser appointed to EU Science Advisory Council

Susan Gasser, Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, joins the newly installed Science and Technology Advisory Council of the European Commission. This council provides direct advice to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, on how to create an environment for innovation in Europe.

The members of this independent and informal group of outstanding science and technology experts from academia, business and civil society have been selected by President Barroso. They represent a broad range of disciplines and have been selected “based on their scientific reputation, experience at the interface of science and policy and their communications skills,” as Barroso points out.

"Science and innovation are key drivers for European competitiveness, economic growth and the creation of new jobs. This Advisory Council will focus on science and technology related topics that are of cross-cutting nature, with a clear societal dimension. It will identify the issues of value where science, research and innovation can contribute to support future development in Europe," Barroso said.

Among the 15 members from different parts of Europe are also Cédric Villani, renown French mathematician, Ada Yonath, Nobel Laureate from Israel, the German climate scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and the CEO of GE Europe, Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco.

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