The ERIC Forum, which brings together 21 leading European Research Infrastructures, has a new leadership.
The new Chair is John Womersley (Director General, European Spallation Source ERIC), and he will work together with the new Vice Chair Anton Ussi (Operations and Finance Director, EATRIS-ERIC). The Chairs are responsible for the strategic planning of the Forum, and coordinate external relations with the European Commission, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and other stakeholders.
The new Chairs were elected by the ERIC Forum Assembly and will remain in office for one year.
“ 2020 is a year of opportunities. Policy at the EU level is advancing rapidly as the new Commission finds its footing on several key files that will be extremely relevant for research infrastructures: Horizon Europe’s novel mission and challenge-led approach; the European Research Area’s “new narrative”; the European Open Science Cloud – just to mention some. All ERICs must work together to secure their relevance in the emerging European science landscape. The ERIC Forum is the right platform – first and foremost to evaluate how the ERIC regulation is being implemented.”
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the ERIC community at such a critical moment in the EU. Closer cooperation will allow us to jointly overcome the challenges and share the opportunities to serve the European Research Area better. The wealth of experience and expertise residing within the individual Members of the ERIC Forum is an invaluable source of knowledge and facilitating efficient exchange of best practices both internally and with our key stakeholders should remain our priority.”
The aim of the ERIC Forum is to advance operations of ERICs and to strategically contribute to the development of ERIC-related policies.
Read the full press release on the ERIC Forum website.