Jean-Pierre Bourguignon appointed next President of the ERC

The European Commission has appointed Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC), the EU's premier funding body for investigator-driven frontier research. Professor Bourguignon, a mathematician and French national, will take over in his new role as of 1 January 2014, replacing Professor Helga Nowotny. He will be the first ERC President to be based in Brussels, in a new reinforced role where he will devote most of his time to the job. He joins the ERC at a vital moment for its further development, with a seven-year budget of over €13 billion under Horizon 2020, the new EU programme for research and innovation.