The letter (September 17th 2019)

Your Excellencies Presidents Sassoli, Dr. Juncker and Dr. von der Leyen,


The candidates for the new EU commissioners were presented last week (Web link to press release). In the new commission the areas of education and research are not explicitly represented anymore and instead are subsumed under the "innovation and youth" title. This emphasizes economic exploitability (i.e. "innovation") over its foundation, which is education and research, and it reduces “education” to “youth” while being essential to all ages.

We, as members of the scientific community of Europe, wish to address this situation early on and emphasize both to the general public, as well as to relevant politicians on the national and European Union level, that without dedication to education and research there will neither exist a sound basis for innovation in Europe, nor can we fulfill the promise of a high standard of living for the citizens of Europe in a fierce global competition.

President von der Leyen, in her mission letter to commissioner Gabriel (Web link to Mandate Letter), has emphasized that “education, research and innovation will be key to our competitiveness”.

With this open letter we demand that the EU commission revises the title for commissioner Gabriel to “Education, Research, Innovation and Youth” reflecting Europe’s dedication to all of these crucial areas. We also call upon the European Parliament to request this change in name before confirming the nominees for commissioner.

Initial signatories follow in alphabetical order:

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bethke (MPI for Physics)
Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla (TU-München)
Prof. Dr. Aldo Deandrea (U-Lyon 1)
Prof. Dr. Carlo Guaraldo (INFN Frascati)
Prof. Dr. Luciano Maiani (U-Roma La Sapienza)
Prof. Dr. Antonio Pich (U-València)
Prof. Dr. Alexander Rothkopf (U-Stavanger)
Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel (U-Heidelberg)
(contact information is contained in the letter PDF)


So far the open letter has been signed by more than 11.000 scientists and institutions, among them 19 nobel prize winners.
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Timeline

  • September 10th 2019

    New von der Leyen commission presented

    The new structure of the commission is presented, where the former directorates for education, culture, sports and youth, as well as that for research, science and innovation are now subsumed under one commissioner with title "innovation and youth" (photo © EU 2019)

  • September 17th 2019

    Open Letter on Future of Research

    The initial signatories of the open letter compose its text to address the absence of education and research in the title of commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel and open an online signature collection campaign.

  • September 19th 2019

    First press mentioning

    The Italian edition of the online newspaper Huffington post reports as first media outlet about the open letter, followed by the Norwegian Universitetsavisa and the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica on September 20th. (screenshot © La Repubblica 2019)

  • September 23rd 2019

    5000 supporters

    The letter has been signed by more than 5000 supporters

  • September 25th 2019

    Contact to EU Parliament president & ITRE committee

    Direct contact has been established with the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli as well as members of the Committe for Industry, Research and Energy, which will conduct the hearing of commissioner-designate Mariya Garbiel. The open letter, the list of supporters, as well as a list of the collected notable supporters as of September 25th have been supplied to both parties in printing. (photo © EU 2019)

  • September 26th 2019

    Mailing to the European Parliament

    In order to alert the Members of the European Parliament in time for the hearing of commissioner-designate Gabriel to the open letter and to its strong support from the scientific community it has been printed and mailed to all 749 MEPs.

  • September 28th 2019

    10000 supporters

    The letter has been signed by more than 10000 supporters

  • September 30th 2019

    Hearing of commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel

    At the beginning of the hearing MEP Sabine Verheyen (Germany, EPP) briefly commented on the absence of the term research in the new portfolio title. In the remainder of the hearing no specific question was asked in regards to priorities for basic science and research. Instead the to be founded European Innovation council was highlighted several times. (photo © EU 2019)

  • October 7th 2019

    First response from a Member of the European Parliament

    The office of the chairman of the EPP group in the European parliament, Manfred Weber, acknowledges the receipt of the open letter and emphasizes that education and research are items of importance for the whole of the EPP group. (photo © EPP group 2019)

  • October 8th 2019

    Response from the former President of the European Parliament

    The office of Antonio Tajani (EPP, Italy) has acknowledged receipt of the open letter, pointing out that under his tenure "the European Parliament voted in favour of many reports to support Horizon Europe in the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The position of the Parliament is very clear: we want a +50% of budget dedicated to Horizon Europe (up to 120 billion, compared to the 80 billion allocated for the current MFF)." (photo © EU 2019)

  • October 11th 2019

    12000 supporters

    The letter has been signed by more than 12000 supporters

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Organization Document
The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (PDF)
The European Mathematical Society (link)
The European Physical Society (link)
The AGE platform Europe (PDF)
The French Physical Society (link)
The Italian Federation of Universities (PDF)
The European Alliance for the Social Sciences and the Humanities (link)
The Allgemeine Fakultätentag (PDF)
German Life Sciences Association (link)
The European Association for Digital Humanities (link)
The German Physical Society (PDF)
The German Council of University Faculties in Engineering and Informatics (PDF)
The Spanish Society for Immunology (PDF)
The Biomedical Alliance in Europe (link)
The Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (link)
The European Brain Council (link)
The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (link)
Media outlet Country
Huffington Post Italy
Universitetsavisa Norway
La Repubblica (paywalled) (jpg version) Italy
Roars (blog) Italy
El Pais Spain
La Vanguardia Spain
Physics World United Kingdom
Science|Business Belgium
Die Zeit (online newsletter) Germany
Ansa Italy
Physics Today USA
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Germany
Delo Slovenia
Le Temps Switzerland
Deutschlandfunk Germany
First Name Last Name Affiliation Comments
Nobel prize recipients:
Prof. Dr. Françoise  Barré-Sinoussi (Institut Pasteur) Recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Prof. Dr. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (Collège de France) Recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl (MPG-FHI) Recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Ben Feringa (U.-Groningen) Recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Albert Fert (CNRS-Thales) Recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Andre K. Geim (U.-Manchester) Recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Theodor W.  Hänsch (MPQ & LMU) Recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Serge Haroche (Ecole Normale Supérieure)  Recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Tim Hunt (OIST) Recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Lehn (U.-Strasbourg) Recipient of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Art McDonald (Queen's U. Kingston) Recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Edvard  Moser (NTNU) Recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Prof. Dr. May-Britt Moser (NTNU) Recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Prof. Dr. Gerard Mourou (Ecole Polytechnique) Recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Erwin Neher (MPG-MPIBPC) Recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Prof. Dr. Carlo Rubbia  (CERN - GSSI) Recipient of the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Sauvage (U.-Strasbourg) Recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Gerardus  't Hooft (U.-Utrecht) Recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics
Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing (MPI-FKF) Recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics
Leadership of Scientific Associations
Prof. Dr. Maria Conceicao    Abreu e Silva (SPF)  President of the Portugese Physical Society
Prof. Dr. Albert Albers (KIT) President of the Allgemeiner Fakultätentag
Prof. Dr. Martin   Andler  (UVSQ)  President of the Initiative for Science in Europe
Joana Lobo Antunes (SciComPT) President of the Portuguese Science Communicators Association
Dr. Marta Argostinho (EU-LIFE) Coordinator of the EU-LIFE alliance
Dr. Fernanda Bajanca (CHU Toulouse) Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association Policy WG
Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Beck (U.-Bern) President of the Swiss Physical Society
Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco (U.-Cologne) Chairman of the EU Quantum Flagship Community Network
Prof. Dr. Luisa  Cifarelli (U.-Bologna)  President of the Italian Physical Society and of the Centro Fermi
Prof. Dr. Claire  Clivaz (SIB) Executive Member of the  European Association for Digital Humanities and of the European Alliance for the Social Sciences and the Humanities
Prof. Dr. Felipe  Criado-Boado (CSIC) President of the European Association of Archaeologists
Prof. Dr. Pascal Dayez-Burgeon (CNRS) Chairman and CEO of CNRS
Prof. Dr. J.A.  de Azcarraga (U. Valencia & IFIC) President of the Spanish Royal Physics Society
Prof. Dr. Jesus Marco de Lucas (CSIC) Vice-President of the Spanish Research Council
Prof. Dr. Jorgen D'Hondt (Vrije U.-Brussel) Chairperson of the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA)
Dr. Matthew  DiFranco  (U.-Vienna) Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association
Prof. Dr. Pieter Duisenberg (VSNU) President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Maria J. Esteban (CNRS) President of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Prof. Dr. Gianluca Maria Farinola (U.-Bari) President of the EuChemS Organic Chemistry Division and President of the Organic Chemistry
Division of the Italian Chemical Society
Prof. Dr. Heike Faßbender (TU-Braunschweig) President of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
Prof. Dr. Carmen Fenoll (UCLM) President of the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology
Prof. Dr. Alain Fontaine (CNRS) Council member of the European Physical Society
Dr. Jose A Gutierrez Fuentes (GADEA) Director of the Fundacion GADEA por la Ciencia
Jyri Genral (IAPS) Predsident  of the International Association of Physics Students
Dr. Jean-Antoine Girault (INSERM U.-Sorbonne) President elect of the Federation of the European Neuroscience Societies and recipient of an ERC Advanced grant
Prof. Dr. África González-Fernández (U.-Vigo) President of the Spanish Society for Immunology
Prof. Dr. Sarah Green (U.-Helsinki) President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists
Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer (DPG) Vice-President of the German Physical Society,  member of the EC High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, 2016 Knight of the French Legion of Honor,  recipient of the 2015 German  Order of Merit, 2013 UNESCO Niels Bohr Medal
Prof. Dr. Sigismund Huck (Med. U.-Vienna) President of the Austrian Neuroscience Association
Prof. Dr. Massimo Inguscio (CNR) President of the Italian Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca
Mr. Diederik Jekel (NNV) President of the Dutch Physical Society
Prof. Dr. Uli Katz (U.-Erlangen) Chair of the Global Neutrino Network and the German Committee for Astroparticle Physics
Prof. Dr. Emilia Kilpua (U.-Helsinki) Chair of the Finnish Physical Society and recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Koch (GDCH) Executive Director of the German Chemical Society and member of the Open Science Policy Platform of the EC
Prof. Dr. Heidrun Kopp (Geomar & U.-Kiel) President of the German Geophysical Society
Prof. Dr. Mari Korpela (U.-Tampere) President of the Finnish Anthropological Society
Prof. Dr. Edwin Kreuzer (ASH) President of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Irmgard Krisai-Greilhuber (U.-Vienna) Predsident of the Austrian Mycological Society 
Prof. Dr. Mark Ladd (DKFZ) President of the German Society for Medical Physics (DGMP) and recipient of
an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Catherine Langlais (SFP) President of the French Physical Society and knight of the French Legion of Honor
Prof. Dr. Maria  Leptin (U.-Cologne & EMBL)  Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization
Prof. Dr. László Lovász (Eötvös-L. U.) President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and recipient of the 1999 Wolf Prize, the 1999 ACM SIGACT Knuth Prize and the 2001 EATCS Gödel Prize
(2010)
Prof. Dr. Frank Maas (U.-Mainz) Chair of the German committee for Hadron and Nuclear Physics research
Prof. Dr. Stefano  Marmi (SNS) Director of the Centro di Ricerca Matematica "Ennio De Giorgi"
Prof. Dr. Antonio Masiero (INFN & U.-Padova) Vice-President of INFN
Prof. Dr. Valerie Masson-Delmotte (CEA-CNRS-UVSQ/IPSL) Co-chair of IPCC Working Group
Heather McKhann (INRA) Coordinator Joint Programming  Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
Prof. Dr. Tom  McLeish (U.-York) Chair of the Royal Society Education Committee
Prof. Dr. Dieter Meschede (DPG) President of the German Physical Society
Dr. Karin Metzlaff (EPSO)  Director of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and Member of the European Commission High Level Steering Board on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability
Prof. Dr. Humberto Michinel (U.-Vigo) President of the European Optical Society and Secretary General of the International Commission fo Optics
Dr. Vito Mocella (IMM) Board member of the Italian National Research Council 
Dr. Dmitri  Mogilevtsev (IoP AoS Belarus) Head of the Belorussian Physical Society and Vice-Head of the Center for Quantum Optics and Information
Prof. Dr. Teresa Montaruli (U.-Geneve)  Chairman of the AstroParticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC)
Prof. Dr. Enrico Nardelli (U.-Roma Tor Vergata) President of Informatics Europe
Prof. Dr. Barbara Nelli (U.-L'Aquila) Vice President of the Unione Matematica Italiana
Prof. Dr. Joe  O Hara (DCU) President of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) 
Prof. Dr. Jozef Ongena (FZ. Jülich) President of the Belgian Physical Society and recipient of the 2019 APS/EPS Landau-Spitzer Prize
Prof. Dr. Vicente Pallas (CSIC-UPV) President of the Spanish Society for Phytopathology
Prof. Dr. Tomas  Persson (U.-Lund)  President of the Swedish Mathematical Society
Prof. Dr. Stepan Petrosyan (RAU) President of the Physical Society of Armenia
Prof. Dr. Alberto Quadrio-Curzio (U.-Cattolica) President Emeritus of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
Dr. Ophelie Ronce (CNRS) President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
Prof. Dr. Petra Rudolf  (U.-Groningen) President of the European Physical Society
Prof. Dr. Sinead  Ryan (TC Dublin) Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee
Prof. Dr. Giulio Sandini (IIT) Founding Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Prof. Dr. James S. Schilling (Washington U.) President of the International Association for the Advancement of High Pressure Science and Technology (AIRAPT)
Prof. Dr. Michel Spiro (CEA-CNRS) Director Designate of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics IUPAP
Prof. Dr. Joel Sussman (Weizmann IoS) Chair of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies
Prof. Dr. Yvik Swan (ULB) President of the Belgian Mathematical Society
Prof. Dr. Marcel Tanner (SwissTPH) President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences
Prof. Dr. Martin Venhart (CERN) Member of Presidium of Slovak Academy of Sciences
Prof. Dr. Bruno Viscolani (U.-Padova) President of the Italian Association for Mathematics Applied to Social and Economic Sciences
Prof. Dr. Perla   Wahnón  (UPM)  President of the Federation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE)
Prof. Dr. Gregor Widholm (UMdK Vienna) President of the Austrian Acoustics Association
Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger (U.-Vienna) President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, recipient of the 2010 Wolf Prize in Physics, 2008 IoP Isaac Newton Medal, the 2009 German Order of Merit, the 2001 Austrian Decoration for Science and Art, Order Pour le Merite for Arts and Sciences and an ERC Advanced Grant 
Prof. Dr. Antonio Zoccoli (U.-Bologna)  President of INFN
Dr. Roxana Zus (U.-Bucharest) President of the "Physics and Education" section of the Romanian Physical Society
University Leadership
Prof. Dr. Marco Abate (U.-Pisa) Vice-Rector for teaching of the University of Pisa and recipient of the 1998 UMI Giuseppe Bartolozzi Prize 
Prof. Dr. Luigi  Ambrosio (SNS Pisa)  Rector of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and recipient of the 2019 Balzan Prize for Mathematics
Prof. Dr. Gerardo Canfora (U.-Sannio) Rector elect of the University of Sannio
Prof. Dr. Chiara Cappelli (SNS) Vice Rector for Technology Transfer and recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Eugenio Coccia (GSSI) Rector of the School of Advanced Studies "Gran Sasso Science Institute" and recipient of the 2012 IoP-Sif Giuseppe-Occhialini-Prize
Prof. Dr. Fernando Cornet (U.-Granada) Vice-Rector of the University of Granada
Prof. Dr. Luc de Schepper (U.-Hasselt) Rector of the University of Hasselt
Prof. Dr. Domenec Espriu (U.-Barcelona) Vice-Rector of the University of Barcelona
Prof. Dr. Carlos Hermenegildo (U.-Valencia) Vice-Rector of the University of Valencia
Prof. Dr. Paola Inverardi (U.-L'Aquila) Rector of the University of L'Aquila
Prof. Dr. Alberto Ruiz Jimeno (U.-Cantabria) Vice-Rector of the University of Cantabria
Prof. Dr. Peter Lievens (KU-Leuven) Vice Rector of International Policy, LERU and Alumni Policy
Prof. Dr. Pierangelo  Marcati (GSSI) Vice-Rector of the Gran Sasso Science Institute
Prof. Dr. Markus Müller (Med. U.-Vienna) Rector of the Medical University of Vienna
Prof. Dr. Sir Anton Muscatelli (U.-Glasgow) Principal of the University of Glasgow and Chair of the Russell Group of Universities
Prof. Dr. Igor Papic (U.-Ljubljana) Rector of the University of Ljubljana
Prof. Dr. Stefano  Ruffo  (SISSA)  Rector of the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
HDR Dr. Mathieu Schneider (U.-Strasbourg) Vice-President of the University of Strasbourg
Prof. Dr. Sabine Seidler (TU-Vienna) Rector of the Technical University of Vienna
Prof. Dr. Christian Spannagel (PH Heidelberg) Vice-Rector of the University of Education Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Ludovic Thilly (U.-Poitiers) Chair of the Executive Board
Prof. Dr. Antonio Vicino (U.-Siena) President of the Italian National University Council
Prof. Dr. Johannes   Wessels  (U.-Münster)  Rector of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Prof. Dr. Cisca Wijmenga (U.-Groningen) Rector of the University of Groningen
ERC leadership
Prof. Dr. Genevieve Almouzni (CNRS I. Curie) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Paola Bovolenta (CSIC) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Andrzej Jajszczyk (AGH U. of Sci. and Tech.) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Eystein Jansen (U.-Bergen) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Michael Kramer (MPFIR & U.-Manchester) Member of the ERC Scientific Council and Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Prof. Dr. Kurt Mehlhorn (MPI-INF) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Barbara Romanowicz (Collège de France) Member of the ERC Scientific Council and recipient of the 2019 AGU William Bowie Medal
Prof. Dr. Giulio Superti-Furga (CEMM) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Jesper Svejstrup (Francis Crick I.) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Naektarios Tavernarakis (U.-Crete) Member of the ERC Scientific Council
Prof. Dr. Janet Thornton (EMBL-EBI) Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council for the Life Sciences domain
Prof. Dr. Fabio  Zwirner  (U.-Padova)  Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council for the Physical Sciences and Engineering domain
Institute, Department and Industry Leadership
Prof. Dr. Antxon Alberdi (IAA-CSIC) Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía
Prof. Dr. Eduard Arzt (INM & U.-Saarland) Scientific Director and Chairman (CEO) of theLeibniz Institute for New Materials
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Aumayr (TU-Vienna) Director of the Institute of Applied Physics
Prof. Dr. Andre Bardow (RWTH Aachen & FZ Jülich) Director of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics (RWTH) and Director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (FZ Jülich)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum (MPIK) Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Prof. Dr. Immanuel  Bloch (MPIQ & LMU)  Director of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and recipient of the 2015 TIH Harvey Prize, 2013 Körber-Prize for European Science,2007 Philip Morris Research Prize, 2005 German Federal Order of Merit, 2005 DFG Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Prize and 2002 Otto-Hahn-Medal of the MPI
Prof. Dr. Daniel  Boer  (U.-Groningen)  Director of the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity
Prof. Dr. Mark  Boneschanscher (Eindhoven UoT) Managing director Institute for Renewable Energy Storage
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Bongiovanni (U.-Cagliari) Director of the Department of Physics
Prof. Dr. Martin Bridson (U.-Oxford) President of the Clay Mathematics Institute
Prof. Pierluigi Campana (INFN) Director of the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Cirac (MPIQ) Director of the Theory Division and recipient of the 2018 DPG Max Planck Medal, the 2013 Wolf Prize in Physics and the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award and an ERC Advanced Grant
Dr. Jose A Hernandez Cortes (CEBAS-CSIC) Head of the Department of Plant Breeding
Dr. Ovidiu  Crisan (INFIRM) President of the Ethics Committee, Member of Scientific Council, National Institute for Materials  
Prof. Dr. Marco de Baar (DIFFER) Director Nuclear Fusion Program of the  Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research
Prof. Dr. Donatella  Della Porta (SNS Florence) Dean of the Department of Political and Social Sciences
Prof. Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf (Princeton U.) Director of the Institute for Advanced Study
Prof. Dr. Alexander  Dreischuh (U.-Sofia) Head of the Department of Quantum Electronics
Prof. Dr. Kjeld Eikema (Vrije U.-Amsterdam)  Director of the LaserLaB Amsterdam and recipient of the 2003 EPS Fresnel Prize and of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Klaus Ensslin (ETHZ) Director of the National Center for Quantum Science and Technology
Prof. Dr. Pavel  Exner  (Czech Academy of Science)  Scientific Director of the Doppler Institute
Dr. Rino   Falcone (ISTC-CNR)  Director of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
Prof. Dr. Vincenza  Ferrara  (U.-Roma La Sapienza)  Head of Art and Medical Humanities Lab
Prof. Dr. Joost W.M. Frenken (ARCNL) Director of the Advanced Research Center for
Nanolithography and recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Freund (MPG-FHI) Director of the Fritz Haber Institute
Prof. Dr. Tamás F. Freund (Pázmány Péter Catholic U,) Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Head of the Department of Neurosciences, recipient of the 2011 Brain Prize
Prof. Dr. Patrick Georges (Institut d'Optique) Director of the Laboratoire Charles Fabry - Institut d'Optique
Prof. Dr. Gian Giudice (CERN) Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at CERN
Prof. Dr. Paul  Greenlees (U.-Jyväskylä )  Head of the JYFL Accelerator Laboratory
Prof. Dr. Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR)  Research Director of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
Prof. Dr. Sibylle Günter (MPG-IPP) Scientific Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hartke (U.-Kiel) Director of the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Niel Hens (U.-Hasselt) Director of the Center for Statistics and Vice-director of the Data Science Institute & I-BioStat
Prof. Dr. Akos Horvath (MTA) Director general of the MTA Center for Energy Research
Prof. Dr. Katri   Huitu  (U.-Helsinki)  Director of Helsinki Institute of Physics
Dr. Hagen Hultzsch Former member of the board of directors of Deutsche Telekom
Prof. Dr. Luis  Ibáñez (U. Autonoma Madrid) Director of the Instituto de Física Teórica
Prof. Dr. Lemahieu  Ignace  (U.-Gent)  Director of Research of University of Gent
Prof. Dr. Aurelian  Isar (IFIN-HH Bucharest) Head of Department of Theoretical Physics
Prof. Dr. Huib  Kerstjens (UMC Groningen) Head of the Department of Pulmonology
Prof. Dr. Peter Knott (FHR) Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques
Prof. Dr. Janwillem Kocks (GPRI) Director General of the Practitioners Research Institute
Mr. Alexander Kohls (CERN) Head of the Scientific Information Service
Prof. Dr. Pawel Kowalczyk (U.-Warsaw) Director of the Institute of Experimental Physics
Prof. Dr. Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen) Head of the Department of Physics
Prof. Dr. Gabriel P. Krestin (Erasmus MC) Chairman Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
Prof. Dr. Reiner Kruecken (TRIUMF) Deputy Director of Research of TRIUMF
Prof. Dr. Kai Leichsenring (ECSWPR) Executive Director of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
Prof. Dr. Jacek Lewicki (SGH WSE) Acting Director of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner (MPG-MPIK) Director of the MPI for Nuclear Physics
Dr. Nicoleta  Lupu (NIRDTP) General Director of the National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics Iasi, Romania
Prof. Dr. Dieter Lüst (LMU & MPI ) Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and Recipient of the 2000 DFG Leibnitz-Prize and 2006 Humboldt-Gay-Lussac Prize of the French Minister of Sciences
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt (FZ. Jülich) Director of the Forschungszentrum Jülich
Prof. Dr. José María Martell (CSIC-UAM-UC3M-UCM) Vice-Director of the Instituto de Ciencias Matematicas and recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Gines Martinez (SUBATECH) Director of SUBATECH
Prof. Dr. Tomasz Matulewicz (U.-Warsaw) Chairman of the Scientific Council, of the National Centre for Nuclear Research
Prof. Dr. Ludek Matyska (U.-Masaryk) Director of the Institute of Computer Science
Prof. Dr. Marko  Mikuž (U.-Ljubljana & SI) Head of Particle Physics Department at Josef Stefan Institute
Dr. Ramon Miquel (IFAE Barcelona) Director of the Institut de Física
d’Altes Energies Barcelona
Dr. Ioan Valentin Moise (NIPNE) Head of IRASM Radiation Processing Department
Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Lindberg Møller (U.-Copenhagen) Head of Center for Synthetic Biology and recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Lars Montelius (INL) Director of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
Dr. Monica Garcia Mota (SIMUNE) Scientific Director of SIMUNE Atomistic Simulations
Dr. David Mousdale (Beocarta) Managing Director of Beocarta Ltd.
Prof. Dr. Stephen  Myers (ADAM SA) Executive Chair of ADAM SA, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, recipient of the 2013 Asturias Priye of Spain, 2012 EPS Edison Volta Prize and the 2003 IoP Duddell Medal and Prize 
Prof. Dr. Angel Gomez Nicola (U. Compolutense Madrid) Dean of the Faculty of Physics
Dr. Denis  Novitsky (NAS Belarus) Head ot the B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics
Prof. Dr. Stanislav Pakuliak (JINR) Director of the University Centre at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
Prof. Dr. Josep M.  Paredes (U.-Barcelona) Director of the Department Quantum Physics and Astrophysics
Prof. Dr. Katia  Parodi (LMU) Head of the Department of Medical Physics
Prof. Dr. Ramon   Pascual (IFAE) Honorary President ALBA Synchrotron Light Source
Prof. Dr. Stephan Paul (TU-Munich)  Head of the Institute for Hadronic Structure and Fundamental Symmetries
Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina Pedicchio (U.-Trieste & OGF) President of the National Institute of Oceanography and of Experimental Heophysics
Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeiffer (MPG-MPIK) Director of the MPI for Nuclear Physics
Prof. Dr. Heinz  Pitsch (RWTH Aachen) Chair of the German Section of the Combustion Institute and recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant)
Prof. Dr. Gorazd  Planinšič (U.-Ljubljana) Leader of Physics Education Program
Dr. Mathis Plapp (CNRS) Director of the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics at Ecole Polytechnique
Dr. Panayiota Poirazi (IMBB) Research Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and recipient of an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Alfio Quarteroni (Politecnico Milano & EPFL) Director of the Laboratory for Modeling and Scientific Computing (MOX)
Prof. Dr. Jyrki Räisänen (U.-Helsinki) Head of the Department of Physics
Prof. Dr. Ernst  Rank (TU-Munich)  Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study and recipient of the 2009 Konrad Zuse Medal and 2009 German Federal Cross of Merit
Prof. Dr. Ignasi Ribas  (ICE, CSIC & IEEC) Director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC)
Prof. Dr. Jose Luis Riechmann (CRAG) Director of the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics
Prof. Dr. James Ritman (Ruhr.-U. Bochum & FZ Jülich) Director of the Nuclear Physics Institute 1
Prof. Dr. Teresa Rodrigo (U.-Cantabria) Director of the Instituto de Física de Cantabria
Prof. Dr. Giogio Roth (U.-Genoa) Dean of the Polytechnic School of Engineering
and Architecture
Prof. Dr. Constantin A. Rothkopf (TU-Darmstadt) Director of the Center for Cognitive Science
Prof. Dr. Angel Rubio (MPSD) Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter and recipient of the 2016 SRPS Medal, the 2014 Premio Rey Jaime I, the 2006 DuPont Prize in Nanotechnology and 2005 AvH Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award and of two ERC Advanced Grants
Prof. Dr. Carlos A. Salgado (U.-Santiago de Compostela) Director of the Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Energías and recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Paolo Samorì (U.-Strasbourg) Director of the Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires
Prof. Dr. Stefan  Scheel (U.-Rostock) Director of the Institute of Physics
Prof. Dr. David Scheschkewitz (U.-Saarland) Head of the Chemistry Department
Prof. Dr. Thorsten  Schumm (U.-Vienna)  Director of the Atominstitut (ATI)
Dr. Luis Serrano (CRG) Director of the Center for
Genomic Regulation Barcelona
Prof. Dr. Daniel  Sevcovic (Comenius U. Bratislava) Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics
Prof. Dr. Catalin Stan  Sion (NIPNE) Head of AMS Laboratory
Prof. Dr. Matthias  Steinmetz  (U.-Potsdam)  Director of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
Prof. Dr. Hans  Stroeher  (FZ. Jülich) Director at IKP
Prof. Dr. Thomas  Südmeyer (U.-Neuchatel) Director of the Institute of Physics
Prof. Dr. Marcel Swart (U.-Girona) Director of the Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi
Prof. Giulio Tremonti (U.-Pavia) Chairman of the Aspen Institute Italia and former Minister of Economy and Finances
Prof. Dr. Emmanuel  Ullmo (IHES) Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
Prof. Dr. Tanja Urbančič (U.-Nova Gorcia)  Dean of School of Engineering and Management
Dr. Ruud van den Bulk (U.-Wageningen) Head Business Development & Legal Affairs Plant Sciences
Hans van der Voort (SVI) CEO of Scientific Volume Imaging BV
Prof. Dr. Marie-Hélène  Verlhac (CIRB) Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology
Prof. Dr. Kevin Verstrepen (KU Leuven) Director of the KU Leuven - VIB Center for Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Wagner (U.-Vienna) Head of the  Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, recipient of the 2018 ISME Jin Tiedje Award, the 2015 AAS Schrödinger award and an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Thomas Walther (TU-Darmstadt) Chair of the Department of Physics
Prof. Dr. Jochen  Wambach (ECT*)  Director of ECT*
Prof. Dr. Simon  White  (MPA)  Director of the MPI for Astrophysics
Prof. Dr. Gina Wisker (U.-Brighton) Head of centre for learning and teaching
Prof. Dr. Menno Witter (NTNU) Director of the  Norwegian Research school in Neuroscience
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wolters (U.-Vienna) Head of the Department of Numismatics and Monetary History
Prof. Dr. Carsten Ziolek (NTB) Head of the Institute for Production Metrology, Materials and Optics (PWO)
Prize and ERC Grant Recipients
Dr. Johannes   Albrecht   (U.-Dortmund)  Recipient of an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Ignatios  Antoniadis (LPTHE, CNRS & Sorbonne U.) Recipient of the 1995 Bodossaki-Foundation Prize, the 2000 CNRS Silver Medal and the 2002 FPS Special Prize and an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Elke-Caroline Aschenauer (BNL) Recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Prize
Prof. Dr. Alain Aspect (Institut d'Optique) Recipient of the 2013 Balzann Prize for Informatics and Quantum Communication, the 2012 Albert Einstein Medal and the 2010 Wolf Prize in Physics
Dr. Claudia Bank (IGC) Recipient of the 2019 SMBE Allan Wilson Junior Award and of an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Elisabetta Baracchini (GSSI) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Riccardo Barbieri  (SNS Pisa)  Recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Prize and 2017 Physics Prize of "Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei"
Prof. Dr. Martin Beneke (TU-Munich)  Recipient of the 2008 TUM Leibniz Prize
Prof. Dr. Gérard Berry (CdF) Recipient of the 2014 CNRS Gold Medal
Prof. Dr. Frank Bigiel (U.-Bonn) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Jean-Paul Blaizot  (CEA)  Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Peter  Braun-Munzinger (GSI)  Recipient of the 2019 DPG Stern-Gerlach-Medal and 2014 EPS Lise Meitner Prize
Prof. Dr. Édouard Brézin  (U. Paris 6)  Officer of the Legion of Honor France and recipient of the 2011 ICTP Dirac Medal
Prof. Dr. Marco Brightman (U.-Bologna)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Andrzej J.  Buras (IAS) Recipient of the 2007 DPG-PTP Smoluchowski-Warburg Medal and an ERC advanced grant
Prof. Dr. John Joseph M.  Carrasco (NWU & CEA) Recipient of an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Jean-Sebastien Caux (U.-Amsterdam) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Serkant  Cetin (Istanbul Bilgi U.)  Recipient of the 2017 Turkish Physical Society Honour Award
Prof. Dr. Jean  Dalibard (Ecole Normale Supérieure)  Recipient of the 2012 OSA Max-Born Award, the 2000 SFP Jean Richard prize and the 2012 APS Davisson Germer Prize
Prof. Dr. Paolo  de Bernardis (U.-Roma La Sapienza)  Recipient of the 2006 Balzan Prize for Cosmology
Prof. Dr. Herbert Dreiner (U.-Bonn) Recipient of the 2009 EPS HEP Outreach Prize
Prof. Dr. Sara Ducci (U.-Paris) Recipient of the FPS Louis Ancel Prize
Prof. Dr Bertrand Duplantier (Paris-Saclay U.) Recipient of the 1987 FAS Doistau-Blutet Prize and Chevalier des Palmes Académiques
Prof. Dr. Roland Erne (UC Dublin) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Dr. Åke  Fagereng (U.-Cardiff) Recipient of the 2016 EGU Outstanding Young Scientist Award and of an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Amand Fäßler (U.-Tübingen)  Recipient of the 1984 DPG-IoP Max-Born-Prize
Prof. Dr. Sergio Ferrara  (CERN & INFN-LNF) Recipient of the 2019 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, 2016 Ettore Majorana Medal, 2015 INAF Margherita Hack Prize, 2008 SIGRAV Amaldi Medal, 2005 SIF Enrico Fermi Prize, 2006 APS Dannie Heinemann Prize, the 1993 ICTP Dirac Medal and an ERC Advanced Grant, Commendatore OMRI 
Prof. Dr. Antoine Georges (CdF) Recipient of the 2006 European Condensed Matter Physics Prize and of an ERC Synergy Grant 
Dr. Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus (CERN) Recipient of the 2015 HEPP Young Experimental Physicist Prize
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heinz (U.-Ohio) Recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Prize
Prof. Dr. Christoph K. Hitzenberger (Med. U.-Vienna) Recipient of the 2017 US NAE Russ Prize
Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff (U.-Erlangen) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Jean  Iliopoulos  (Ecole Normale Supérieure)  Recipient of the 2007 ICTP Dirac Medal, the 2011 EPS High Energy Physics Prize and 1987 APS J J Sakurai Prize
Prof. Dr. Roman Jerala (KI) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Romain Jolivet (Ecole Normale Supérieure)  Recipient of the 2017 AGU Jason Morgan early career award and an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Max Klein (U-Liverpool)  Recipient of the 2013 DPG Max-Born-Prize and the 1984 Max-von-Laude Medal
Prof. Dr. Konrad  Kleinknecht (U.-Mainz)  Recipient of the 2008 DPG Stern-Gerlach-Medal , the 2005 EPS High Energy and Particle Physics prize,the 2001 DPG-SFP Gentner-Kastler-Preis and the 1990 DFG Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Prize
Prof. Dr. Ralf S. Klessen (U.-Heidelberg) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus (U.-Bielefeld) Recipient of the 2018 Alfred C. Egerton‐Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute, the 2016 National Friendship Award of the PRC, recipient of the 2007 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and 2011 IUPAC Distinguished Woman in Chemistry / Chemical Engineering
Prof. Dr. Anna Krylov (USC) Recipient of the 2019 Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics, the 2012 ACS  Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry, the 2011 AvH Bessel Research Award and the 2006 Dirac Medal
Prof. Dr. Tuomas  Lappi (U.-Jyväskylä)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator grant
Prof. Dr. Anne L'Huillier (U.-Lund)  Recipient  of the 2013 Blaise Pascal Medal and the 2011 UNESCO L'Oreal Award
Prof. Dr. Christian Liedtke (TU-Munich)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Eligio Lisi (INFN) Recipient of the 2017 JINR Bruno Pontecorvo Prize
Prof. Dr. Detlef Lohse (U.-Twente) Recipient of the 2019 Max-Planck-Medal, the 2018 Balzan Prize and knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
Dr. David Sancho  Madrid (CNIC) Recipient of an ERC Starting Grant
Dr. Stephan  Malbrunot-Ettenauer (CERN) Recipient of an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Paola Marigo (U.-Padova)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Ulf-G.  Meißner  (U-Bonn & FZ Jülich)  Recipient of the 2016 EPS Lise Meitner Prize
Prof. Dr. Piet  Mulders (Vrije U.-Amsterdam)  Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Dr. Joe  Paton (Champalimaud Research) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Guido Pupillo (U.-Strasbourg) Recipient of an ERC Starting Grant
Dr. Emanuele Quercigh (CERN) Recipient of the 2003 Gold medal of the
Faculty of Science - P.J.  Šafárik University in Košice
Prof. Dr. Chris  Quigg  (Fermilab)  Recipient of the 2011 APS J. J. Sakurai Prize and a 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Award
Prof. Dr. Krzysztof  Redlich (U.-Wroclaw)  Recipient of a 2009 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and 2002 Polish Ministry of Science Award
Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Reichhart (U.-Strasbourg) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Luciano  Rezzolla (U.-Frankfurt) Recipient of the 2017 Karl Schwarzschild Prize and an ERC Synergy Grant
Prof. Dr. Peter Ring (TU-Munich)  Recipient of the 2018 EPS Lise Meitner Prize
Prof. Dr. Antonio  Riotto (U.-Geneve)  Recipient of the 2018 Buchalter Cosmology Prize
Prof. Dr. Carlo Rovelli (U.-Aix-Marseille) Recipient of the 2015 “Premio Alassio centolibri per l’informazione scientifica” prize and the 2011 Prix du jury du jury du festival d’Astronomie de la Haute Maurienne 
Prof. Dr. Karel Safarik (Czech TU) Recipient of the 2014 Slovak Physical Society medal, 2013 Slovak national award: Order of L. Stur and the 2013 Czech Physical Society medal
Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Stefan  Schönert  (TU-Munich)  Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grantand 2016 Max Planck Fellow
Prof. Dr. Herwig Schopper (U.-Hamburg) Recipient of the 2019 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy, the 2005 UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal, the 1991 Wilhelm Exner Medal and the 1989 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
PD Dr. Martin Schultz (FZ. Jülich) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Dr. Fekrije  Selimi (CNRS) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Lesya Shchutska (EPFL) Recipient of the 2019 EPS Young Experimental Physicist Prize and an ERC Starting Grant
Prof. Dr. Ian Sims (U.-Rennes) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Torbjörn  Sjöstrand (U.-Lund)  Recipient of the 2012 APS J.J. Sakurai Prize
Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel (U.-Heidelberg) Recipient of the 2019 DPG Stern-Gerlach-Medal
Dr. A. Julia Stähler (MPI-FHI) Recipient of the 2016 GVS Gaede Prize
Prof. Dr. Saleh Sultansoy (TOBB ETÜ) Recipient of the 2012 TPS Prof. Dr. Engin ARIK Scientist Award
Prof. Dr. Sherry Suyu (MPA & TU-Munich)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Dr. Károly Takács (U.-Linköping) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Glenn  van de Ven (U.-Vienna)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Veneziano (CERN & CdF) Recipient of the 2014 ICTP Dirac-Medal and the 2004 APS Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, the 2000 Gold medal della Repubblica Italiana come Benemerito della Cultura, Commendatore al merito della Repubblica Italiana
Prof. Karen Veroy-Grepl (RWTH Aachen) Recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant
Prof. Dr. Aleksi  Vuorinen (U.-Helsinki)  Recipient of an ERC Consolidator grant and a AvH Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Weise (TU-Munich)  Recipient of the 1995 Alexander von Humboldt-J. C. Mutis Prize and 2002 JSPS Research Fellow
Prof. Dr. Christof  Wetterich (U-Heidelberg) Recipient of the 2005 Max-Planck Research Awardand an ERC advanced grant
Prof. Dr. Eric Wolff (U.-Cambridge) Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant
Prof. Dr. Jean-Bernard Zuber (Sorbonne U.)  Recipient of the 1989 FAS Dostaut-Blutet Prize and 1991 FPS Paul Langevin Prize and since 1999 Chevalier des Palmes Academiques