Professor Luke O’Neill appointed to ERC Scientific Council

Posted on: 08 December 2022

Composed of 22 distinguished researchers representing the European scientific community, the Council is the independent governing body of the European Research Council (ERC). Its main role is setting the ERC strategy and selecting the peer review evaluators.

Professor O’Neill was selected as one of five new members for this important role by an independent Identification Committee composed of six distinguished scientists appointed by the European Commission and chaired by Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin.

Luke, who is Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity, where he is based in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be the Irish representative on the governing body of the European Research Council, the EU’s leading funder of research. I look forward to serving the council in the coming years, helping to guide policy and ensure future funding.”

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

The ERC Scientific Council is composed of outstanding European scientists and scholars who oversee Europe’s premier frontier research funding organisation. To name just one recent example of its success - three of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates have received substantial funding for their research from the European Research Council. Today, I am delighted to give a warm welcome to the five new members who bring to the ERC Scientific Council exceptional scientific expertise, which will complement that of the sitting members. I also want to thank the eminent members whose second term of office expired or will expire at the end of this year for their important contribution to the ERC Scientific Council’s work.

Professor Maria Leptin, President of the ERC, said:

We very much look forward to working with the new members who come from diverse backgrounds in science and scholarship. This breadth is essential as the ERC’s independent governing body represents the entire scientific community in Europe. With these appointments, the quality and continuity of the Scientific Council is upheld, thanks to the work of the identification committee that was tasked with finding these new members.”

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