Maria Leptin appointed next ERC president

The Commission appointed today Prof. Maria Leptin as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC). She will take the post on 1 October, when the mandate of Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon comes to an end.

“I am very honoured to be asked to become the new President of the European Research Council. My intention is to continue the fantastic success story of the ERC and support excellent frontier research to confront our global challenges,” Prof. Leptin said.

Currently, Prof. Leptin is the Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Highly respected scientist, working on developmental biology and immunology, she leads research groups at the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne, and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), in Heidelberg.

The new President joins the ERC at an important moment for its development. Over the entire long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the ERC is set to receive over €16bn from Horizon Europe, an increase of 22% vis-à-vis Horizon 2020.

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