Sylvie Lorente appointed to the the Scientific Council, the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC) #

Prof. Lorente, member of the Physics and Engineering Sciences section since 2019, has been appointed by the European Commission for an initial period of four years and her mandate runs retroactively from 1 July 2022.

Prof. Sylvie Lorente
Prof. Sylvie Lorente

Prof. Lorente is Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at the College of Engineering at Villanova University, USA, where she is also College of Engineering Chair Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering. Furthermore, she is Professor (Exceptional Class) at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), University of Toulouse, France.

The ERC Scientific Council, composed of 22 distinguished scientists and scholars representing the European scientific community, is the independent governing body of the ERC. Its central role is setting the ERC strategy and selecting peer review evaluators.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “I am pleased to welcome Sylvie Lorente to the ERC Scientific Council. She will help complement the expertise of the other sitting members, the outstanding female and male researchers who govern Europe’s premier organisation for funding frontier research.

Prof. Maria Leptin MAE, President of the ERC, said: “We look forward to having Prof. Lorente as our colleague in the Scientific Council. The members of the ERC’s independent governing body cover the full breadth of science and scholarship, representing the scientific community in Europe. Thanks go to the identification committee for its important work proposing new members to ensure continuity and quality.

About the ERC#

The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age to run projects based across Europe. The ERC offers four main grant schemes: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Synergy Grants. Since November 2021, Maria Leptin has been the President of the ERC and Chair of its Scientific Council. The overall ERC budget from 2021 to 2027 is more than €16 billion, as part of the Horizon Europe programme, under the responsibility of the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.

The following members of Academia Europaea are among the present 22 members of the European Research Council:#


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