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CERN takes over the presidency of EIROforum

CERN’s Director-General will chair EIROforum, the consortium of eight European intergovernmental research organisations

On 1 July 2019, CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) took over the Presidency of EIROforum from EUROfusion. Fabiola Gianotti, CERN’s Director-General, will chair EIROforum for a one-year period from July 2019 to June 2020.

EIROforum, which was created in 2002, is a consortium that unites eight of Europe’s large intergovernmental research organisations in promoting the quality and impact of European research.

“I am very honoured to take over as  Chair of EIROforum from Tony Donné of EUROfusion, and I will do my best to continue the excellent work done by my predecessors,” says EIROforum’s new Chair, Fabiola Gianotti. “Important activities and initiatives that EIROforum will pursue in the coming year include continuing support and promotion of science, technology, and STEM training and education. We will also seek to strengthen cooperation with the European Commission, establish partnerships with other stakeholders in Europe and beyond, and we’ll be preparing the future of the ATTRACT project and other initiatives for the Horizon Europe programme.”

“By joining forces, each EIROforum member contributes with greater impact to the discussion on future directions of science in Europe,” says previous EIROforum Chair Tony Donné (EUROfusion Programme Manager). “I am sure this impact will continue to be strengthened under CERN’s leadership,” he concludes.