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Next ERC president named

Mauro Ferrari, an Italian nanotechnologist who has spent most of his career in the United States, has been appointed the next president of the European Research Council.

Ferrari (pictured left) is a mathematician who originally applied his skills to physics before pioneering the use of nanotechnology in medicine following what he describes as a family tragedy involving cancer.

He was chosen to lead the EU’s flagship research funder by the research commissioner Carlos Moedas (pictured centre) and was approved by the ERC’s Scientific Council. Moedas chose from a three-person shortlist drawn from more than 50 applicants by a special committee chaired by Italian economist and former prime minister Mario Monte.

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