Michel Cosnard elected President of ERCIM
Michel Cosnard, President of Inria was elected President of ERCIM at the last ERCIM Board of Directors, held in Brno, Czech Republic, November 4 2010. Michel Cosnard will take office as ERCIM president 1st January 2011 for a two-year term. Michel will succeed Keith Jeffery who served as ERCIM President since January 2005.
For some time, the Strategy Task Group (an elected subset of the Board of Directors) has been discussing the future of ERCIM. Indeed there is some pressure from more organisations to join ERCIM (the current construction is 1 member per country) and the current structure of an EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping) of 7 members plus 13 associates is now inappropriate for ERCIM mission and objectives.
At the recent Board of Directors Meeting the following plan was approved:
- form a not-for-profit association - with an office registered in Brussels - open to any suitable organisation based on criteria of excellence and with an executive elected from the membership;
- retain the EEIG of 7 members to look after the W3C Europe host and office with legacy project responsibilities at least for some years;
Jan Karel Lenstra (CWI) becomes Vice President with responsibility to push through the activity for the creation of the non-for-profit association registred in Brussels.
Andi Rauber (AARIT) becomes VP with responsibility for attracting new members.
Keith Jeffery (STFC) becomes VP for external relations.
The plan is to form the association by June 2011 when there will be elections for the President and VPs for the new organisation. At this time the relationship of the EEIG to the new ERCIM will also be determined.
« ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics - aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. For more than 30 years, ERCIM has a leardership position for cooperating for excellence in research and is a recognized expert in Information and communication technologies.
ICT are now a worldwide research and innovation priority. Its impact on society is tremendous and the number of key players has increased exponentially. To maintain its position, remain THE recognized expert in Europe and increase its impact on European strategy and policy, ERCIM has to evolve in particular its membership by attratcing the best research performing organizations.
ERCIM has been also the World Wide Web Consortium European host. The evolution of web standards is key to maintain an open web and to lead it to its full potential. Transforming the consortium into a more long term international standardization organization is a challenging objective. », Michel Cosnard says.