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New president for European Science Foundation

The President of the Netherland's National Research Council (NOW) Reinder van Duinen, has been appointed president of the European Science Foundation.

A former physicist, van Duinen has replaced former president Sir Dai Rees, a one-time former chief executive of Britain's Med...
The President of the Netherland's National Research Council (NOW) Reinder van Duinen, has been appointed president of the European Science Foundation.

A former physicist, van Duinen has replaced former president Sir Dai Rees, a one-time former chief executive of Britain's Medical Research Council, following a unanimous vote of approval by the electoral committee at the ESF's 25th annual assembly.

Since becoming president of the NOW in 1994, van Duinen has come to play an increasing role in promoting science at European level, both with the ESF and as a member of the NATO Science Committee and of EUROHORCS.

Welcoming his appointment, Eric Banda, ESF Secretary General, said: 'In Reinder van Duinen, the ESF has found a worthy successor to Sir Dai Rees. In his 30-year career Reinder has spent time on both sides of the scientific fence - in academia and in industry. He understands as well as anyone the important contribution that fundamental research can make to Europe's social and economic growth. And I am looking forward to working closely with him to ensure that the Foundation plays an even fuller role in helping unlock this potential.'
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