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Confirmation of new European Science and Technology Assembly Bureau

The European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA) was originally set up in 1994 as an advisory body for science and technology to assist the European Commission with the implementation of the European Union's research and technological development policy. Following its first...
The European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA) was originally set up in 1994 as an advisory body for science and technology to assist the European Commission with the implementation of the European Union's research and technological development policy. Following its first three years mandate, a new Bureau was constituted in October 1997 and a first meeting was held in Brussels, on 17 December 1997.

The new ESTA Bureau, consisting of 12 members, has one Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen. The new ESTA Chairman is Professor Sergio Barabaschi, a control engineer with broad business and research management experience. Prof. Barabaschi was the former Deputy General Manager of Ansaldo and President of Ansaldo Richerche. From 1995-1996 he was Under-Secretary of State responsible for Science and Technology and is currently a Member of the Board of ASI (Italian Space Agency).

Professor Helga Nowotny and Professor Eigil Praestgaard were elected as Vice-Chairmen. Prof. Helga Nowotny is a social scientist, specialized in social studies of science and technology. She is Professor for Social Studies of Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich and member of the Scientific Board of a number of other European Institutions. Since 1992 she has been a Permanent Fellow at the Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Studies.

Prof. Eigil Praestgaard is Professor of Chemistry at Roskilde University. A former Dean of Copenhagen University, he has been the Chairman of the Danish Research Council and of the Council for Science Policy. His main research interests are in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics/driven diffusive systems and oscillating reaction systems with phase transitions.

The Bureau will meet again on 26 January 1998 to initiate new ESTA activities and further elaborate on the ESTA Workplan. The new Workplan will mainly concentrate on advice and opinions on current RTD activities undertaken by the Commission, possible longer term ESTA own initiative activities and liaison with other international bodies and programmes.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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