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Scientific Advisory Council

The Board is advised and aided by an international body of distinguished academics known as the Scientific Advisory Council. The Council was assembled under the chairmanship of Prof. Hubert Curien; he was succeeded by Prof. Jose Mariano Gago. The Council is currently chaired by Prof. Didier Roux. The current membership of the Council includes:


Prof. Didier Roux - Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council
Delegate for Scientific Information and Communication of the French Academy of Sciences

Didier Roux currently serves as the Delegate for Scientific Information and Communication at the Académie des Sciences. Prof. Roux also served as the Vice President of Research & Development and Innovation and Director of Innovation of the Saint-Gobain Group in France and he is a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

A chemist by training, he has explored various facets of science and its interfaces (chemistry, physics, biology, industry, etc.) and has been awarded many prizes and distinctions including the Grand Prix IBM materials, the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences Mergier Bourdeix and the Silver Medal of CNRS.

Prof. Ruth Arnon
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
President, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Ruth Arnon, a prominent immunologist, is the President of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Paul Ehrlich Professor of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her scientific research has focused on the development of advanced vaccines, cancer research and parasitic diseases. She jointly developed Copaxone, a drug prescribed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Prof. Edouard Brézin
École Normale Supérieure, France
Former President, French Academy of Sciences

Edouard Brezin has served in numerous scientific administrative positions including the Presidency of the Administrative Council of CNRS. He was elected a member of the French National Academy of Sciences in 1991 and served as its President from 2004 to 2006. He is the recipient of many distinctions and awards, both from the US and European Academies. In 2011, he was awarded the Dirac Medal for his scientific contributions to theoretical physics. In December 2012, the President of the Republic of Cyprus presented Brezin with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Cyprus for his contribution in science, technology and education in Cyprus and the wider region. In January 2013 he was named as "Commander of the French Legion of Honor", one of the highest distinctions of the French Republic

Prof. Hany Mahfouz Helal
Cairo University, Egypt
Former Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt
Hany Helal served as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt. He is a Professor of Engineering at Cairo University and served as the Head of Singor University in Alexandria, Egypt.
Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou
Harvard University, USA
Ioli Kalavrezou is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Early Christian and Byzantine Art History at Harvard University. She has held professorships at UCLA and the University of Munich. Her research and publications focus on the arts of the empire of Byzantium.
Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas

Costas N. Papanicolas, the President of CyI, is a nuclear physicist with over 35 years of experience as a researcher, an educator and a scientific administrator in the University of Illinois and the University of Athens. He directed the Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications of Greece and the Physics Laboratory of the University of Athens. He chaired the Accreditation Council for Tertiary Education of the Republic of Cyprus and served the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology of the Hellenic Republic. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea).


On behalf of the SEPs

Dr Michel Jarraud - Chair of the EEWRC SEP
Secretary General Emeritus, World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Dr Michel Jarraud is the Secretary-General Emeritus of WMO from 2016. He served as the Deputy Secretary-General of WMO (1995-2003), the Secretary-General of WMO and as a Member of the Chief Executive Board (CEB) of the UN System (2004-2015).

He also served as the Chairman of UN-Water, the coordination body for all water related issues in the UN System Secretary-General Emeritus WMO (2012-2015). In 2016, he was awarded among other distinctions, with the highest distinction - Silver medal of the European Meteorological Society (EMS), for his contribution to the development of European meteorology.
Michel Jarraud
Prof. Thomas Lippert – Chair of the CaSToRC SEP
Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation
Head of Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Thomas Lippert received his diploma in Theoretical Physics in 1987 from the University of Wuerzburg. He completed Ph.D. theses in theoretical physics at Wuppertal University in the field of computer science. Since 2004 he is director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungzentrum Juelich. Thomas Lippert is the executing director of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing of the Helmholtz Association (NIC) and the director of the Juelich Aachen Research Alliance section HPC (JARA-HPC). Moreover he heads the division "High Performance Computing" within the Human Brain Project, one of the two EU FET Flagship Projects. He is the coordinator of the implementation projects 1IP- 3IP of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). He also acts as coordinator in the EU Exascale Project DEEP and DEEP-ER. His research interests include the simulation of field theories, numerical and parallel algorithms as well as computer architectures and system software.

Thomas Lippert
Prof. Sturt Manning – Chair of the STARC SEP
Chair, Department of Classics, and Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology
Director, Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology
Director, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, until June 30, 2015
Sturt Manning