Mats Gyllenberg appointed Chairman of the PESC committee of the European Science Foundation

The distinguished researcher in biomathematics is the first Finn to act as Chairman for the Committee

Mats Gyllenberg appointed Chairman of the PESC committee of the European Science Foundation

Professor Mats Gyllenberg has been appointed Chairman of the permanent PESC committee of the European Science Foundation (ESF). The appointment covers a three-year period starting in 2009. The Committee introduces new programmes and networks, and through its opinions, it also has a more extensive influence in the ESF's research policies.

The PESC is one of the five science units of the ESF, and its fields of interest include physics, chemistry, mathematics, technical sciences, computer sciences and material sciences. Gyllenberg has a comprehensive picture of the operations of the Committee from when he was a member in the period from 2001 to 2003.

At the University of Helsinki, Professor Gyllenberg works in applied mathematics and is the leader of the biomathematics team. The PESC committee also cooperates with the LESC committee, which represents the field of biological and environmental sciences.

Professor Marja Makarow, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, is very satisfied that the Finn was selected.

“Professor Gyllenberg is an excellent choice for this assignment, since his comprehensive scientific background provides great support in managing a multidisciplinary committee.

Moreover, his experience in the committee operations of the European Science Foundation is tailor-made for promoting research cooperation, which has considerable opportunities,” says Makarow.

In his field, Professor Gyllenberg has received national and international recognition. Among other achievements, he is Chairman of the Finnish Mathematical Society, a member of the European Mathematical Society, and a member of the mathematics peer review evaluation panel of the European Research Council. At the moment, Professor Gyllenberg works for an analysis and dynamics research unit, which is one of the leading units in national research.

“The appointment is significant for Finland and also fine recognition for the mathematics research carried out here,” Makarow points out.

Text: Riikka Hemmilä
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Translation: AAC Noodi Oy

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