Professor Marja Makarow appointed new member of the ERAB

ERAB realizes European Research Area.

Makarow The Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, Professor Marja Makarow has been appointed member of the scientific advisory body of the European Union, the European Research Area Board (ERAB), and was elected to its Steering Committee. The 22 members of ERAB represent universities and other research organizations, industry and society.

Professor Makarow points out that one of the main objectives of ERAB is to realize the European Research Area, where researchers, students and funds can cross boarders of the Members States easily, and where synergies can be captured for instance by efficient use of common infrastructures.

Over the past decade, Makarow, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and former Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Helsinki, has held several positions of trust serving a number of national and intergovernmental research funding and research performing organisations in Europe. She is also a member of the National Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy reporting to the Ministries and Parliament in Finland.

Earlier this year Professor Makarow was appointed the chief executive of the European Science Foundation. She is the first woman to hold the top post in the science organisation’s 34-year history.

The European Science Foundation, which is based in Strasbourg, France, is an association of 78 member organisations from 30 European countries. Since its start in 1974, it has co-ordinated a wide range of pan-European scientific initiatives.

Text: Karin Hannukainen
Photo: Ida Pimenoff

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