During the Board of Directors meeting of ERCIM in Porto on 20 and 21 November, the current President of ERCIM, Keith G. Jeffery (STFC, UK) was re-elected as President for a further two-year term starting 1st January 2009.

ERCIM, together with INRIA Transfert, a subsidiary of INRIA to create and develop IT companies, had a private meeting in Sophia Antipolis with Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, during the conference 'Towards World Class Clusters' organised by the French Presidency of the European Union on 13 November. Commissioner Verheugen was very interested in ERCIM's positioning as a 'European network of research' becoming also a 'European network of innovation'. He invited ERCIM to participate in a working session on innovation to be organised by his Directorate General in Brussels for a small number of invited participants.

From left: Keith Jeffery (ERCIM President), Laurent Kott (INRIA Transfert), Günter Verheugen and Jérôme Chailloux (ERCIM Manager).
From left: Keith Jeffery (ERCIM President), Laurent Kott (INRIA Transfert), Günter Verheugen and Jérôme Chailloux (ERCIM Manager).

In December 2008, the IT staff at STFC - who had been centred in the historic Atlas Building - held a small event to celebrate the achievements since the installation of UK's first supercomputer in 1964. In January the staff move to a new building labelled R89.

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