ERCIM, a consortium of leading research institutions, is opening its doors to new members. The organization, which focuses on information and communication science and technology (ICST) and related areas of mathematics, has a successful track record of promoting ICT research and cooperation in Europe and beyond. Membership was previously restricted to one member per country, but that limit is now lifted to allow applications from more top level research institutions and university departments in ICT from each country.
ERCIM aims to foster collaboration within the European ICT research community and to increase cooperation with industry. It currently has 20 centres of excellence across Europe and is internationally recognized as a major representative organization in its field. ERCIM provides access to all major ICT research groups in Europe and has established an extensive program of working groups, publications, fellowships and prizes. It also hosts the European branch of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
ERCIM has an excellent track record of successful initiatives to promote ICT research and cooperation in Europe and beyond. These include:
- Working Groups: ERCIM runs Working Groups on topics ranging from computing and statistics to software evolution, preparing the way for top level research in new domains.
- The “Alain Bensoussan” Fellowship Program which has attracted more than 300 post docs since its inception, currently supported by the European Commission FP7 Marie Curie Actions .
- ERCIM News, ERCIM’s quarterly magazine with a circulation of 9000 copies, as well as free on-line access, provides a forum for the exchange of information between the institutes and also with the wider scientific community.
- The prestigious Cor Baayen Award, presented each year to a promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics.
- Cooperation with professional bodies, specifically with the European Mathematical Society (EMS), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Forum for ICST (EFICST).
- Strategic advice for European and non-European bodies, realised through studies, strategic workshops and leadership of or participation in expert groups.
- Research project management support: ERCIM has successfully applied for and managed numerous leading research projects in the range of European Framework Programs.
Benefits of ERCIM membership
ERCIM is a European-wide network internationally recognized as a representative organisation in its field so members can benefit from easy access to all major ICT research groups in Europe. Members can take part in all ERCIM activities including research projects, Working Groups or in the PhD fellowship programme supported by the European Union. They also benefit from ERCIM’s privileged partnership with standardisation bodies such as W3C and ETSI.
How to become a member
Prospective members must be outstanding research institutions within their country. Applications will be reviewed by an internal board and might include an on-site visit. Membership is renewable as long as the criteria for excellence in research and active participation in the ERCIM community, cooperating for excellence, are met.
Members must be head-quartered in Europe, where Europe is defined as the European Union Members countries and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Member countries. In exceptional circumstances the General Assembly can admit a member not fulfilling this criterion.
For further information about how to join ERCIM AISBL, please contact Domenico Laforenza, ERCIM vice-president (see below).
IIT-CNR, ERCIM Vice-President