Nicole Grobert, Professor of Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials in the University of Oxford, has been appointed to the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. The group comprises seven members from across Europe with a broad range of expertise and provides the Commission with high quality, prompt and independent scientific advice on specific policy issues to support the development of EU policies or legislation.
Prof Grobert is a Royal Society Industry Fellow at Williams Advanced Engineering, a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a visiting Professor at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Toyo University, Japan. Her research group focuses on the synthesis, processing, and characterisation of novel carbon and non-carbon based nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanorods, graphene and other 2D nanomaterials. Moreover, she developes and investigates multifunctional hierarchical nanostructures to be implemented in the health-care and energy sectors.
Not only does Nicole Grobert’s scientific background and more than two decades of research experience qualify her for the post as scientific advisor, but she is also a vocal defender of best practices and efficient leadership. She has acted as representative of young researchers in Europe as founding member and chair of the Young Academy of Europe. She has been awarded three Royal Society Research Fellowships and obtained four ERC Grants. Moreover, she has been selected as an outstanding young scientist by the Royal Society in 2005, the STS Forum in 2008, and the World Economic Forum in 2013.
The scientific advisors, working closely together with Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, are appointed for a period of 2.5 years with the possibility of one renewal period. The advice provided by the group is aimed at identifying the most important and relevant evidence and empirical findings, including an impartial assessment of their validity and limitations, to support decision making. Moreover, the group fulfills the important function of pointing the Commission to policy issues where independent scientific advice is needed and to ensure a smooth interaction between EU policy making processes and researchers.(© AcademiaNet)