The Hercules Science Commission assesses the scientific quality of the submitted proposals for large-scale research infrastructure and ranks the excellent ones.
In execution of Article 10 of the Hercules Regulation, and for the selection of investment initiatives concerning large-scale research infrastructure, the Flemish Minister of Economy, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade appointed on June 30, 2008 the members of the Hercules Science Commission on the proposal of the Board of directors of the Hercules Foundation.
Considering the results of the evaluation of the first call for large scale research infrastructures, in particular the desirability to enlarge the Commission Hercules
Science with scientists working in clinical research and in social sciences and humanities, the Flemish Minister for Science and Innovation appointed two additional members of the Commission, proposed by the Board of Directors of the Herculesfoundation.
The internal functioning of the Hercules Science Commission is regulated by its code of order, which was ratified by the minister on November 13, 2008.
The following persons were appointed as effective members:
- Dr. Renate Bilewicz
Professor Bioinorganic Chemistry, coordinator of international PhD studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland
- Dr. Lars Börjesson
Professor at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Condensed Matter Physics, Chair to the MAX IV Synchroton Laboratory and Steering Committee of the European Spallation Source, Vice chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI)
- Dr. Doris Keitel-Schultz
Owner of DKSS-Consulting, partner of DPM-TEC, Germany
- Dr. Victor Lamzin
Deputy Head of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) department, Hamburg, Germany
- Dr. Peter Ph. Mohler
Director of COMPASS (Comparative Survey Services) and Professor at Mannheim University, Germany
- Dr. Friedrich Pfeiffer (President)
Professor emeritus of excellence at the Technical University München, Germany
- Dr. Frans Spaepen
John C. and Helen F. Franklin Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, U.S.A.
- Dr. Bernhard Plattner
Prof. at ETH Zürich Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, Switzerland
- Dr. Lesley Yellowlees
Professor inorganic electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Head of the School for Chemistry, President of the Science Policy Board of the British Royal Society of Chemistry
- Dr. Patricia Price, Visiting Professor Oncology, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
The following persons were appointed as deputy members:
- Dr. Juha Aysto
Director of the Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland; Member of the Scientific Policy Committee of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics at Heidelberg, Germany.
- Dr. Gregory Boebinger
Professor of Physics, Florida State University, Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, U.S.A.
- Dr. Aart Kleijn
Professor at Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, Director of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), The Netherlands
- Dr. Marina A. Petrukhina
Professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Albany, U.S.A.
- Dr. Manfred Ruehle
Commissionary Head of a department of the Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Germany
- Dr. Alexandra Slawin (Deputy President)
Professor of chemical crystallography at the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
- Dr. Jenny Thomas
Professor of physics at University College London, United Kingdom
- Dr. Colin Whitehouse
Professor, Deputy Chief Executive, Science &Technology Facilities Council, United Kingdom;
- Dr. Lothar Willmitzer
Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Germany
- Dr. Nancy Ide, Professor of Computer Science, Vassar College, U.S.A.