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Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and university professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will head the InterAcademy Council, a UN commission consisting of scientists investigating the controversial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and university professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will head the InterAcademy Council, a UN commission consisting of scientists investigating the controversial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report. The commission was set up by Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general of the United Nations.

The 2007 IPCC climate report came under heavy criticism after it emerged that not all the scientific information was correct. Ban Ki-Moon said on 10 March 2010 that there are ‘a small number of mistakes' in the IPCC report. The investigation into the report should be completed by August.

About Robert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf (1960) is university professor of Mathematical Physics at the UvA, as well as president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and co-chair of the InterAcademy Council (IAC). The IAC serves, among other things, as a worldwide scientific advisory body for international issues.