The European Commission has appointed Martin Stokhof, professor of Philosophy of Language at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), as a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC). Stokhof, whose term will run until the end of 2017, is one of three new appointments.
The new members were selected by an independent committee. The ERC’s Scientific Council consists of its president and 21 leading scientists and scholars, collectively representing the European academic community. Their role is to determine how academic research is funded and to establish methodologies and procedures for the peer-review evaluation of research proposals, as well as the academic methodologies for reports and monitoring.
Stokhof’s focus within the Scientific Council will mainly be on the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Decisions are, however, made by the Scientific Council as a whole. For a number of areas – such as ethics and academic integrity, policy in relation to open access, participation and globalisation, etc. – the Scientific Council formulates and implements policy for all academic fields.
Martin Stokhof has been professor of Philosophy of Language at the UvA since 1998, and previously worked at Radboud University Nijmegen. In May 2006, he was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Stokhof is credited with a large number of publications and books, including his handbook Taal en Betekenis. Een inleiding in de taalfilosofie, which was published in 2000.
The European Research Council (ERC) promotes high-quality research in Europe by allocating funding and by supporting ground-breaking research. The ERC mainly honours applications for research that is interdisciplinary in nature, explores ideas in new, emerging research areas or seeks solutions using an unconventional and innovative approach.
The ERC distributes various grants and scholarships on the basis of an open contest for projects undertaken by new as well as experienced researchers, regardless of their nationality or age. Only one single criterion applies and that is: research excellence.