Professor Danny Dolev, a leading computer scientist and engineer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been appointed by the European Commission to the Scientific Council, the governing body of the European Research Council.

Dolev is the first Israeli to serve on the council, which is composed of 22 distinguished scientists and scholars.

Prof. Dolev holds the Berthold Badler Chair in Computer Science at the Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Faculty of Science at the Hebrew University. He is the chairman of the Authority for Computation, Communication and Information at the Hebrew University and has been the chairman of the National Committee for Information Technology and Infrastructure of Israel, as well as chairman of the Israel Inter-University Communication Center.

Dolev was one of seven new members to be appointed to the council. The term of office of the new members runs till the end of 2013.

The European Research Council (ERC) is the first pan-European funding organization of its kind. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the best creative researchers of any nationality and age. The Scientific Council, the ERC’s governing body, defines the scientific funding strategy and methodologies and acts on behalf of the scientific community in Europe to promote creativity and innovative research.