ENS High Scientific Council appointments
The ENS’s High Scientific Council (HSC) –
its think-tank comprising scientists of high repute – has
recently appointed two additional members to its ranks.
Social researcher Andrés García,
a graduate of sociology and political sciences from the
Complutense University of Madrid, has dedicated much of
his work to the domains of marketing and public opinion,
and has been active in several research institutes. Since
1990 he has been the scientific co-ordinator at the Centro
Europeo de Investigación Social de Situaciones de
Emergencia (CEISE), which comes under the aegis of the Spanish
Interior Ministry. CEISE is part of a network of research
centres operating under the Council of Europe’s Open
Partial Agreement (OPA) on Major Hazards. Prof. García’s
post at this centre has enabled his involvement in extensive
research into emergency situations. His work there has also
entailed studies on the social perception of natural and
technological risks – the latter relating mainly to
nuclear - in Spain and worldwide.
In addition to having a Ph.D.
in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Dr
Mircea Constantinescu is a specialist in communications
and public relations. Formerly an associate professor with
the University of Bucharest’s Faculty of Letters and
a professor of computer sciences at the Politechnical University
of Bucharest, Dr Contantinescu has also studied in New York
and Montreal. His North American specialist training was
undertaken with, among others, the leading multinational
advertising and PR giants Young & Rubicam and Burson-Marsteller.
He is now
Dr Mircea Constantinescu
president of the GALAXIA Foundation. The
Foundation – operating under the Romanian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs – supports activities in public
relations, advertising, journalism and mass communication,
as well as analysing and establishing Romania’s image
at home and abroad.
The HSC advises the ENS on developments in the various
scientific fields related to the use of nuclear technologies -
encompassing physics, biology, medicine, engineering and the social
sciences. Drawing its members from several European countries,
it is also charged with preparing position papers clarifying the
ENS’s stance - to the outside world - on current scientific
and technological matters and their societal impact. The HSC’s
recent position papers are on nuclear energy and climate change,
and on the fusion reactor ITER.
More information on the ENS
High Scientific Council can be found on the ENS