Identification Committee

The Identification Committee assists the Commission in selecting the members of the High Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism


The Identification Committee assists the Commission in the selection of members of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (formerly the High Level Group).

The three members of the Identification Committee are Sir David King, Professor Rianne Letschert and Mr António Vitorino.

For each selection process, an open call for nominations is published on the SAM website. So far, two calls have taken place:

  • 1st call – 14 July 2015 – deadline 10 September 2015
  • 2nd call – 28 November 2017 – deadline 22 January 2018

The nominations are made by sponsors completing a statement of the qualifications (PDF icon 72 KB) of their candidates.

The Identification Committee conducts its work in accordance with its Terms of Reference (PDF icon 111 KB) and Statement of Methodology (PDF icon 193 KB) .

The Committee submits a confidential short list of suitable candidates for membership of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the Commissioner for Research and Innovation who appoints a candidate from the shortlist for each vacancy.

The selection process is closed with the adoption of an Activity Report by the Identification Committee that summarises the process and the outcome of work.

Committee Members

Sir David King

Sir David King

Sir David King was appointed as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change in September 2013. He was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 – 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.

Sir David has published over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards, and holds 22 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and knighted in 2003, Sir David was also made an Officier of the French Legion d’Honneur in 2009, for work which has contributed to responding to the climate and energy challenge.

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Prof. Rianne Letschert

Prof. Rianne Letschert

Prof. Rianne Letschert is professor of victimology and international law at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), where she is also director. Her work combines legal analysis with social sciences methodology. She currently works on a large scale project assessing the impact of international judicial interventions on the wellbeing of victims of international crimes and society at large.

She is a member of the Board of Governance of the Dutch Victim Support Organization, and expert consultant for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on victim issues. In 2013, she was appointed to the Royal Young Academy of Sciences of which she became the chair in April 2015. She is a member of the Dutch Helsinki Committee, a non-governmental organization that promotes human rights and strengthens the rule of law and democracy, in particular in Europe. She is a member of the scientific Committee of NIAS (Dutch institute for advanced studies in the humanities and social sciences).

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Mr António Vitorino

Mr António Vitorino

President of the Jacques Delors Institute and a lawyer by profession since 1982, he has been an associate at the law firm Cuatrecasas,Gonçalves Pereira & Associados since 2005. Former Professor of Constitutional Law and European Law in the university of Lisbon.

Elected to parliament in 1980, he was Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the government of Mario Soares (1983-85), then Deputy Secretary in the government of Macau (1986-87). He was a judge on Portugal's constitutional court (1989-94) before being elected MEP in 1994. In 1995 he became Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Portugal. In 1999 Antonio Vitorino was appointed European Commissioner for Justice and Internal Affairs, a post he occupied until 2004. As a representative of the European Commission he took part in both the convention which drew up the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Convention on the Future of Europe.

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