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European Union Selects Unknown For Top Science Post

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Science  04 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5958, pp. 1331
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5958.1331-a

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Two women have been tapped to head the European Union's efforts on science and climate over the next 5 years, one virtually unknown to scientists and science policymakers and the other almost an international celebrity. Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard, nominated last week to become the first European commissioner for climate action, was picked as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in April and this month will host the Copenhagen climate talks. In contrast, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the proposed new commissioner for research and innovation, has spent the past 9 years examining the E.U.'s finances as the Irish representative of the less-than-glamorous Court of Auditors in Luxembourg.