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Science  20 Dec 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6165, pp. 1423
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6165.1423

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French mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was named the new president of the European Research Council (ERC) this week. At the dawn of the European Union's new 7-year research program, Horizon 2020, he describes his vision for ERC to Science.