This week: delays for Iter and the ERC president and a thumbs up for science
The European Research Council will be without a president for a month longer than planned, as incoming leader Maria Leptin will now not take up her post until 1 November. The director of the European molecular biology organisation Embo is replacing interim ERC president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, whose term ended on 31 August. The funder’s three vice-presidents—Eveline Crone, Andrzej Jajszczyk and Nektarios Tavernarakis—have been put in charge during the gap. The European Commission, which oversees the ERC, declined to comment on the reason for the delay.