Scientific Review Group

The Scientific Review Group for the Physical and Engineering Sciences is chaired by Professor Mats Gyllenberg, University of Helsinki, Finland.


  • Professor Stefan Jähnichen
    Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Professor Maria Kaminska
    University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Professor Kenneth Ruud
    University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Professor Sauro Succi
    CNR, Roma, Italy

The ESF Rules of Procedure stipulate that the Scientific Review Group (SRG):

  • will provide specialist advice and input on a wide range of ESF actions and currently running instruments by taking view of the scientific area for which it has responsibility;
  • can be asked to assist in the evaluations and assessments and other special reviews requested by Member Organisations, approved by the Governing Council or the Chief Executive;
  • will, wherever appropriate, work with other SRGs and Expert Boards and Committees in promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary activities. To this end, the SRG shall ensure that there are good links and exchanges of information between it and the appropriate groups;
  • will respond to requests for actions initiated by the ESF Assembly, Governing Council or Chief Executive;
  • will use peer review as a key component of the decision making process.

The Scientific Review Group replaced the Standing Committee for the Physical and Engineering Sciences (PEN (formerly PESC)), which existed from 1995 to 2012. It will be in activity until the end of 2015.