An institute in a dynamic stage
A view from the Scientific Advisory Board
Research units and laboratories often have external Scientific Advisory Boards, which may vary considerably with regards to size, activity and relative importance. The present IFOM SAB only has five members, but they regularly provide constructive advice and attend the yearly two-day SAB meeting in Milan.
One or two SAB members also take part in committees for promotion of IFOM group leaders to tenured posts. This is done together with an external scientist with special expertise, and with the Scientific Director (Marco Foiani) and the Deputy Director (Francesco Blasi) of IFOM.
The members of the SAB have in general been recruited from Europe, to allow for regular short visits to Milan without significant jet lag.
IFOM is currently in a dynamic stage; several new tenured group leaders have been appointed over the last three years, whereas seven such scientists left IFOM during 2009 - 2012. The goal has been to further improve the excellent scientific establishment at IFOM. One young group leader, Simona Polo, successfully applied for tenure at the end of 2011, and three group leaders were similarly promoted in the early part of 2013. However, there were no such appointments at IFOM, Milan, during 2012.