World-renowned statistical physicist Alessandro Vespignani has been elected to the physics and engineering sciences branch of the Academy of Europe for his research on the spread of epidemics.

Members of the academy — which promotes learning, education and research — are nominated annually by a highly selective peer-reviewed process, based on scientific excellence and scholarly achievement, and then elected by the council of the academy. Some 2,300 members, including more than three-dozen Nobel Laureates, currently represent a diverse range of disciplines, such as medicine, mathematics and biological sciences. More