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The ERC at the European Research and Innovation Days 2020

Programme of ERC sessions at the European Research and Innovation Days

European Research Council

Scientific Meeting Announcement

The ERC will take part in the European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission's annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

This year's virtual format will provide an opportunity to connect, take stock of research and innovation achievements in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and build on the EU's response.

Registration is now open at https://research-innovation-days.ec.europa.eu/register

You must REGISTER to watch live webcast sessions and interact with other attendees and speakers.

Go to Hub 10 to watch sessions organised by the ERC and learn more about the ERC.

TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

14:00 - 15:00 | From world class science to world beating companies (Joint EIC-ERC session)
HUB 8 European Innovation Council

Moderated by Elsa PAPADOPOULOU, Legal & Policy Officer, European Innovation Council

Opening remarks: Jean-Eric PAQUET, Director-General, DG Research & Innovation

Speakers:

Mark FERGUSON, EIC Advisory Board Member
Kurt MEHLHORN ,ERC Scientific Council Member
Filippo BOSCO, CEO Blusense Diagnostics, ERC grantee
Tobias KIPPENBERG - Professor of Physics at EPFL and leads the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurement
Daria MORHLY-ROSEN - SPARK Stanford

Europe is on the right track in the creation of excellence in science and innovation, however there is work to do in transforming world-class science into world-beating companies. This session will discuss how the European Innovation Council (EIC) can address the gap between research and deeptech-driven innovation at a pan-European level.

14:00 - 15:00 | In conversation with ERCEA management
HUB 10 ERC

Moderated by Tony LOCKETT, Head of Unit for Communications, European Research Council

Speakers:

Jose LABASTIDA, Head of Unit, Support to the Scientific Council, European Research Council
Angela LIBERATORE, Head of Unit, Social Sciences and Humanities, European Research Council
Philippe CUPERS, Head of Unit, Life Sciences, European Research Council
Martin PENNY, Head of Unit, Physical Sciences and Engineering, European Research Council

This informal networking session will be an opportunity to interact with representatives of the Scientific Department of the European Research Council Executive Agency. Conversation topics are expected to include the ERC's grant schemes, the application and evaluation process, as well as preparations for the Horizon Europe programme.

16:00 - 16:45 | Frontier research to fight COVID-19
HUB ERC 10

Moderated by Magdalena SKIPPER, Editor-in-chief of the journal Nature

Speakers / ERC grantees:

Balpreet SINGH AHLUWALIA, University of Tromso
Meike BARTELS, Free University and Medical Center Amsterdam (VU-VUmc)
Sunetra GUPTA, University of Oxford
Vincenzo CERULLO, University of Helsinki

16:00 - 17:00 | Widening: learning from the past and creating the future
HUB 4 Horizon Europe

ERC Scientific Council Member and Chair of the Scientific Council Working Group on Widening European Participation Tomas JUNGWIRTH speaks at the session entitled 'Widening: learning from the past and creating the future'

WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

09:00 - 09:45 | #EUFUNDED: Challenges and best practices of public engagement with research
HUB 10 ERC

Moderated by Tony LOCKETT, Head of Unit for Communications, European Research Council

Speakers / ERC grantees:

Kate MORRIS, Campus Engage National Coordinator, Irish Universities Association
Erik VAN SEBILLE, Utrecht University, Laureate of the ERC Public Engagement with Research Award, Press and Media Relations
Anna DAVIES, Trinity College Dublin, Laureate of the ERC Public Engagement with Research Award, Online and Social media
Konstantinos NIKOLOPOULOS, University of Birmingham, Laureate of the ERC Public Engagement with Research Award, Public Outreach

17:00 - 18:00 | NOBEL & KAVLI PRIZE LAUREATES on "Blue-sky research to prepare for an uncertain future"

Plenary co-organised by The Kavli Prize and the European Research Council

Nobel Prize & Kavli Prize laureates will discuss how curiosity-driven, blue sky science can help address major challenges we are facing and be prepared for an uncertain future in a post-COVID-19 world.

Moderated by Prof. Robbert DIJKGRAAF, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA. TV personality.
Introduction: Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Laureates:

Prof. Jennifer DOUDNA, Kavli Prize for Nanoscience 2018. Leading scientist in the "CRISPR revolution" and gene editing; named one of "Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People". University of California, Berkeley, USA
Sir Christopher PISSARIDES, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 2010. Leading labour market expert. London School of Economics; University of Cyprus. ERC grantee
Sir Peter RATCLIFFE, Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology 2019. Prominent in the discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Oxford University; the Francis Crick Institute, London. ERC grantee
Prof. Ewine VAN DISHOECK, Kavli Prize for Astrophysics 2018. Pioneer of understanding the universe at the atomic level. University of Leiden, the Netherlands. ERC grantee.

THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

09:45 - 10:30 | ERC of the future: Creating giant leaps for Mankind!
HUB 10 ERC

Moderated by Søren Barlebo RASMUSSEN, Partner, Mobilize Strategy Consulting
Organised by the 'Friends of the ERC' and Association for ERC grantees.

Speakers :

Jean Pierre BOURGUIGNON, ERC President
Dag Rune OLSEN, Rector of University of Bergen
Frede BLAABJERG, Professor at Aalborg University
Maria BLASCO, Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)
Axel CLEEREMANS, Director Neuroscience Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, ERC grantee

This session will feature the "Friends of the European Research Council (ERC)" handing over of an open letter and 16 000+ signatures to EU representatives, a live discussion on the importance of fundamental research and the launching of the Association for ERC grantees. Organised by the 'Friends of the ERC' and Association for ERC grantees.

11:00 - 12:00 | In conversation with the ERC's Scientific Council
HUB 10 ERC

Moderated by Tony LOCKETT, Head of Unit for Communications, European Research Council

Speakers:

Jean Pierre BOURGUIGNON, ERC President
Fabio ZWIRNER, Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council

This informal networking session will be an opportunity to interact with the President of the European Research Council, Prof Jean Pierre BOURGUIGNON and one Vice-Presidents of the ERC's Scientific Council, Prof Fabio ZWIRNER Conversation topics are expected to include the role of frontier research in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future challenges, preparations for the Horizon Europe programme and the current state of negotiations on the EU's future budget.

SCIENCE IS WONDERFUL
Virtual exhibition

The ERC will showcase two projects in the virtual exhibition:

ARTISTIC

Professor Alejandro A. FRANCO at the CNRS offers an interactive virtual reality (VR) for engaging students and general public with different battery technologies. This is the first time VR has been applied to this field. In this interactive game players choose a battery type to drive an electric vehicle to collect gifts placed in a virtual city or countryside within a limited time. Choice of battery and their lifespan is represented. The game is a unique way of raising awareness about different battery types. It also underscores the need for further research into Lithium Ion batteries used in electric vehicles to mitigate climate change. Prof Franco's project looks at simulating the different steps along the manufacturing process of Lithium Ion batteries incorporating Artificial Intelligence for further optimization - with the eventual goal to decrease their cost and achieve higher performance. His ultimate goal is to improve batteries of the future.

Homo.Symbiosus

Professor Joël DOERÉ at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research will showcase a project geared to open a new era of individualized preventive care and novel gut ecology-based therapeutic approaches.

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