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The European Research Council celebrates its fifth anniversary
29 February and 1 March 2012


The European Research Council (ERC) celebrates its fifth anniversary in February with a major two-day event in Brussels, including festivities and press conference in the evening of 29 February 2012. Top research personalities from around the world will attend the “5 Years of Excellent IDEAS” event to chart the ERC's achievements and share views about the future of the research landscape in Europe.

Who

  • EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
  • Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard
  • Chairwoman of the EP ITRE Committee, Amalia Sartori
  • ERC President, Helga Nowotny and other key ERC personalities
  • ERC "founding fathers" and EU policymakers
  • Personalities from national funding agencies worldwide, including the US National Science Foundation 
  • Outstanding ERC grantees

What

  • Press conference and interview opportunities on 29 February at 17:30 (Chaplin lobby)
  • Scientific sessions with top scientists working on e.g. climate change, epidemiology, astronomy, demography or online communication
  • Evening celebration with scientific demonstrations (+ photo and filming opportunities)
  • Press Materials

  • Press Release: The ERC marks 5 years of funding to over 2,500 top researchers
  • Fact sheets on ERC projects from grantees attending the event
  • ERC in a nutshell
  • Video message of Commission President, José Manuel BARROSO (Text - VIDEO)
  • Opening address of ERC President, Helga NOWOTNY (Text - VIDEO)
  • Speech of EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN (Full text - VIDEO (of highlights of speech))
  • Speech of Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten ØSTERGAARD (Text)
  • Speech of Chairwoman of the European Parliament's ITRE Committee, Amalia SARTORI (Text)
  • Closing speech of the Commission's Director General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan SMITS (Text)
  • Photos (coverage by EbS)
  • Event press coverage