Five ERC grantees presented their high-risk, high-gain research at TEDx Brussels 'The Territory and the Map' conference, which took place on 1 December. Media around Europe reported on the event. Read for example articles in Café Babel (INT), La Razón (ES), Money (PL), The Daily Mail (UK), The Independent (UK), and Sciences et Avenir (FR). Additionally, Italian national television channel RAIinterviewed Prof. Tiziana Rossetto on her tsunami research and BBC World Service Radio asked Prof. Ulf Leonhardt about his study on invisibility. All TEDx talks are available on the TEDx Brussels website.
ERC in the Press
ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and ERC Advanced grant holder Prof. Colin McInnes were interviewed on the morning show of the BBC Radio Scotland. The ERC President pointed to the long scientific tradition and high quality of research institutions as main reasons for why "Scotland punches above its weight in scientific excellence". Prof. McInnes presented his five-year ERC project on pioneering space technology. The interview was aired on the occasion of the MacCormick European Lecture, delivered by Prof. Bourguignon to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the same day.
Listen from 1:51:14 to 1:56:41
ZDF featured a profile of ERC Advanced grantee Prof. Stephan Borrmann and reported on his fascination with clouds and the challenge to assess their impact on climate. His ERC-funded project focuses on studying clouds' properties with an aim to improve weather forecast models and climate simulations. In particular, Prof. Borrmann is trying to answer the questions: how is ice formed in clouds, and how does it affect the distribution of solar energy in the atmosphere.
On the occasion of Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon's visit to Ireland, The Irish Times published an opinion piece signed by Prof. Bourguignon in which he called for more support for frontier research. In this piece, Prof. Bourguignon argues that "investment in basic research is investment in cutting-edge innovation".
Several media outlets also reported on Prof. Bourguignon’s keynote address at the Royal Irish Academy, including The Silicon Republic and The Irish Times. They all noted the importance of curiosity-driven research, and some reported on his call for more female participation in ERC competitions. Read also another piece on the event in The Irish Times.
What will happen if the Greenland ice sheet melts not, as previously predicted, over the next hundreds years, but in the next few decades? The researchers, funded through an ERC Synergy grant worth €12.5 million, are tracking sudden and unpredictable climate changes in the Arctic and exploring their potential impact on regional and global weather. “We hope to be able to explain what many believe is the strongest climate change ever,” says Prof. Eystein Jansen from the University of Bergen, the project coordinator. See also the project’s video here.