With age, the eye progressively loses its ability to focus on near objects. This natural degeneration affects people in their early 40s. In an interview with Spanish national TV, ERC grantee Prof. Susana Marcos explains her research to find a cure for presbyopia by developing lenses that can mimic the crystalline of young eyes. This report followed the publication of the ERC video Miradas cruzadas sobre el ERC featuring Prof. Marcos and accompanying the “Horizon 2020” launch event which took place in Madrid on 11 November.
ERC in the Press
On 29 October 2013, the ERC organised an information day at Città della Scienza in Naples (ERC press release).
The event was notably covered by the Italian public broadcaster Rai (TV reports in regional news with interviews of ERC President Helga Nowotny – TG3 14.00 and TG3 19.30) as well as by the main national press agencies (ANSA, AGI).
Several ERC projects were also highlighted in the media, especially the research led by Bruno Siciliano in robotics (see for example TV report in national news – TG1 20.00 and article in main regional newspaper Il Mattino). Prof. Siciliano presented RoDyMan, a promising robot with exceptional manipulation skills. This robot will soon have the required dexterity to make pizzas. The potential applications of RoDyMan are numerous: from assisting elderly people to repairing a human limb (ERC story).
On 26 September 2013, the ERC published its latest Advanced Grant results (see ERC press release). The ERC awarded over €660 million to 284 senior research leaders.
Different media covered the news, notably El País which published a long article quoting ERC President Helga Nowotny. Several other sources published articles or reports on ERC awardees. Spanish newspaper, ABC, reported on Prof. Pablo Artal's ERC project that aims at restoring vision in patients with cataracts using photonics. The research led by Prof. Dirk Schulze Makuch on exploring the limits of life on Mars also appeared in Der Tagesspiegel. Prof. Sara Linse, who works on the molecular mechanisms behind Alzheimer's disease, was interviewed by Sveriges Radio.
On the occasion of the 'Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities' conference held under the auspices of the Lithuanian EU Presidency in Vilnius on 23 and 24 September, ERC President Helga Nowotny wrote an open letter to explain the crucial role of this research field under the new EU research programme ‘Horizon 2020’.
On 19 September 2013, the ERC published its latest ‘Proof of Concept’ grant results (see ERC press release). 33 top researchers received up to €150,000 each to bridge the gap between their pioneering ‘blue sky’ research and marketable innovation.
Different media highlighted the funded projects at national level, for example, Imerisia (EL), The Irish Times (IE) and THE press agency APA (AT). French radio RFI interviewed ERCEA Head of communication Massimo Gaudina.