ERC in the Press

Three ERC grantees amongst 2014 Nobel Prize winners
13 October, 2014

This year, three ERC Advanced grantees have been awarded Nobel Prizes. On 6 October, Prof. Edvard Moser and Prof. May-Britt Moser won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their contribution to the brain's GPS discovery (see press release). A week later, the prize in Economics went to Prof. Jean Tirole for "his analysis of market power and regulation" (read more).

The news was covered broadly by different media on a global scale, many of them acknowledging the ERC and the European Union's financial support which the researchers received to continue their work.

Nature published a profile of Edvard and May-Britt Mosers, painting a picture of passionate researchers focused on their project to solve mysteries of the human brain. The Chinese press agency Xinhua picked up European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's congratulations to the duo and the ERC’s support to them. One of Norway's largest newspaper, Aftenposten, recognised that the ERC funding helped the Mosers perform their research.

The prize to Prof. Tirole and the comments from EU representatives were broadly covered in Spain, for example in one of the biggest Spanish newspapers, ABC. The laureate's views were presented in the pan-European news outlet Euractiv, which also quoted Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who said: " He is the third ERC grantee to be a Nobel laureate in this year's awards. This shows that the ERC is clearly funding the best of the best - researchers who truly push the frontiers of knowledge." Horizon Magazine, a European Commission's publication, published an article giving an overview on Prof.Tirole's research.


ERC ‘Proof of Concept’ grant results in the press
Various media
22 September, 2014

On 22 September, the ERC published its latest ‘Proof-of-Concept’ grant results (see ERC press release). In this call, 50 outstanding ERC grant holders received up to €150,000 each to bring their research results closer to the market. Different media reported on these results and highlighted the funded projects at national level, e.g. Chronicle Live (UK) and  La Informacion (ES), as well as press agencies ANSA (IT) and APA (AT).

China Daily
10 September, 2014

On the occasion of the Annual Meeting of Young Champions (AMYC) -  "Summer Davos", organised by the Word Economic Forum - which took place in September in Tianjin (China), China Daily published an opinion piece written by ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. Picking up on the theme of the meeting, Prof. Bourguignon argues that frontier research is crucial for discoveries that can lead to true innovation. He also calls for priority to be given to young scientists to help them fully develop their potential.

Listen also to a radio interview with Massimo Gaudina (Head of Communication,   ERC Executive Agency) on Radio France Internationale; he explains why the ERC is participating in the AMYC, a major global gathering of young leaders from industry, politics and science.

Spreading the word about the ERC in Serbia
Various media
9 September, 2014

In September, ERC Scientific Council Member and 2010 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics and Medicine Sir Tim Hunt visited several universities, laboratories and institutes in Serbia. His role was to spread the word about the ERC, its mission and its funding schemes, and to engage with the scientific community in the country. Several media outlets featured him and reported on the ERC, e.g. Ozon Press, Novosti and Tanjung. Read also an interview with Sir Hunt in NIN.  

Gazeta Wyborcza
7 September, 2014

ERC Starting grantee 2010 Patrik Jones and his team, based at Imperial College (UK), have re-programmed human gut bacteria E.coli to produce renewable propane. They commented: “The work is at a very early stage, possibly 5 – 10 years (…) from commercial production”, but “[our] findings [are] proof-of-concept for a way of producing renewable fuel now only accessible from fossil reserves”.

Many other sources also covered the news, such as The Guardian, The Japan Times, The Financial Times, Huffington Post, etc.