ERC in the Press

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.


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.

La Stampa
5 September, 2014

ERC Starting grantee Prof. Kristine Walhovd has discovered that the lack of sleep may damage the brain by making it shrink. The research team studied a group of 147 participants, of which 35% had problems with sleeping, and examined the impact of sleep disorders on the brain. They found out that sleep difficulties were linked with a more rapid decline in brain volume in various brain regions, including within frontal, temporal and parietal areas. The changes were especially pronounced in people over 60 years old.

Tech Times
11 August, 2014

#ERCAdG2012 grantee Prof. Dirk Helbing is part of a scientific team who used big data visualisation to produce a map of European and North American cultural exchanges across centuries. By connecting the birth and death location of 150,000 notable individuals over a period of  two thousand years, the researchers have broadened our understanding of large-scale cultural dynamics.

The project was also covered by The Financial Times, The Economist,  The Washington Post and others, but without mentioning the ERC funding.

La Vanguardia
22 July, 2014

What is the impact of beef cattle on the environment? A recent study led by ERC StG 2010 Dr Ron Milo, based at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), indicates that the production of beef can pollute the environment 10 times more than that of pork or poultry. Other data released concern the impact of beef production on land, on water and fertilisers use, as well as on the emission of greenhouse gases. The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and were covered by several media including BBC,  EFE and National Post.