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The European Research Council brought pioneering science to the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), also known as "Summer Davos", organised by the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, from 1 to 3 July. The 2019 edition addressed the topic of "Leadership 4.0: Succeeding in a new era of globalization".
For the eighth year running, the ERC took part with a delegation, composed of ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and nine ERC grantees, all leaders in their respective fields. ERC grantee Prof. Flemming Besenbacher was one of the Co-Chairs of this year’s meeting.
The ERC speakers took part in over ten sessions on a wide array of topics - from tackling cancer; promoting responsible leadership; global waste solutions; and disability inclusion, to science meets business, as well as trust in science.
TACKLING CANCER FROM WITHIN – NEW PERSPECTIVES
Three ERC grantees shared their latest findings and scientific insights on how to tackle cancer through their blue sky research, driven by scientific curiosity. They highlighted the topic from different perspectives, including
ERC grantees Frances Balkwill, Núria Montserrat and Vered Padler-Karavani
ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
There was also a dedicated Ideas Lab on the same topic - "Tackling Cancer from the Inside with the European Research Council" with the same speakers.
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon furthermore spoke in other sessions e.g. on climate change:
Leadership in a new era of globalisation
And how China is redrawing the map of global science
Flemming Besenbacher spoke on topics such as “Promoting Responsible Leadership”
Grantees also spoke about: “Ask About: Tackling Cancer" (Frances Balkwill, Núria Montserrat, Vered Padler-Karavani); and; New Champions of Disability Inclusion" (Gaëlle Offranc Piret); "In Science We Trust?" (Frances Balkwill). "Turning Back the Tide of Trash"(Flemming Besenbacher).
BROCHURE: ERC programme & biographies of ERC delegation
List of ERC grantees:
Video messages with the ERC speakers:
“Inflammation is the fuel that feeds the cancer flame. So how do we fight back?” - Read ERC grantee @FrancesBalkwill’s @WEF blog article, on the occasion of her talks at #AMNC19, China: https://t.co/YkvJnDT01w And listen to her impressions from the meeting! pic.twitter.com/HUZ5Fmlyeq
— ERC Europe (@ERC_Research) July 3, 2019
WEF blogs by ERC speakers:
Madeleine Drielsma, ERC Press Advisor
The AMNC is a major global summit on science, technology and innovation, gathering young leaders from academia, fast growing enterprises, government and civil society, as well as the media, from over 90 countries.