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European Research and Innovation Days is the first annual policy event of the European Commission, bringing together stakeholders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape.

The ERC will be involved in several sessions during the conference and will take part in the WOW Projects Exhibition as well as the Horizon Europe Village.

WOW Projects Exhibition

At the WOW Projects Exhibition: successful examples of communication on ERC projects will be on display:


Black hole: the image that opened a new era in astrophysics. Making space safer for satellites. Meteorites and the mystery of the solar system. Comics and frontier science: meet the artists.

Sessions with ERC speakers

Day 1: 24 September

17.10 - 18.10

Communicating Europe through Science Diplomacy
Session with ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (chair)

How to communicate Europe through Science Diplomacy in times of persistent disinformation? We will discuss on how combining tradition with modernity and on the use of a large range of tools.

 Room Arendt


Launch of the first competition for the ERC Public Engagement with Research Award
with Commissioner Carlos Moedas and ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

WOW Projects Exhibition

Day 2: 25 September
 13.15 - 14.15

Empowering scientists to dream the future — the European Research Council
Session with grantees and ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (chair):

From GPS to graphene, the past century abounds with examples of breakthroughs in fundamental research that have deeply transformed the way we live today. There is ample evidence that curiosity-driven, blue-sky, frontier research will continue to play a key role in Europe’s future.

  • Heino Falcke, Professor of Astroparticle Physics and Radio Astronomy, University of Nijmegen
  • Ana I. Caño-Delgado, CSIC Associate Professor, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Barcelona
  • Muki Haklay, Professor of Geographic Information Science, University College London
  • Camilla Colombo, Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan

Room Lorenz

 Day 3: 26 September
10.30 - 11.30

Let’s speak about Europe’s scientific excellence

Session with  Ben Feringa, Nobel laureate, ERC grantee and ERC Scientific Council member, and Valeria Nicolosi, ERC grantee

Scientific excellence needs highly skilled researchers, frontier facilities and technologies, and scientific freedom for brilliant ideas to develop. How can we fully exploit synergies across Horizon Europe and create pathways between scientific excellence and the other Programme pillars?

Room Copernicus
16.30 - 17.30

Conversations with Nobel and Kavli Laureates: Is blue-sky science sparking innovation?

Kavli and Nobel Laureates discuss the link between fundamental research and innovation.
Moderated by Helga Nowotny, Professor Emerita of Science & Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and former ERC President 

Introduction by European Commissionner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas


  • Emmanuelle Charpentier, Kavli Laureate, Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens
  • Ben Feringa, Nobel Laureate, ERC grantee, ERC Scientific Council member, University of Groningen
  • Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Laureate, ERC grantee, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
  • Christine Petit, Kavli Laureate, ERC grantee, Collège de France and Pasteur Institute
  • Virginijus Siknys, Kavli Laureate, Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology

Room Archimedes

Other sessions with ERC grantees

Day 2: 25 September  


Security research session, ensuring security and privacy in a digitising world
with Stephanie Wehner

How to foster the uptake of R&I results by digital products and services, ensuring cybersecurity in due respect of privacy and data protection, in line with EU values

Room Walton

14.15 - 15.15

City as Innovation Lab session
with Riccardo Crescenzi

The session aims to present and discuss the High Level Expert Group Report ‘The Human Centred City: Opportunities for Citizens through Research & Innovation’ and EU’s R&I future objectives for and with cities in view of Horizon Europe and its Mission on ‘Climate-neutral & Smart-Cities’.

Room Galileo

13.15 - 14.15

The promise of Citizen Science
with Muki Haklay

Citizen science is an important part of Open Science. But what does it involve, what are its promises, and what is needed from governments, research organisations and others to maximise its potential?

Room Lorenz

Day 3: 26 September


Making Robots work
Bram Vanderborght

Industrial robots spur automation thus increasing productivity and product quality. The challenge arises about how should they be used according to standards facilitating human-robot collaboration and interoperability between different robots.

Room Lovelace