Start date: 13 August, 2014 (All day)
End date: 21 August, 2014 (All day)
Organizer: IMU
Location: Seoul, Korea

The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest international congress in the mathematics community. It is held once every four years under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded during the opening ceremony on the first day of the congress. Each congress is memorialized by printed Proceedings recording academic papers based on invited talks intended to reflect the current state of the science.

The ERC will be present at the exhibition with a booth, where info flash-sessions will be organised to present the ERC funding schemes and opportunities to researchers from all over the World.

On 19 August 2014 at 15:00-16:40 (Room Hall D1), a Forum on R&D Programs will be held, with introductions by Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC President, and Dr. Chung Min Keun, President of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea.

Dr Luiz Alves dos Santos, Scientific Officer at the ERC Executive Agency, will present the ERC funding opportunities and ERC grantees will give a testimonial about their experience with the application process. A representative of the NRF will present the NRF funding schemes. More details will be published soon.

Start date: 21 August, 2014 (All day)
End date: 23 August, 2014 (All day)
Location: Alpbach, Austria

 ‘At the Crossroads’

2014 is a year of commemorations, marking the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These events will be used as an opportunity to initiate a future-oriented discourse that takes into account the lessons learned from our past. Now as then, Europe is at a crossroads, and a series of fundamental decisions have to be taken on where to go and how to continue. At the European Forum Alpbach 2014, a sketch of the decisions and possibilities will be drawn, analysing the corresponding opportunities and risks, and discussing ways to put them into practice.

More details on ERC participation to be published soon.

Start date: 30 August, 2014 (All day)
End date: 4 September, 2014 (All day)
Organizer: The Federation of European Biochemical Societies
Location: Paris, France

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of FEBS and EMBO, and the centennial of the SFBBM. This year's meeting replaces the normally separate annual conferences of FEBS and EMBO, and combining our communities, and expect to bring together a wide range of researchers.

Tuesday 2 Sep, 1:15pm
ERC information session

Principal Investigators of ERC Starting and Advanced Grants will share their experiences with these funding initiatives and answer questions from the audience. ERC funding schemes will be presented and answers will be provided to practical questions on the application and selection process.

The ERC will be present at the exhibition with a booth (stand number 46/47), where brief information sessions will be organised. Time and day of the information sessions will be communicated soon.

  • Mariam Benjdia, ERC
  • Christian Hut, ERC
Start date: 31 August, 2014 (All day)
End date: 4 September, 2014 (All day)
Organizer: Turkish Chemical Society/EuCheMS
Location: Istanbul, Turkay

The bi-annual European Chemistry Congress will take place from Sunday 30 August to Thursday 4 September 2014 at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey .

The ERC will be present at the exhibition with a booth, where brief information sessions will be organised. Time and day of the information sessions will be communicated soon. 

Start date: 10 September, 2014 (All day)
End date: 12 September, 2014 (All day)
Organizer: World Economic Forum
Location: Tianjin, China

Creating value through innovation

The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is the foremost global business gathering in Asia. Also known as the “Summer Davos”, the Meeting creates a unique opportunity for exchange between leaders from top-ranked multinationals and chief executive officers of dynamic and fast-growing companies, including key decision-makers from government, media, academia and civil society.

It will bring together more than 1,500 participants from 90 countries to share strategies and solutions and discuss global issues and risks. The New Champion communities – including Global Growth Companies, Young Global Leaders, Young Scientists, Technology Pioneers, Social Entrepreneurs and the World Economic Forum’s youngest community, the Global Shapers – will once again engage with Forum Members and Partners during the seventh Annual Meeting of the New Champions, to be held from 10-12 September in Tianjin, China. This year’s theme is “Creating Value through Innovation".

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

ERC participation

The ERC will again actively participate in sessions and debates. ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and  ERC Scientific Council member Prof. Dr Sierd Cloetingh will speak at the forum. This year, four outstanding grant winners will also represent the ERC; Prof. Morten Overgaard, Dr Antoine Jerusalem, Dr Aikaterina Fotopoulou, Prof. Panayiota Poirazi. They will speak at the ERC Ideas Lab session on 10 September 2014 (10.15- 11.30am; Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Centre) addressing the question “how are breakthroughs in brain research transforming the future of health?”


The ERC will also hold a press conference with ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and ERC Scientific Council member Sierd Cloetingh, who both will be available for interviews during the forum.

For press requests, please contact: Madeleine Drielsma, ERC Press Adviser

Start date: 18 September, 2014 - 13:00
End date: 19 September, 2014 - 16:00
Organizer: ERCEA/A1 in collaboration with the ERC Scientific Council Working group on Open Access
Location: Covent Garden, Brussels

Frontier research often heavily relies on data that is produced or collected during the research process, or on existing data that is being analysed and built on in the context of new research questions. It is therefore vital that researchers, their institutions and funders adopt and support good research data management practices, including the sharing of data in an appropriate way.

The ERC Executive Agency in collaboration with the ERC Scientific Council Working Group on Open Access is organising a 2-day workshop on 'Research Data Management and Sharing' to explore this important topic together with ERC grantees and other researchers, with representatives from funding bodies, universities and other research performers, with publishers, policy makers and other interested parties. Further details will be made available soon.

The workshop, which will have an interactive format providing lots of room for discussion, is by invitation only. Please contact if you would like to be kept informed about this event and might like to participate, stating your affiliation, your function in your organisation, and a few sentences explaining which particular aspect of the complex topic addressed by the workshop you are most interested in.

The detailed draft programme is available here and will be continuously updated. A broad outline is included below.


Draft agenda (outline)

Day 1 (18 September 2014):

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome and introduction

13:30 – 15:00 Setting the scene – plenary session.

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 18:00 Breakout sessions – domain specific (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities)


Day 2 (19 September 2014):

9:00 – 10:00 Reporting from the breakout sessions of Day 1 and debate

10:00 – 12:30 Breakout sessions – horizontal topics (Data management and sharing, Data storage and curation, Data access and data (re-)use, Rewards and incentives for good data management and data sharing)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 14:45 Reporting from breakout sessions Day 2 and debate

14:45 – 15:45 Final plenary – panel commenting on the outcome of the group work and recommendations presented by the groups

15:45 – 16:00 Closing of the event