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: Funding opportunities in Europe for creative minds from anywhere in the world 

Principal Investigators of ERC Starting 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.

Chair: Mariam Benjdia, ERC


  • Monica Bettencourt Carvalho Dias, ERC Starting Grantee, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal (project details)
  • Dirk Schübeler, ERC Starting Grantee, Novartis, Switzerland (project details)
  • Cyril Zipfel, ERC Starting Grantee, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK (project details)

The ERC will be present at the exhibition with a booth (stand number 46/47)

Start date: 31 August, 2014 (All day)
End date: 4 September, 2014 (All day)
Organizer: Turkish Chemical Society/EuCheMS
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The bi-annual European Chemistry Congress will take place from Sunday 31 August to Thursday 4 September 2014 at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey

Monday 1 Sep, 3:00-4:30 PM
Room KUVARS/Block B 1st floor

ERC session
The session is open to all registered participants. Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC President, will talk about ERC funding opportunities. ERC grantees will give their testimonials and will be available for discussion with the congress participants.


  • Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council
  • Prof. Luisa De Cola, ERC Advanced Grantee 2009
  • Prof. Luis M. Liz-Marzan, ERC Advanced Grantee 2010
  • Prof. Sylvie Roke, ERC Starting Grantee 2009 and Consolidator Grantee 2013
  • Béatrice Thiry, Communications Officer, European Research Council Executive Agency

The ERC will also be present at the exhibition at booth n°4.

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 grant winners will also represent the ERC:

  • Dr Aikaterina Fotopoulou, Reader (Associate Professor), Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. ERC Starting Grant holder (2012)
  • Prof. Antoine Jerusalem, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. ERC Starting Grant holder (2012)
  • Prof. Morten Overgaard, Professor, Head of Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU), Co-Director of Danish Integrative Neuroscience Alliance (DINEA), University of Aarhus, Denmark. ERC Starting Grant holder (2009)
  • Prof. Panayiota Poirazi, Director of Research, Computational Biology Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Greece. ERC Starting Grant holder (2012)

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?”

Other ERC grant winners attending the meeting through Young Scientists Programme are:

  • Prof. Michael Bronstein, Assistant Professor, Institute of Computational Science, Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano, Switzerland. ERC Starting Grant holder (2012)
  • Dr Stephanie Lacour, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland, ERC Starting Grant holder (2010)
  • Dr Michelle Moram, Lecturer in Energy Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, ERC Starting Grant holder (2012)
  • Dr Victor M. Panaretos, Assistant Professor of Mathematical Statistics, EPFL, Switzerland, ERC Starting Grant holder (2010)
  • Dr Suchitra Sebastian, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. ERC Starting Grant holder (2013)
  • Prof. Christoph Stampfer, Head, Second Institute of Physics A, RWTH Aachen, Germany. ERC Starting Grant holder (2011)
  • Dr Sriram Subramanian, Professor of Human- Computer interaction, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, ERC Starting Grant holder (2011)


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