AAAS Annual Meeting

Start date: 
13 February, 2014 (All day)
End date: 
17 February, 2014 (All day)
Chicago, USA

For the seventh year, the European Research Council participates in AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the world's largest and most influential general scientific society. The theme of this year’s conference is “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation”.

The ERC delegation will participate in several activities, including the European Commission press breakfast and ERC press briefing, an ERC exhibitor-sponsored workshop and a public policy symposium. See full ERC programme here.

The ERC delegation is composed of:

Two members of the ERC Scientific Council will also participate in the conference: Prof. Klaus Bock and Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth.

ERC press activities

The ERC will hold a press briefing on Saturday 15 February at 14:00PM-14:45PM (Montreux Room 3, Swissôtel Chicago). For the first time in the United States as ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will speak about how a young European research funding institution has been able to accomplish solid achievements by building on its relationship of trust with the scientific community. He will be accompanied by two ERC grantees.

The press briefing will be followed by bilateral interviews on Saturday 15 February from 15:00 to 17:00PM.

ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will also be a speaker at the European Commission Press Breakfast on Friday 14 February at 07:45-9:00AM (Montreux Room 3, Swissôtel Chicago) with Rudolf Strohmeier, RTD Deputy Director-General.

For press requests, please contact:

Mobile phone: + 32 460 752 466
Office number: +32 2 29 81521

Also visit the EU stand at AAAS 2014 to find more (n° 611).

Other ERC activities at AAAS 2014

Saturday 15 Feb
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Funding opportunities in the EU for creative minds from anywhere in the world

Grand Ballroom D North (Hyatt Regency Chicago)


  • Dr Theodore Papazoglou, Head of Unit ‘Support Unit to the Scientific Council’,
  • Dr Louise Byrne, Research Programme Officer for Marie Curie Actions, Research Executive Agency
  • Dr Viktoria Bodnarova, Regional Representative, of EURAXESS Links North America
  • Prof. Walter Salzburger (ERC grantee, StG 2007 and CoG 2013)
  • Dr Illapha Cuba Gyllensten (Marie Curie Fellow)

See here for the details of the session.

Sunday 16 Feb
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Global Excellence: New Drivers and Innovative Solutions

Grand Ballroom C North (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

Organizers and moderator:

  • Prof. Klaus Bock, ESOF 2014, Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
  • David Budtz Pedersen, ESOF 2014, Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation


  • Gunnar Öquist, Umeå University


  • Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council
  • Dr Suzanne Fortier, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Prof. Bertil Andersson, Nanyang Technological University

See here for the details of the session.