Widening Participation Event

Start date: 
28 February, 2013 - 09:00
End date: 
1 March, 2013 - 15:30
Location: 
Institute of Science and Technology Austria Am Campus 1 3400 Klosterneuburg (Austria)

Press programme

About the event

As part of the European Research Council’s (ERC) continued efforts to stimulate wider participation, a conference will be organized between the ERC grantees coming from several Member States and Candidate countries of Central and Eastern Europe[1], the administration of the ERC Executive Agency and several distinguished political and scientific actors, including members of the ERC Scientific Council. This event aims to:

  • Highlight scientific achievements of ERC grantees in this region of Europe;
  • Provide the occasion for the grantees to meet and connect with each other, and with the ERC Scientific Council, in order to inform about developments on ERC policy issues;
  • Offer an opportunity to discuss administrative issues regarding the execution of the grant (“PI-centric” event, organised by the ERC Executive Agency),
  • Furthermore, the ERC/Ideas National Contact Points (NCP), and policy makers of the region can use this event to deepen contact with grantees and ERC Scientific Council members;
  • Bring together present and potential ERC applicants, i.e. anyone who is interested in applying for an ERC grant. Due to space restrictions, only 40 places are available. The invitation will be open to the public and the placing will follow the “first come-first served” order. (Registrations closed)
  • The event is officially hosted by the President of the ERC, Professor Helga Nowotny

Programme

Thursday 28 February 2013
Closed workshops

Friday 1 March 2013
09:00 – 10:15 Scientific Presentations – Part I
Eva KONDOROSI: Dual exploitation of natural plant strategies in agriculture and public health: enhancing nitrogen-fixation and surmounting microbial infections
Marcin NOWOTNY: Structural studies of Nucleotide Excision Repair complexes
William Tecumseh FITCH: The Syntax of the Mind: A Comparative Computational Approach

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 Scientific Presentations – Part II
Janos PINTZ: Gaps between primes and almost primes. Patterns in primes and almost primes. Approximations to the twin prime and Goldbach conjectures
Frantisek STEPANEK: Chemical Processing by Swarm Robotics
Walter POHL: Social Cohesion, Identity and Religion in Europe, 400-1200

12:00 – 12:30 Roundtable – Experiences with the ERC (chair: Pavel EXNER, ERC Vice-President)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Visit of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Optional

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Venue:
Institute of Science and Technology (IST)
Am Campus 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria
Contact: Daniela Kalbermatter widening@wwtf.at – Tel: +43‐1‐402 31 43

[1] Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia