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Aleksandra Walczak

Research Director, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France

Aleksandra Walczak received her PhD in physics at the University of California (US), working on models of stochastic gene expression. After a graduate fellowship at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (California), she worked on applying information theory to signal processing in small [...]



Ann Mettler

Head of the European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Ann Mettler is the head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission. Prior to assuming this position in December 2014, she was for eleven years executive director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank she co-founded in 2003 [...]



Bernard Feringa

Professor of Molecular Sciences, University of Groningen; Nobel laureate

Bernard Lucas Feringa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and synthesis of molecular machines in October 2016. His research interests include stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly, molecular nanosystems and [...]



Carlos Moedas

Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, European Commission

Carlos Moedas has been Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science since 2014. Prior to that, Mr Moedas has worked as Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal from 2011 until 2014 and Member of the Portuguese Parliament in 2011. From 2010 until 2011 he worked as Senior [...]



Cédric Blanpain

Professor of Stem Cell and Development Biology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Cédric Blanpain MD, PhD, is a full professor and WELBIO investigator at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His lab is studying the role of epithelial stem cells during development, homeostasis and cancer. During his first ERC Starting Grant (CancerStem, 2007-2012), Blanpain and [...]



Dame Athene DONALD

Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge

Athene Donald completed her first and second degrees in Physics at the University of Cambridge. After four years of postdoctoral research at Cornell University in the USA, she returned to Cambridge where she has been ever since, becoming a Professor in 1998. Her field of research is soft [...]



Damian Evans

Research Fellow, French Institute of Asian Studies

Damian Evans is a Canadian-Australian researcher whose work focuses on archaeological landscapes in mainland Southeast Asia, in particular those of the Khmer Empire, which dominated the area for several hundred years from the ninth to fourteenth centuries AD. He specialises in using advanced [...]



Daniel Cremers

Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Daniel Cremers obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Mannheim in 2002. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California in Los Angeles and one year as a permanent researcher at Siemens Corporate Research, in Princeton (US). From 2005 [...]



Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics, France

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics (EHESS) since 2010. She is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Public Policy and Development Economics programs. She got her PhD at Harvard University in 1999 and spent the [...]



Emily Cross

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University, UK

mily S. Cross is a professor of cognitive neuroscience and a dancer based at Bangor University in North Wales, where she directs the Social Brain in Action Laboratory. Originally from Ohio, she has trained in the US, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands [...]



Eva KONDOROSI

Research Professor at Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU) and Research Director at the Plant Science Institute of CNRS (FR)

Eva Kondorosi was born in Budapest, graduated (Biology) and received her PhD (Genetics) at the L. Eötvös University in Budapest. She was postdoc at the Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung (Köln) and visiting scholar at the Sussex, Harvard and Cornell Universities. Eva Kondorosi was the [...]



Günther Knoblich

Professor of Cognitive Science, Central European University Budapest, Hungary

Günther Knoblich is Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of the Social Mind Center at CEU Budapest. He studies how humans act, think, learn, and communicate with each other. Before joining CEU he held a research position at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, [...]



Ilona Riipinen

Professor of atmospheric science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Ilona Riipinen is a Professor of atmospheric science at Stockholm University. Her work focuses on understanding the atmospheric processes governing air quality and global climate. Her ERC Starting Grant project 'ATMOGAIN' (2011-2016) focused on understanding mass transfer processes at [...]



Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON

President of the European Research Council as of 1 January 2014

Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is the President of the European Research Council since January 2014.

Prior to that, he was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994 till 2013. This international research institute located near Paris, [...]



Katrina Sichel

Moderator and Presenter, Wit and Word Communications

Katrina Sichel is a London-born, Brussels-based moderator and communications specialist. A former producer of TV news packages for the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, ITV and Reuters – for which she interviewed big figures from the arts, film, fashion and political arenas – since 2007 she has been [...]



Maria Carla Saleh

Principal Investigator, Institut Pasteur, France

Maria Carla Saleh was born in Argentina, where she finished her Masters degree in Biology at the National University of Cordoba. She obtained her PhD on Cellular and Molecular Physiopathology at the University of Paris 6, and then went to University of California, San Francisco, where she [...]



Michael Häusser

Professor of Neuroscience, University College London, UK

A Fellow of the Royal Society, as well as a Principal Research Fellow of the Wellcome Trust and member of Academia Europaea, Prof. Häusser's main research interest is the cellular basis of neural computation in the brain, with a special focus on the role of dendrites. His group has helped [...]



Pablo Amor

Director of the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)

Pablo Amor is Director of the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) since 1 August 2012. He has been ERC Executive Agency Director ad interim since January 2011. As a seconded Commission official, he has been serving at ERCEA as Head of the Grant Management Department since [...]



Peter Seeberger

Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Surfaces, Potsdam, Germany

Peter H. Seeberger studied chemistry in Erlangen (Germany) and completed a PhD in biochemistry in Boulder (USA). After performing research at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York he became Firmenich Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure at MIT. After six years as Professor at [...]



Robert-Jan Smits

Special Adviser on Open Access and Innovation

Robert-Jan Smits was Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission from July 2010 to February 2018. In this capacity he was responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 [...]



Sir Christopher CLARK

Regius Professor of History at University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Sir Christopher Clark received his PhD at the University of Cambridge, having been a member of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 1987 to 1991. His research interests are centred on the history of nineteenth-century Germany and continental Europe. His early work focused on the [...]



Stefania Milan

Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Stefania Milan is Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor in Media Innovation (II) at the University of Oslo, Norway. She explores the intersection of digital technology, governance and activism, and is passionate about methodological innovation [...]



Subra Suresh

President of Carnegie Mellon University, US

Since becoming president of Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, Subra Suresh has embarked upon a bold agenda to transform the university and deepen its influence on humanity. Dr. Suresh’s deep commitment to students, faculty and staff has produced a comprehensive strategic plan to boost [...]



Toby Kiers

University Research Chair and Professor of Mutualistic Interactions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Toby Kiers investigates how cooperation between species evolves and persists. Her research explores the concept of ‘punishment’ and how punishment is used in nature by plants, animals and microbes. Her most recent work focuses on trading in nature and how complex ‘biological markets’ can [...]



Tom Monroe

CEO, Vaxxilon AG

Tom Monroe serves as the CEO of Vaxxilon AG which was established to develop synthetic carbohydrate vaccines. Prior to co-founding Vaxxilon, he held multiple positions over twenty years in the health care industry including at Syntex, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, and Actelion. He holds an SM from the [...]



Virpi Lummaa

Professor at University of Turku, Finland

Virpi Lummaa holds an Academy of Finland Professorship at the University of Turku. She received her PhD in Biology in Turku, thereafter holding positions in Cambridge, Sheffield in the UK and Berlin, Germany, before returning to Finland in 2016 with her two young sons. She is interested in [...]



Yael Hanein

Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Hanein's research field is neuro-engineering and her main passions are developing wearable electronic technology and bionic vision. Her research group has pioneered the use of nanomaterials for neuro applications. Prof. Hanein has conducted research at the Weizmann Institute, Princeton [...]