ERC in the Press

ERC advocates cutting-edge research in Davos
Various news outlets
3 February, 2016

The ERC took part in the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016 in Davos to bring cutting-edge research into the discussion and to promote Europe as a magnet for talent (see press release and ERC press conference). Several news outlets, including Business Standard (India), Xinhua News Agency (China) and ANSA (Italy) reported on the ERC's presence in Davos and the importance of frontier research.

At the summit, ERC President Jean Pierre Bourguignon gave a number of interviews, including on Swiss national radio, as well as in the Dutch daily Financieel Dagblad. Furthermore, various media outlets featured ERC grantees speaking at the forum, including Prof. Hélène Rey, Prof. Sir Christopher Pissarides, Prof. Jeremy O'Brien, Prof. Maja Pantic, Prof. Natalie Stingelin and Prof. Martin Vetterli. Read or watch some of the coverage: the BBC, Science 2.0, SRF (CH).

ERC Proof of Concept Grant results in the press
Various media
2 February, 2016

On 22 January the ERC announced 135 researchers awarded Proof of Concept grants in 2015 call (see the press release). The funding allows ERC grantees to explore the innovation potential of their ERC-funded research. Media in seven EU countries as well as the international press reported on the grants, highlighting selected projects. Some of these newspapers were: Stern, Die Welt, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Vanguardia and SINC.

30 January, 2016

Could a violent head-on collision, some 100 million years after the Earth formed, be at the origin of the moon? That's what suggests a new study co-authored by ‪ERC Advanced grantee Prof. David Rubie, from Uni Bayreuth. According to the researchers involved in the project, the collision happened between the early Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia.

21 January, 2016

Dr Marta Mirazón Lahr, holder of an ERC Advanced Grant and researcher of human evolutionary biology from the University of Cambridge, has made the cover of the prestigious Nature  magazine. Dr Mirazón Lahr was awarded an ERC grant in 2011 to examine the origins of humans in East Africa. During the fieldwork, her team discovered the oldest evidence of warfare so far. The unearthed skeletal remains of a group of foragers, massacred around 10,000 years, suggest warfare was present already in late Stone Age. The story was also picked up by mainstream media, such as Reuters, The Guardian and Le Monde.

BBC Mundo
9 January, 2016

Could one solution to climate change be to harvest the power of sunlight where it shines brightest on the planet? The BBC asked four experts, including  ERC Starting grantee Prof. Tony Patt, what they think about generating energy from the Saharan sun. In his ERC project, Prof. Patt aims to verify if it is possible to solar panel the desert in order to power Europe. The story was also covered by BBC News.