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Mauro Ferrari, the new President of the European Research Council (ERC), will represent the organisation at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. At the 50th edition of the famed summit, the ERC will bring pioneering research and the latest scientific insights to the discussions, also thanks to seven top scientists funded by the ERC.

The speakers will participate in an ERC press conference on climate change, and 8 sessions, including an ERC Ideas Lab entitled “The origin and destiny of our solar system”.

ERC President Mauro Ferrari will take part in the livestreamed session “The Global Science Outlook”.

BROCHURE: ERC programme and speakers at Davos 2020

22 January at 9:00 – 9:30

Press Conference: Europe – leading the response to the climate emergency
Press Conference Room, Media Village

  • Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education & Youth

  • Mauro FERRARI, ERC President

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ERC grantees attending the summit:

  • Conny AERTS, KU Leuven (BE)
  • Flemming BESENBACHER, Aarhus University, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Carlsberg A/S (DK)
  • Johan ROCKSTRÖM, Executive Director at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (DE)
  • Molly STEVENS, Imperial College (UK)
  • Emma TEELING, Univerity college Dublin (IE)
  • Ewine VAN DISHOECK, Leiden Univerity (NL)
  • Martin VETTERLI, President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (CH)

Sessions with ERC speakers:

21 January

09:00-10:15  | ERC Ideas Lab “The destiny of our solar system with the European Research Council”
ERC grantees Conny AERTS and Ewine VAN DISHOECK
Introduction: Mauro FERRARI, ERC President
Moderation: Brian SCHMIDT, Nobel Laureate and VC of Australian National University

13:30-14:00  | Ask About: Astrochemistry
with ERC grantee Ewine VAN DISHOECK

16:00-16:30  | Ask About: the Life and Death of Stars
with ERC grantee Conny AERTS

22 January

09:15-09:45  | Bats and the Secret of Everlasting Youth
with ERC grantee Emma TEELING

16:00-16:30  | Biosensors and the Future of Diagnostics
with ERC grantee Molly STEVENS

17:15-18:00  | Feeding the Planet for the Future
with ERC grantee Johan ROCKSTRÖM

17:15-18:00  | The Global Science Outlook
with ERC President Mauro FERRARI amongst the speakers

23 January

10:00-10:30  | Ask About: Biosensors
with ERC grantee Molly STEVENS


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For media interviews, please contact:
Madeleine Drielsma
Press Adviser to ERC President