This year the European Research Council celebrates its 10th anniversary. At this special occasion the ERC is organising its first official visit to the region of Eastern Partnership. The ERC 10th anniversary celebration event under title "Beyond 10 Years of the ERC: Supporting Excellent Researchers All Over Europe" jointly addresses research community from all Eastern Partnership countries together, including Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. The event aims to strengthen participation in ERC calls from researchers based in the region and will include ERC information day for potential applicants.

Participation: Upon invitation
Information & contact: ERC-WEP@ec.europa.eu

DAY 1 Strenghtening Eastern Partnership participation in ERC calls

12:00

Registration with welcome coffee

13:00

Welcome by the Host
Prof. George Sharvashidze, Rector, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Teimuraz Murghulia, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia

13:10

Welcome address by the ERC president [video message]
Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC President

13:15

 

ERC - 10 years of supporting  top researchers all across Europe
Prof. Eva Kondorosi, ERC Vice-president and Chair of the ERC Scientific Council WG on Widening European Participation

13:40

Spreading Research Excellence in Europe: Perspectives of Academia Europaea
Prof. Sierd Cloetingh, President Academia Europea, former ERC Vice-president

14:00

ERC challenges and opportunities for Georgian researchers
Prof. Marja Makarow, Science and Technology Expert under the Georgia-EU Association Agreement, former ERC panel chair

14:20

ERC grantee testimony
Prof. Georgi Dvali, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Max-Planck Institute for Physics, Germany

14:45 Coffee break
15:15

The ERC’s quest to support excellent researchers all over Europe
Asli Vural, ERC Working Group on Widening European Participation, ERC Executive Agency

15:30

Panel discussion: Scientific diaspora's perspectives on strengthening participation in ERC competitions

Introduction: Yannis Kechagiaras, EaP PLUS project manager, CeRISS, Greece
Panellists:
Dr Alexey Boyarsky, Institute of Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Prof. Georgi Dvali, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany
Prof. Zaal Kokaia, Director of Lund Stem Cell Center, Sweden
Prof. Dmitri A. Rusakov, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK
Prof. Victor Sourjik, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany
Dr Ala Trusina, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

16:30

Panel discussion: National and institutional perspectives on participation in ERC competitions
Moderator: Prof. Marja Makarow, Science and Technology Expert under the Georgia-EU Association Panellists:
Prof. Gheorghe Duca, President, Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Prof. Vardan Sahakyan, Deputy Chairman, State Committee of Science, Armenia
Prof. George Sharvashidze, Rector, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Prof. Alexander Tuzikov, Director, United Institute of Informatics Problems of the NAS, Belarus
Prof. Anatoly Zagorodny, Vice President, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Prof. Giga Zedania, Rector, Ilia State University, Georgia

17:25

Concluding Remarks
Prof. Eva Kondorosi, ERC Vice-president and Chair of  the ERC Scientific Council Working Group on Widening European Participation

17:30 Networking reception

DAY 2 ERC Information day for potential applicants

09:00

Registration with welcome coffee

09:30

Welcome by the Host
Manana Mikaberidze, Deputy Director General, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation

09:40

The European Research Council: Funding investigator-driven frontier research
Prof. Eva Kondorosi, ERC Vice-president and Chair of  the ERC Scientific Council Working Group on Widening European Participation

10:00 ERC application and evaluation procedure
Dr David Krasa, Head of Sector Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Scientific Department, ERC Executive Agency
10:15

How I got my ERC grant
Prof. Dmitri A.Rusakov, University College London, Institute of Neurology, UK

10:30 Recommendations from the ERC panel member
Prof. Zaal Kokaia, ERC Panel Member, Director of Lund Stem Cell Center, Sweden
10:45

Questions and answers: Applying for ERC grant

11:00 Coffee break
11:30

Panel discussion: The role of ERC National Contact Points: Supporting ERC applicants on national level
Moderator: Beatrice Thiry, ERC NCP Correspondent, ERC Executive Agency
Panellists:
Mariam Keburia, ERC NCP Georgia, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation
Olga Meerouskaya, NCP Coordinator Belarus, BelISA
Yanina Mishchuk, ERC NCP Ukraine, The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Dr Lidia Romanciuc, National Coordinator, Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Mariana Sargsyan, ERC NCP Armenia, State Committee of Science Armenia
Prof. Ulduz Hashimova, Health NCP Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

12:15

Panel discussion: Experiences with ERC applications by researchers from the region
Moderator: Dr David Krasa, Head of Sector Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Scientific Department, ERCEA
Panellists:
Prof. Sergei V. Dzyadevych, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Prof. Nicolae Enaki, Quantum Optics and Kinetic Processes Lab, Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Dr Oksana Piven, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Prof. Sergei L. Pyshkin, Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Prof. Yuriy Shckorbatov, Institute of Biology, V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

13:00

Concluding Remarks
Prof. Eva Kondorosi, ERC Vice-president and Chair of  the ERC Scientific Council Working Group on Widening European   Participation

16:00

Visit to the Georgian National Museum
Prof. David O. Lordkipanidze, Director of the Georgian National Museum