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The ERC will participate in the 12th edition of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), also known as "Summer Davos". Organised by the World Economic Forum, it will be held in Tianjin, China, from 18 to 20 September 2018.

This year, the ERC takes part in the "Summer Davos" for the seventh year running. ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and eleven ERC grantees, leaders in their respective fields, will speak in eleven sessions on a variety of compelling topics such as nutrition and exercise, language acquisition and the neurosciences of hearing.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will speak in a panel on “Standing up for Science” (Tuesday 18 Sep. 12:30-13:15).

There will be a dedicated ERC Ideas Lab, "The Science of Language and Music " (Tuesday 18 Sep. 15:00-16:15) with ERC grantees Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Fang Liu and Sabine Stoll, and an introduction by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

Press Conference: "Through Food Research to Healthier Lives"
Wednesday 19 September
14:15 – 14:45 (Briefing Centre)

From nutrition to exercise, European researchers are breaking new ground in the field of health. With very different approaches they are pushing the frontiers of knowledge and are set to contribute in the fight against our most common diseases from obesity to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Speakers: European Commissioner and Co-Chair of AMNC 2018 Carlos Moedas; ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon; ERC grantees Katrien de Bock, Aoife Gowen, Laura Nyström.

Brochure -  ERC programme & biographies of ERC delegation

List of ERC grantees:

  • Dr Jean-Julien Aucouturier, CNRS, Paris
  • Prof. Shazada Ahmad, Basque Centre for Materials
  • Prof. Katrien de Bock, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Michael Janus Bojdys, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Prof. Aoife Ann Gowen, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Søren Hauberg, Technical University of Denmark
  • Prof. Fang Liu, University of Reading
  • Prof. Laura Nyström, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Marianna Obrist, University of Sussex
  • Prof. Sabine Stoll, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Sriram Subramanian, University of Sussex

Six of the ERC grantees are part of the WEF Young Scientists programme: Shahzada Ahmad, Michael Janus Bojdys, Aoife Ann Gowen, Søren Hauberg and Marianna Obrist and Sriram Subramanian.

The ERC speakers are available for media interviews:

Press Contact

Madeleine Drielsma
ERC Press advisor

The AMNC is a major global summit on science, technology and innovation, gathering young leaders from academia, fast growing enterprises, government and civil society, as well as the media, from over 90 countries. The 2018 edition will address the topic of "Shaping Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution".