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The conference will take stock of relevant research supported by the European Research Council (ERC) and will provide a networking forum for ERC-funded researchers as well as policy-makers. The event will highlight how curiosity-driven research funded by the ERC contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

More specifically, it has the following aims:

  1. to explore the state of the art of research related to sustainability challenges;
  2. to get a better understanding of current obstacles to achieving sustainable development goals;
  3. to highlight potential avenues for change based on new scientific insights

The event will be webstreamed:
Day 1
Day 2

BROCHURE

PROGRAMME
 
Monday 02 December 2019 | 12:15 – 18:00

Opening Session: Are we creating Pathways to Sustainability?

Moderator: Waldemar KUETT, Acting Director, European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)
Rapporteurs: Lino PAULA and Frank KUHN, Scientific Officers, ERCEA

 
11:30 - 12:15 | Registration
 
12:15  | Welcome Address
Waldemar KUETT, Acting Director, ERCEA
 
12:20 | Introduction to the Conference
Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON (see bio), President of the European Research Council (ERC)
 
12:25
Jean-Eric PAQUET, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation
Sustainability as a compass for R&I policy
 
12:35
Motoko KOTANI, Executive Director, RIKEN
Striving for sustainability by extending the frontiers of knowledge
 
12:50
Patrick CARON, President, High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) for Food Security and Nutrition CIRAD
SDG related contradictions invite us to interface differently with decision makers!
 
13:05
Johan ROCKSTROEM, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Planetary Stewardship in the Anthropocene
 
13:25 | Q&A
 
13:40 | Coffee break

Session 1: Human behaviour and sustainability

Moderator: Angela LIBERATORE, Head of Unit Social Sciences and Humanities, ERCEA
Rapporteurs: Lino PAULA and Frank KUHN, Scientific Officers, ERCEA

 
14:10 
Péter SZABO
People and forests in historical perspective
 
14:30
Jordi SUNYER
Brain development and air pollution ultrafine particles in school children
 
14:50
Vasileios KOSTAKIS
New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might
 
15:10
Elisa MORGERA
Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law
 
15:30 | Q&A
 
15:50 | Coffee break

Session 2: Feeding the future?

Moderator: Philippe CUPPERS, Head of Unit Life Sciences, ERCEA
Rapporteurs: Klelia SALPEA and Silvia NICOLAU-SOLANO, Scientific Officers, ERCEA

 
16:20
Nils BUNNEFDELD
Resolving conflicts between food security and biodiversity conservation under uncertainty
 
16:40
Eva KONDOROSI
Dual exploitation of natural plant strategies in agriculture and public health: enhancing nitrogen-fixation and surmounting microbial infections
 
17:00
Nicolas PLUMERE
In-Field Live Sensing of Nitrate in Crops for Real-Time Fertilization Adjustment
 
17:20
Patrice Daniel CANI
Targeting the gut microbiota to improve cardiometabolic disorders : the case of Akkermansia muciniphila as next generation beneficial microbe
 
17:40 | Q&A
 
18:00 | End of day one sessions
 
Tuesday 03 December 2019 | 9.00 – 16.00

Session 3: Affordable and clean energy

Moderator: Martin PENNY, Head of Unit Physical Sciences and Engineering, ERCEA
Rapporteurs: Christine COURILLON and Vanessa FIVET, Scientific Officers, ERCEA

 
09:00 
Giulia GRANCINI

Hybrid Perovskite semiconductors: a Game Changer in New Generation Photovoltaics
 
09:20
Matteo BALLOTTARI

Improving photosynthetic solar energy conversion in microalgal cultures for the production of biofuels and high value products
 
09:40
Natalia FABRA
The energy transition: challenges and opportunities
 
10:00
Ioannis PAPAKONSTANTINOU
Intelligent functional glazing with self-cleaning properties to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment
 
10:20 |  Q&A
 
10:40 | Coffee break

Session 4: Tackling climate change

Moderator: Alejandro MARTIN-HOBDEY, Head of Unit Call and Project follow-up coordination, ERCEA
Rapporteurs: Sara SERRANO-PEREZ, and Davide INNOCENTI, Scientific Officers, ERCEA

 
11:10
Anne MAGURRAN
Biological diversity in a changing world
 
11:30
Lisa WINGATE
Carbonic anhydrase: where the CO2, COS and H2O cycles meet
 
11:50
Anna KUPARINEN
Complex eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic ecosystems faced with human-induced and environmental stress
 
12:10
Nadia AMELI
Kick-starting global climate investments: uncovering hidden links in climate finance and exploring dynamic evolution of investment networks for policy design
 
12:30 | Q&A
 
12:50 | Lunch

Session 5: Sustainable cities and communities

Moderator: Michel VANBIERVLIET, Head of Unit Ethics Review and Expert Management, ERCEA
Rapporteurs: Davide INNOCENTI and Silvia SIGGIA, Scientific Officers, ERCEA

 
13:50
Maarten VAN HAM
Socio-spatial inequality and the life course. Breaking the vicious circle of poverty and segregation
 
14:10
Oksana MONT
Urban sharing: concepts, methods and initial findings
 
14:30
Markos PAPAGEORGIOU
Sustainability, Transportation and Automated Vehicles
 
14:50
Samuel SANCHEZ
Tiny self-powered submarines: Nanorobots for clean water
 
15:10 | Q&A 
 
15:30 | Closing remarks
Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON (see bio), President of the ERC
 
16:00 | End of conference