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At this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the European Research Council (ERC) will bring frontier science to the discussions, represented by ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and eight stellar ERC grantees. There will also be a press conference on the "The science of healthy ageing".

The Grantees attending the summit:

  • Prof. Flemming Besenbacher, Professor of Nanoscience, Aarhus University, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Carlsberg A/S (DK)
  • Dr Constantinos Demetriades, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (DE)
  • Prof. Virpi Lummaa, Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Turku (FI)
  • Prof. Jeremy O'Brien, Director at the Centre for Quantum Photonics at University of Bristol (UK)
  • Dame Prof. Linda Partridge, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (DE)
  • Prof. Johan Rockström, Executive Director at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (DE)
  • Prof. Martin Vetterli, President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (CH)
  • Prof. Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, University of London; Founder, Forensic Architecture research agency (UK)

Press conference:
Thu 24 January at 12.30-13.00 (Media Village, Press Room)
"The science of healthy ageing" with:

  • European Commissioner Carlos Moedas
  • ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
  • ERC grantees Dame Linda Partridge, Constantinos Demitriades and Virpi Lummaa

BROCHURE - Programme and Speakers

 

 

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The ERC is also organising an Ideas Lab ond “The Secrets to Healthy Longevity with the European Research Council” with grantees Dame Linda Partridge, Constantinos Demitriades and Virpi Lummaa, including an introduction by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (24 January 14.30 - 15.45).

ERC speakers will participate in over 10 sessions in total, with ERC President Bourguignon speaking on "Bridging Science with Society" (session open to the public), "Nurturing a positive research culture" and "The Ethical Imperative".

Grantees will speak on topics such as "The Big Picture on a Hothouse Earth" (Johan Rockström); "Systems Tipping Point: Computing Technology" (Jeremy O'Brien); "Searching for Truth" and "Preparing for future Migration Scenarios" (Eyal Weizman); "Mechanisms of Ageing" (Dame Linda Partridge); "Smarter Drug Design" (Costas Demetriades); "Social and biological drivers of Ageing" (Virpi Lummaa).

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The theme for this year's summit is "Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution".

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