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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".

 

Press Conference: The Science of Healthy Ageing

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

BROCHURE - Programme and Speakers

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).

The ERC is also organising an Ideas Lab on Ther 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.

 

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Video messages with the ERC speakers:

 

Video message of Johan Rockström

 

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Video message of Virpi Lummaa

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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)

The theme for this year's summit is "Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution". Follow the ERC activities at the Davos summit on Twitter.