ERC at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting 2023 in Davos
16 - 20 January 2023
17:00 - 12:00
World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum

For the tenth time, the European Research Council (ERC) will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 16 to 20 January, to bring science to the discussions. ERC President Prof. Maria Leptin will speak in several sessions, of which two are live-streamed, on the state of the pandemic and on science collaboration. Stellar ERC-funded researchers - Professors Johan Rockström, Joyeeta Gupta, Martin Vetteri as well as Anna Fontcuberta and Jonathan Home - also share their latest scientific insights.

The theme of this year’s gathering is “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”.

For the first time, science will take centre stage in a WEF high-level plenary session. In this live-streamed session on climate change with with Al Gore and others, Johan Rockström and Joyeeta Gupta will deliver a preview of groundbreaking science of an Earth Commission report, which outlines newly quantified ‘Earth System Boundaries’ designed to safeguard a stable and resilient planet and underpin the setting of science-based targets for businesses, cities and governments.

Anna Fontcuberta and Jonathan Home speak on “Getting Ready for Quantum Computing” on Tuesday 17 January.

Live streamed sessions:

Wednesday 18 January

9:00 - 9:45 CET |  State of the pandemic

How can the world shift its COVID-19 strategy from pandemic response to endemic management and close the persistent gaps in access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and health services?

Maria Leptin

ERC President

Stéphane Bancel

Chief Executive Officer, Moderna

Seth Berkley

CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine alliance.

Michelle Williams

Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Sasha Vakulina


14:00 - 15:00 CET |  Leading the Charge through Earth's New Normal

The world is undergoing interacting crises in food, energy, health and nature that are threatening our way of life and accelerating us towards a global catastrophe. What visionary leadership is needed for systems thinking, transformative solutions and global collaboration to build a more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future?

ERC grantees speaking:
Johan Rockström

Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - ERC grantee

Joyeeta Gupta

Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, University of Amsterdam - ERC grantee

Other speakers: 

Al Gore, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego, Marc Benioff, Andrew Forrest, Fawn Sharp, Yo-Yo Ma, Gim Huay Neo


Friday 20 January

9:00 - 9:45 CET | Doubling down on science 

From a breakthrough in nuclear energy fusion to the discovery of exotic particles using the particle accelerator, finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges requires collaboration across borders, cultures and disciplines. What approaches hold the greatest promise for effective science collaboration?

Maria Leptin

ERC President

Kimberly Budil

Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

Adolf Faustine Mkenda

Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Tanzania

Amiram Appelbaum

Chairman Israel Innovation Authority

Tolu Oni

Director, Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network, MRC Epidemiology and Chair at Innovation Africa, University of Pretoria and an Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town.


Megan Palmer

Executive Director, Bio Policy and Leadership Initiatives; Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University


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Media Contact: Madeleine Drielsma, Press Adviser to ERC President