The first-ever image of an event horizon – the gravitational boundary of a black hole beyond which light cannot escape – was revealed on 10 April and is the best evidence yet that these phenomena really do exist. It was the result of a global collaboration of hundreds of scientists, using multiple telescopes around the world to pick up the high-frequency radio waves emitted by matter pulled into the event horizon.
Listen and learn with Nature Careers and the ERC. Six new podcasts provide first-hand accounts of exactly how the ERC works and how its grants and other schemes could provide an opportunity for you to further your career.
In a post-truth, expert-dismissing era, how can we ensure government policies are derived from evidence based information? The European Science-Media Hub was set up by the European Parliament for this very reason, to help with science communication and bridge the knowledge gap between science policy makers, researchers, and journalists.
How can universities attract more ERC grants? Zdeněk Strakoš at Charles University, Prague lets us in on their methods. Starting in 2008, he worked as an ERC Advanced Grant evaluator. Educated both in maths and computer science, he is currently a Professor of Mathematics.
Seas and oceans cover about 70% of the Earth's surface, playing a crucial role in the development of life and fundamental to our ecosystems. ERC funded scientists devote a lot of energy and resources to investigate the seas around the world - this article describes some recent projects concerning sea and oceanic explorations.
What road would bring an American researcher to Europe and keep her there? Juleen R. Zierath, Professor of Physiology at the Karolinska Institutet tells us her story, and that of her research to prevent diabetes.
In order to achieve equal access and participation in science, the United Nations declared 11/2 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We took this opportunity to speak with Isabelle Vernos, a member of the ERC’s Scientific Council since 2011 and Chair of the ERC’s Gender Balance Working Group, about what the ERC has done to support female researchers.
All decisions we make as humans are subject to implicit bias - simply a distortion in our thinking process, a cognitive shortcut we take to come to a decision. It comes in many forms, but all have the consequence of error prone decisions. It can be difficult to avoid implicit bias as it often operates outside our immediate awareness, hence it is also known as unconscious bias.