“A small miracle” – this is how Professor Klaus Bock, a long serving Vice-President of the ERC, describes the ERC's progress during its short existence. We asked the organic chemist to explain the six most decisive factors in its success.
Everyone agrees that some information must be kept private, such as your medical history. But databases that hold such data can be very useful for large scale research, for example in medical trials. How can we use such data while still respecting people's privacy? Three ERC funded researchers are exploring how multiparty computation can work to access the contents of different databases without having to compromise privacy.
In some western countries, graphic storytelling was in the past delegated to the comic strips covering overlooked back pages of the newspaper. In recent years it has become increasingly recognised as an important visual art form with the ability to communicate complex ideas. Comics engage not only children but also the curious and young at heart, whatever age they may be.
The term "Cultural Heritage" might bring to mind particularly scholarly research, rather than cutting-edge science. But the "Fair of European Innovations in Cultural Heritage" aims to prove exactly the opposite: its research community is alive and well, and keeping up with the latest technologies.
Meet fifteen women. Fifteen ERC grantees ready to tell their story in simple words. Based in Spain, they all share a passion for science and one common challenge: taking basic science out of the lab and bringing it closer to citizens, via schools, libraries, museums, and prisons.
Interview ERC grantee Natasa Przulj, Professor of Biomedical Data Science at UCL. The European Conference on Computational Biology took place from September 9 to 12 in Athens. The meeting gathered more than a thousand participants, allowing researchers from a variety of backgrounds - geneticists, molecular biologists, biochemists, computer scientists, statisticians - to come together at one of the most interdisciplinary gatherings in the Life Sciences.
Researchers sometimes have certain incorrect ideas about the ERC grant application process – "myths" that discourage them from applying for funding. In this article, Giulio Superti-Furga responds to some common misperceptions he has encountered over the years. Professor Superti-Furga, a molecular and systems biologist, has experience from both sides of the fence: he won several ERC grants from 2009 to 2015 and became a member of the ERC's Scientific Council in 2017.