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Highlight | 26-06-2017
The ERC will participate in the eleventh edition of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), held in Dalian, China, from 27 to 29 June, for the sixth year running. President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and 10 ERC grantees will discuss the latest scientific findings during 11 sessions and a press conference. Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla, Mexican ERC grantee in epigenetics based in Germany, is an AMNC Co-Chair this year.

The AMNC, organised by the World Economic Forum and also known as Summer Davos, is one of the main global events on science, technology and innovation. It gathers top researchers and leaders from fast growing enterprises, government, media and civil society from over 90 countries. The 2017 edition will address the topic "Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution". The 10 ERC grantees will shed light on a wide range of topics and fields ranging from energy storage, and digital economy to neuroscience. Six of the grantees are part of the World Economic Forum's Young Scientists Programme that gathers outstanding young talent. An ERC Ideas Lab - "Exploring Epigenetics with the European Research Council: Discover new ideas and insights" - will present the most innovative and recent ideas in this field.

PRESS BRIEFING: Science Under Attack!

Wednesday 28 June 11.45 -12.15 Dalian International Conference Center

With support from the ERC, leading scientists examine why scientific evidence appears to be threatened, the need for borderless science in an era of growing protectionism, why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded and the  implications for business and society.


  • Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC President
  • Lu Bai, Chinese top scientist and founder of the science communication platform "The Intellectuals"
  • Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla, AMNC 2017 Co-Chair and also speaking in the ERC Ideas Lab
  • Vanessa Wood, American ERC grantee in Zurich. Cutting edge research on lithium battery 


The European Research Council (ERC), set up by the European Union and celebrating its tenth anniversary, is the first European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It offers three core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator and Advanced. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe. To date, the ERC has funded nearly 7,000 top researchers at various stages of their careers. Of these there are a few hundred non-European researchers including several Chinese top scientists. Moreover, hundreds of Chinese are working as part of the ERC teams.

The ERC actively promotes global research collaboration and aims to make Europe more attractive to first-class scientists from anywhere in the world. An agreement with China was for instance signed to encourage Chinese scientists to join ERC-funded research teams in Europe.

The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council. The ERC President is Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. The ERC has a budget of over €13 billion for the years 2014 to 2020 and is part of the EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for which European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Carlos Moedas is responsible.

The ERC took part in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions for the first time in 2012. It then participated in the Davos Summit in Switzerland, in January 2013, and has since been present at both events every year. The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agenda.