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  • Cover image of Climate change could lead to dramatic shifts in dryland ecosystems

    Climate change could lead to dramatic shifts in dryland ecosystems

    A study published in Science by ERC grantee Dr Fernando T. Maestre shows how increases in aridity such as those forecasted under climate change lead to abrupt shifts in dryland ecosystems worldwide, limiting their capacity to sustain life and provide...
  • Cover image of Diving ‘mermaids’ could tell us what the Earth and the ocean look like from within

    Diving ‘mermaids’ could tell us what the Earth and the ocean look like from within

    An ERC grant motivated Prof. Guust Nolet to move back to Europe to develop small underwater robots that could help us understand our planet’s structure. Ten years later, thanks to an industrial partnership funded by an additional ERC grant, these...
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    Antibiotic resistance: How did we get here?

    Finding ways to enlist the bacteria living in our bodies to defend against infections while better understanding their role in promoting antibiotic resistance are key to fighting this growing problem, says Dr Nassos Typas, a microbiologist at the...
  • Cover image of The tiny island with a big impact on climate research

    The tiny island with a big impact on climate research

    Amidst the raspy jabbering of Buzzards on a remote island at the edge of the Aegean Sea, one ambitious ERC grantee, Dr. Vassilis Amiridis, instigated the construction of a climate change superstation with the enthusiastic support of the ERC, the...
  • Cover image of Periodic table of shapes could uncover the structure of the universe

    Periodic table of shapes could uncover the structure of the universe

    Hailed as one of the most significant achievements in the field of science, the Mendeleev Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019. Not only has it revolutionised the way that scientists understand the basis of...
  • Cover image of Why viruses coated with peptides could hold the key to cancer immunity

    Why viruses coated with peptides could hold the key to cancer immunity

    A targeted and personalised method for triggering the body’s immune response could transform how we treat cancer. Thanks to a grant from the European Research Council (ERC), an inspired idea has been developed in the lab and turned into a ground...
  • Cover image of New biosensors help control phenylketonuria disease

    New biosensors help control phenylketonuria disease

    The LABPATCH project is developing two innovative biosensors to help medical professionals better detect phenylalanine levels – a leading indicator of phenylketonuria disease.
  • Cover image of The true costs of our healthy habits

    The true costs of our healthy habits

    The ASTAOMEGA project solves the problems linked to the production of omega-3 and antioxidants at the same time. The team promises higher production rates and improved sustainability at a lower cost.
  • Cover image of Turning carbon dioxide waste into carbon building blocks

    Turning carbon dioxide waste into carbon building blocks

    By creating a conversion process for recycling carbon dioxide into feedstock, the CO2Recycling project is paving the way towards a sustainable chemical industry.
  • Cover image of Luminescent leap forward: Maximising the efficiency of solar panels in bad weather

    Luminescent leap forward: Maximising the efficiency of solar panels in bad weather

    Inspired by the country’s cloudy weather, an Irish researcher has developed a new way to increase the efficiency of solar panels – even in the event of overcast skies. With a grant from the European Research Council (ERC), the disruptive technology...