African countries, like all others, have been taking measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Their success partly depends on how the population and their goods move through the continent. As part of our series on the ERC’s Scientific Officers and their favourite ERC funded research, political scientist Inge Ruigrok reflects on her own work in Africa. In parallel, she takes a timely look at Paul Nugent’s research into transport hubs, corridors and borders in African states.
Classicist Julie Baleriaux, part of the ERC’s team of Scientific Officers, describes her career path and shares with us some fascinating ERC funded research. Egyptologist Verena Lepper is deciphering 4000 years’ worth of text to uncover the secrets of an Island.
Apart from funding ground breaking research, the ERC also employs many excellent scientists to manage the grants that we support. We hear from mathematician Maria Teresa Gonzalez Cerveron who tells us how she came to work at the ERC and in turn introduces us to her favourite piece of ERC funded research, from Gil Kalai.
Pablo Amor, the first and longtime Director of the ERC is due to retire at the end of July. Before he left he gave us an insight into his career and what it is like managing such a singular Executive Agency.
“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.
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.