The European Research Council turns 10 in 2017. To celebrate this, the “ERC Week” will run from the 13 to the 19 March. During this week, and throughout 2017, special ERC events will take place across Europe.
At ICIQ we wanted to join this celebration. To do so, we have organised a full “ERC Day” that will take place on Thursday, March 16th, at ICIQ Auditorium. The event will feature invited talks by Prof. Andreu Mas-Colell (BIST President and former ERC Secretary General), Dr. Esther Rodríguez Blanco (ERC National Contact Point), and Prof. Antonio Echavarren (ICIQ Group Leader and ERC Advanced grantee). In addition to that, Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs (ICIQ Director) will moderate a panel between Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós, Prof. Rubén Martín, Prof. Paolo Melchiorre and Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol, all of them both ICIQ Group Leaders and ERC Grantees. They will discuss their experience applying for ERC Grants and how ERC funds helped them consolidate their research groups.
Since ERC started, ICIQ has been awarded 15 projects, meaning more than €17 million in competitive funding. This money helped ICIQ create a total of 125 jobs between PhD students, Postdocs and Technicians. Thanks to ERC funding, groups were able to buy state of the art equipment to develop their research, a total of 71 devices. Of course, we can’t forget the main goal of ERC: promoting high quality, high impact research that can be transferred to society. ICIQ published 215 peer-reviewed paper and was granted two patents thanks to ERC funding.
Last but not least, we have to communicate our science to the wider public. In that spirit, we developed this infographic together with Chemunicate to tell everyone about the impact that ERC had on ICIQ and our local community in Tarragona. Feel free to share it, print it, and help us spread the word! We are delighted to celebrate 10 years of ERC.
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