The Association of ERC Grantees will be launched during the Research & Innovation Days on September 24th, 09:45 — 10:30


European Research Council in the Future:
Creating Giant Leaps for Mankind!

Thursday, 24 September – 9:45-10:30.

Register here  –  Join the session online here

  • Presenting the ‘Friends of the ERC’ campaign
  • Live discussion with the panel and audience:
    The future of ERC and the importance of fundamental research
  • Lauching the new Association of ERC Grantees

Speakers :

Dag Rune OlsenRector, Universitetet i Bergen (NO), Friends of the ERC
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council (ERC)
Maria BlascoDirector, Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO)
Karin RoelofsProfessor, Radboud Universiteit (NL), Vice-President, Association of ERC Grantees
Frede Blaabjerg
, Professor, Aalborg Universitet (DK), Chairman,  The Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy.
Axel Cleeremans, Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles (BE), President, Association of ERC Grantees

Moderated by Søren Barlebo Rasmussen, Mobilize Strategy Consulting (DK)

The session is organised by Friends of the ERC and Association of ERC grantees, and a part of the European Research & Innovation DaysEuropean Research Council of the future: Creating GIANT LEAPS FOR MANKIND! 

Speakers : Søren Barlebo Rasmussen, Frede Blaabjerg, Dag Rune Olsen, Maria Blasco, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Karin Roelofs 
This session will present the ‘Friends of the ERC’ campaign with 22,000+ signatures to protect ERC funding in the next EU budget. There will be a live discussion on the importance of fundamental research for the future of mankind, and the new Association of ERC Grantees will be launched. Organised by Friends of the ERC and Association of ERC grantees.


Practical info

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. This year, it is a fully virtual event, with the Policy conference and the Science is Wonderful! online exhibition.

By creating connections between cutting-edge scientific research and the most pressing challenges of a generation, the European Research and Innovation Days represent a unique opportunity to join the conversation and enact real change. From tackling the climate crisis to building a digital world that works for everyone, we’ll delve into the questions that shape who we are and the future we want to live in: it’s time to get involved!

The event is all about collaboration: bringing together individuals and experts from all areas to build connections and ignite a brighter future.