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ERC President visits the University

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Published on Monday, 22 May 2017

On 22 May 2017, Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council (ERC), visited the University of Luxembourg. After a meeting with the Luxembourgish Minister Delegate for Higher Education and Research, Marc Hansen, he was welcomed by Acting President and Vice-President for Research of the University, Prof. Ludwig Neyses at the Maison du Savoir.

Prof. Bourguignon met with the rectorate, current ERC-Grant holders of the University, and representatives from different Luxembourgish research institutions. In his welcome address, Prof Ludwig Neyses provided an overview of the institution and highlighted its high success rate in ERC applications. Dr. Marc Schiltz, Secretary General of the National Research fund (FNR), talked about the emergence of the Luxembourgish research ecosystem from its humble beginnings in the 1980ies to its current state stressing the successful recruitment of international research talent.

During the event, Prof. Bourguignon answered participants’ questions regarding funding policies and best practices, but also asked the researchers about their experiences with the ERC processes. “These visits are extremely helpful for us to learn and get feedback for our work,” he said. After lunch, Prof. Bourguignon signed the golden book of the University of Luxembourg.

In the afternoon, five of the currently seven ERC Grant holders of the University, Prof Jan Lagerwall, Prof Alexandre Tkatchenko, Prof. Massimiliano Esposito (physics and material science), Stéphane Bordas (engineering science), and Associate Prof. Josip Glaurdić (political science) presented their research projects.

The ERC's mission is to foster high quality research in Europe. It is a central component of Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020. ERC funding is highly competitive across all fields of research, awarded only on the basis of scientific excellence.