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Three Nobel laureates and 23 winners of the prestigious grants of the European Research Council (ERC) will meet with MEPs in Strasbourg on 31 May.

The event “Investing in Young Researchers, Shaping Europe’s Future” is hosted by the European Parliament. This is the first joint initiative of the European Parliament's STOA panel and the ERC, and the event will also include high-level speakers from Parliament and Commission.


Six parallel exchange sessions will bring together ERC grantees and MEPs around topical themes of interest for both scientists and policy makers:


  • modern energy solutions
  • eco-efficient transport
  • sustainable management of natural resources
  • digital revolution - potential and challenges of the Information Society
  • health and life sciences
  • science policy, communication and global networking


These panels will show what Europe does for research through powerful testimonies and authoritative feedback provided by mainly young ERC grantees. Furthermore, this dialogue will consider how initiatives as the ERC, and programmes such as Horizon 2020, can help shape the future of Europe.


Detailed programme of the event is available here.


Researchers who are speakers at the event.

Follow the event on Twitter: #ERCSTOA


Press pack on the ERC


Practical information for journalists


The plenary part and the exchange sessions will take place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg from 8:30 until 11:30.


The plenary parts of the event will be web-streamed and interpreted.


Journalists that already hold a permanent media accreditation with the European Parliament will be able to access the event. For those not holding a permanent media accreditation, requests to attend the conference can be sent to Video and photo journalists should get a special accreditation to be allowed to use their cameras during the conference.


Seats will be reserved for the press.