Anniversary conference – ERC 10 years

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  • Date: 17 May 2017
  • Time: 13.00–17.00, with reception to follow
  • Place: Oscars Theatre, Kungsgatan 63, Stockholm
  • Arranger: The Swedish Research Council, in collaboration with the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Young Academy of Sweden
  • #ERC10yrs

A decade ago, the EU Commission established a European Research Council (ERC), for the purpose of promoting European basic research of the highest scientific quality and supporting leading edge research within all fields of study. Financing from the ERC is now one of the highest accolades available to researchers in Europe. Since it was founded, around 7 000 researchers have received grants from the ERC, of which around 250 from Sweden.

As the ERC is now celebrating its 10th anniversary, a half-day conference is being arranged at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm.

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Keynote speakers

Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

Helene Hellmark Knutsson Minister for Higher Education and Research

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

President of the European Research Council


Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994 till 2013. This international research institute located near Paris, France, was built as the European counterpart of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

A mathematician by training, specialized in differential geometry and mathematical aspects of theoretical physics, he spent his whole career as a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He held a Professor position at École polytechnique from 1986 to 2012. From 1990 to 1992, he was President of the Société Mathématique de France and President of the European Mathematical Society from 1995 to 1998. He is a former member of the Board of the EuroScience organisation (2002-2006) and served on EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) committees from 2004 to 2013. He received the Prix Paul Langevin in 1987 and the Prix du Rayonnement Français in Mathematical Sciences and Physics from the Académie des Sciences de Paris in 1997. He is a foreign member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences.

In 2005, he was elected honorary member of the London Mathematical Society and has been the secretary of the mathematics section of the Academia Europaea. In 2008, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa of Keio University, Japan, and, in 2011, Doctor Honoris Causa of Nankai University, China.

Dr Anna Lönnroth Sjödén

Head of Unit (Life Sciences)
ERC Executive Agency

Anna Lönnroth Sjödén is Head of the Life Sciences unit at the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA). The unit manages the scientific evaluation of frontier research grant applications and monitoring of running ERC projects in the Life Sciences area.

Before joining the ERCEA in 2013, she was Deputy Head of the Infectious Diseases and Public Health Unit in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation in the European Commission, where she managed research policy development and proposal evaluations.

She joined the Commission in 1994 as a scientific officer to work on EU research funding in genomics. She holds a PhD in molecular genetics from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.


Moderator: Kerstin Sahlin, Secretary general for Humanities and Social Sciences at The Swedish Research Council.



Professor Sven Stafström, Director-General, Swedish Research Council


Goals and visions for Swedish research

Mrs Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research


ERC in the past, present and future

Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council (ERC). Download the speech here.PDF


Outcomes of ERC-funded research

Dr Anna Lönnroth Sjödén, Head of Unit (Life Sciences), ERC Executive Agency


The ERC’s impact on research and careers – Dialogue with Swedish grantees

Dejan Kostic, Professor of Internetworking, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Johan Elf, Professor of Physical Biology, Uppsala University

Carolina Wählby, Professor of Quantitative Microscopy, Uppsala University

Torsten Persson, Professor of Economics, Stockholm University

Chair: Camilla Svensson, Young Academy of Sweden


Coffee break


Panel discussion: How to further strengthen Sweden as a research nation?

Professor Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University

Göran K Hansson is Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Karolinska Institute

Professor Klaus Bock, ERC Vice-President

Chair: Göran Sandberg, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation


Research presentations

Magda Bienko, Assistant Professor of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet

Anders Johansen, Professor of Astronomy, Lund University

Staffan I. Lindberg, Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Professor of Mediated Culture, Linköping University


Music performance

Presentation of the 2016 ERC Grantees


Final remarks

Sven Stafström, Director-General, Swedish Research Council




Contact at the Swedish Research Council

Gergana Angelova Hamberg, Primary NCP for ERC and Senior Research officer, Swedish Research Council

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Senast uppdaterad: 2017-09-29