Other sessions presented outcomes of ERC-funded research, and a panel discussion were held about how we can strengthen Sweden as a research nation, the latter chaired by Göran Sandberg, Executive Director for the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Academy member Staffan I. Lindberg, Professor of Political Science, provided one of the research presentations. The Director-General of the Swedish Research Council, Sven Stafström, concluded the conference with final remarks.
From the left: Professor Klaus Bock, ERC Vice-President, Göran K Hansson Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Karolinska Institute, Professor Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University, and Göran Sandberg, Executive Director for the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Photo: Young Academy of Sweden
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.
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