ERC grants: workshops with members of the ERC Scientific Council

How to write a winning grant proposal? How are research proposals evaluated? Members of the ERC Scientific Council, awarding prestigious grants, will personally talk about it during workshops organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences on October 24 in Warsaw. Registration open till October 10th!

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European Research Council grants support unique pioneering research based in Europe. The motto of the program is "high risk - high gain", and the sole criterion for evaluating ERC proposals is scientific excellence. The grants amount to up to 3.5 million euros per grant.

Special guests

Polish scientists have a unique opportunity to participate in the workshops, which will be led by members of the ERC Scientific Council. The following individuals will appear in Warsaw:

• Jean-Pierre Bourgignon, ERC President and Chairman of the ERC Scientific Council;
Barbara Romanowicz, seismologist from the University of California, Berkeley;
Tomas Jungwirth, physicist from the Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences;
Martin Stokhof, philosopher from the University of Amsterdam;
Andrzej Jajszczyk, specialist in computer and telecommunications networks from the AGH University of Science and Technology;
Nektarios Tavernarakis, microbiologist and geneticist from the University of Crete.

The meeting will open with words of welcome form the Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences Prof. Paweł Rowiński, and the introduction from Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, the Minister of Science and Higher Education.


In the first part, workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet with the ERC Scientific Council members and Polish ERC grant winners. Additionally, three parallel sessions are planned, each dedicated to different area: social sciences and humanities, physical sciences and engineering and life sciences. The workshop agenda includes two speeches.

  1. Jean-Pierre Bourgignon will explain how ERC grants differ from other sources of funding.
  2. Andrzej Jajszczyk, the only Polish member of ERC Scientific Council, will present the program offer (types of grants, evaluation procedures, etc.).

Next, during the discussion panel, we will look for the answer to the question of how to make ERC grants more attractive to Polish researchers. We invited laureates of ERC, MSCA, FNP grants, as well as representatives of the Young Scientists Council and the Polish Young Academy.

Members of the ERC Scientific Council will have the chance to take a closer look at the problems faced by scientists in Poland. The conclusions will be collected in form of a document that after a series of consultations will be send to the European Research Council and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

We have also prepared a special poster session - workshop participants will be more familiar with pioneering research conducted in Poland.

What, where, when

Feel invited to the ERC workshops that will be held on October 24th (from 9.00 to 16.00) at the PAS Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering in Warsaw (ul. Trojdena 4). Workshops held entirely in English.

Participation in workshops is free of charge, but registration is mandatory since the number of participants is limited. Online registration closes on October 10th at 13.00 pm.

You will be notified by email for a successful registration. As the organizers reserve the right to select participants your participation depends on the information provided in the registration form.

For more information contact the PAS Excellence in Science Department (+48 22 182 60 83,

The ERC workshops accompany the October plenary meeting of the ERC Scientific Council in Poland. In Warsaw, we will host 6 out of 22 outstanding scientists forming the Council.

Source: Polish Academy of Sciences