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Researcher Profiles: Southeast Asia’s ERC Grantees


The ERC is the first European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run five-year projects based anywhere in Europe.

Since its creation in 2007, the ERC has awarded research grants worth nearly 12 billion euros to nearly 7,000 scientists and scholars from all over the world, both early-career and senior, carrying out their ambitious research projects in all scientific disciplines. Of these, nine are ASEAN nationals working in prestigious institutions across Europe. An estimated 300 ASEAN researchers work as team members on ERC-funded research projects. The ERC encourages more top ASEAN researchers to join the ranks of ERC grant holders.

To mark the ERC’s 10th anniversary we have invited some of the Southeast Asian trailblazers to share their research story with us.

Researchers in Profile:

Dr Liow Lee Hsiang, Singaporean biologist at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Dr QueeLim Ch’ng, Singaporean microbiologist at King’s College London in the UK.

Prof Danupon Nanongkai, a Thai theoretical computer scientist at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Prof Yee Whye Teh, Malaysian Professor of Statistical Machine Learning at the University of Oxford in the UK.


To find out more about the opportunities offered by the European Research Council (ERC) please visit the official website or read our latest EURAXESS ASEAN Newsletter.


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