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ERC Grants for Top Researchers from Anywhere in the World



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Join us for a webinar on bottom-up funding from the European Research Council, the premier European funding organization for excellent frontier research. The ERC supports investigator-driven frontier research across all fields. It awards research grants to scientists and scholars from all over the world, both early-career and senior researchers, carrying out their ambitious research projects in all scientific disciplines in Europe.


In this webinar, an ERC grantee will share their experiences applying for grants and give advice to applicants based outside of Europe, and you will hear from a National Contact Point (NCP) and university representative to discover how to find your future host institute and get your application questions answered.


Familiarize yourself with the basics and check out the ERC Classes video playlist beforehand.


This free webinar is directed at post-doctoral researchers and established researchers (PhD plus two years' experience) of all disciplines and all nationalities. It will take place on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern / 8:00 AM Pacific / 5:00 PM CEST (convert to your local time zone here).


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This post will be updated with speaker biographies in the near future and is being shared now to allow for advance registrations.


ERC webinar flyer October 2022





Date & Duration
- (Wed, 12 Oct 2022, All day)
(Virtual), United States
Events2022ERCERC grantsResearchEuropeNorth AmericaEuropean research council



Pavel Plevka

Pavel Plevka is Research Group Leader and Deputy Director for Research Infrastructure at CEITEC Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is a structural virologist and was awarded two ERC grants - Starting and Consolidator. Pavel Plevka has determined the structures of several viruses, most notably that of human enterovirus 71 that causes potentially fatal encephalitis in small children. Furthermore, he studied the maturation of the dengue virus. He focuses on X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy of viruses and other macromolecular complexes. Pavel Plevka studied Molecular Biology and Virology at the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague and graduated in 2002, then went on to complete his doctoral studies in Structural Biology in 2009 at Uppsala University in Sweden. For the next four years, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Michael Rossmann’s Group at Purdue University in the United States. In 2013, he received an ERC Starting Grant and established his own research group that is focused on Structural Virology at CEITEC Masaryk University in Brno. He is a laureate of the Neuron Prize for Young Scientists and the Werner von Siemens Prize for the most important discovery in basic research. In 2020, he became the Deputy Director for Research Infrastructure at CEITEC Masaryk University. In 2022, he was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant.


Ester Jarour

Ester Jarour is the Communications Lead and Spokesperson at CEITEC Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She is a public relations and communications professional with a proven track record of improving the overall visibility of CEITEC research results, as well as engaging researchers in science communication activities. She is actively involved in several national and international expert groups in the area of science communication. In the Czech Republic, she is a member of the national association of research managers and administrators Czarma. She is also active in knowledge sharing on the international level, as a member of the international life science alliances Alliance4Life and EU-LIFE. Within Alliance4Life, she serves as a chair of the science communication focus group, and her main goal is to stimulate knowledge transfer and professional development of the focus group members. Ester Jarour is also actively involved in the ERC host institutions’ communication network. She is continuously striving to increase awareness about the importance of science communication and to motivate others to participate in science communication activities. Her ultimate vision is to restore the public’s trust in science and to raise the public’s awareness about emerging technologies and the importance of basic research in general.



Katerina Karakasidou

Katerina Karakasidou is a Scientific Officer in the European Programmes Department of the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) of Cyprus, the national authority in charge of supporting and promoting research, technological development and innovation. She is the National Contact Point (NCP) of Cyprus and Programme Committee Member for the European Research Council (ERC) and for Cluster 2 “Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society” of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027. She is also National Coordinator (CNC) for COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), a funding organisation supporting the networking of researchers in Europe and beyond. She holds an MSc in Management of Science, Technology and Innovation from the University of Manchester and has previously worked as a researcher in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, in the areas of science, technology and innovation policy and as a consultant.




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