Barcelona BioMed Forum

Reaching the frontier: How to achieve success with the ERC

27 May 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 16h-19h
Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona
Organized by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

The European Research Council (ERC) was established in 2007 as the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. With a budget of nearly 7.5 billion euros over 7 years, the ERC is committed to helping the very best researchers push the boundaries of knowledge and disciplines to engage in truly cutting-edge science.

The ERC is a powerful mechanism to drive research of excellence and its establishment has brought with it huge potential and huge expectations. The first call in 2007 was met with a staggering 9167 applications for the coveted 250 grants available. With such steep competition, what are the factors that make the difference? Which characteristics must a researcher have to tap into this important resource? What role do universities, research institutes, regions and governments play and how can they contribute to chances for success?

The aim of this Barcelona BioMed Forum is to bring together key players from the ERC, together with local and national science policy makers, as well as researchers who have received ERC grants to examine the factors that have enabled them to take advantage of this important resource.

There is no registration fee for this event, but participants must register. All sessions will take place in English.

This event is organized in conjunction with the ISE Conference: ERC – From Programme to Institution, to be held at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans on Friday, May 28. See event webpage.

Hosted by: Institut d'Estudis Catalans

Preliminary Programme

  • 16.00 Welcome by Joan Domènec Ros (Vice-President, IEC)
  • 16.05 Introduction by Joan J. Guinovart (Director, IRB Barcelona)
Session I
  • 16.10 Policy makers as partners in success Chaired by Federico Mayor Zaragoza (President, Initiative for Science in Europe)
  • 16.15 Andreu Mas-Colell (ERC Secretary General)
  • 16.30 Montserrat Torné (Director General for International Cooperation
    and Insitutional Relations, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation)
  • 16.50 Joan Roca (General Director for Research, Department of Innovation,
    Universities and Business, Government of Catalonia)
  • 17.10 Coffee break
Session II
  • 17.30 Round table discussion: Stories of ERC success.
    Chaired by Joan J. Guinovart (Director, IRB Barcelona)
    Miguel Beato (Director, Center for Genomic Regulation)
    Niek F. van Hulst (ICREA Research Professor, ICFO - Inst. of Photonic Sciences, ERC Advanced Grant recipient)
    Marta Reynal (ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and ERC Starting Grant recipient)
Session III
  • 18.20 Success stories from abroad.
    Chaired by Joan J. Guinovart (Director, IRB Barcelona)
  • 18.20 Israel Pecht (FEBS and Weizmann Institute, Israel)
  • 18.40 Wilhelm Gruissem (President of the European Plant Science Organization and ETH Zurich)
  • 19.00 Closing comments, Joan J. Guinovart
    Followed by reception

The ISE Conference: “ERC – From Programme to Institution” will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Sala Pere i Joan Coromines.

Institut d'Estudis Catalans
C. del Carme, 47
08001 Barcelona

Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180


How to reach the IEC:

From Barcelona El Prat airport:

Via Taxi
A taxi from the airport to the IEC should take about 25 minutes and cost around 25-30 euros depending on traffic and luggage.

Via Train
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gracia station, in about 25 mins and costs 2.80 Euros for a single ticket. Change here for the Green Line metro to Liceu. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the metro station (see map).

Via Bus
A transfer service called "Aerobus" will also take you from the airport to Plaça Catalunya and costs 4.25 Euros. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Girona airport:

The "Barcelona bus" runs a transfer service between Girona Airport and Barcelona's city centre, scheduled to coincide with Ryan Air flights. The bus stops right outside the airport and will take you to Estacio d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal), with a journey time of about 1 hr 10 min. The nearest Metro stop to the bus station is Arc De Triomf, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station (exit the bus station Sortida Nàpols). Take the Red Line (L1) to Plaça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Sants train station:

Transfer to the metro Red Line (L1), and get off at laça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

If you are arriving locally:

  • metroMetro
    Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
    Liceu (line 3)
  • ffccFGC
    Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
  • renfeRenfe
    Plaça Catalunya
  • busBuses
    41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
    14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)