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24 June 2024 | AM 9

Collaboration with the Young Academy of Europe continues

The Young Academy of Europe, in collaboration with the AE Budapest Hub, held its next online mentoring event for ERC Starting Grant applicants

One of the main missions of this event series is to promote widening participation to researchers from EU13 and Associated Countries in the European Research Council's (ERC) Starting Grants.

The online event included two parts. First, a plenary information session with welcoming words from Prof. László Lovász (ERC Scientific Council member), Péter Hegyi (Academic Director, Academia Europaea Budapest Knowledge Hub) and Katalin Solymosi (Chair, Young Academy of Europe), followed by a presentation by Maria Leptin (President of ERC) about the why and what of the ERC’s recent changes to the evaluation of research proposals, and a talk by Angela Liberatore (Head of the Scientific Management Department at ERC Executive Agency) about the implementation of the recently introduced changes in the grant evaluation procedures. The presentations were followed by a Q&A, moderated by Scott Bremer (Vice-Chair, Young Academy of Europe).

The second part of the event included three parallel sessions by scientific domain, each featuring current YAE members who have recently secured an ERC StG and who shared their pieces of advice about grant proposal writing and oral interview preparation with the audience of the domain-specific break-out rooms: Physical Sciences & Engineering (PE), Life Sciences (LS), and Social Sciences & Humanities (SH).

The virtual event was attended by more than 100 participants who were very active asking questions during the sessions. The online event was recorded, the recordings from the plenary and the break-out sessions will be available on YAE's YouTube channel.