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Three Jülich ERC Grant Holders Explain their Research

10th Anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC)

Jülich, 15 March 2017 – In 2007, the European Commission established the European Research Council (ERC) with the aim of encouraging excellent frontier research in Europe through competitive funding, supporting top researchers of all nationalities across all fields.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ERC

Several scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich have received ERC grants in different categories over the past few years. To celebrate the ERC’s 10th anniversary, we would like to share interviews with three of them. The scientists not only describe their research but also explain what the ERC Grant meant to them both on a personal level and in terms of their career.

Prof. Hans Ströher: two ERC Advanced Grants for nuclear physics

Prof. Hans Ströher, director at Jülich’s Nuclear Physics Institute (IKP), was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) on two separate occasions in 2010 and 2016. The ERC is thus funding Ströher’s research into finding the electric dipole moments (EDMs) of the elementary building blocks of matter – and therefore the very foundation of our universe’s existence. The funding amounts to about € 2.4 million over the next five years. Around 2,000 researchers had applied for an Advanced Grant from the ERC.



Jun.-Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis: ERC Consolidator Grant for new magnetic particles

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis was awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for the DYNASORE project, which aims to establish new magnetic particles for information technology by investigating their spin dynamics. One such example is a magnetic skyrmion: their structures are large and complex, thus requiring new concepts and algorithms for supercomputing. Lounis is a researcher at the Peter Grünberg Institute – Quantum Theory of Materials (PGI-1/IAS-1) and at RWTH Aachen University.



Dr. Pitter Huesgen: ERC Starting Grant for stress responses of plants

Dr. Pitter Huesgen received his ERC Starting Grant for the ProPlantStress project, which aims to obtain an unbiased, large-scale view of proteolytic processes in plants and their role in the abiotic and biotic stress responses of plants. Huesgen conducts his research at the Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics – Analytics (ZEA-3).



The ERC is celebrating "ERC Week" from 13 to 19 March.

Further information

European Research Council

ERC Week (13-19 March 2017)