01 Jul 2021
ERC and EIC hold first joint workshop
On 29 June 2021, the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Research Council (ERC) hosted their first joint workshop. The workshop was dedicated to gene and cell therapy, a dynamic field of research, ranging from basic science to clinical applications as well as a promising area of medicine. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the emerging scientific trends and potential applications of the scientific breakthroughs in an area of great importance both for scientists and for the lives of many people around the world. Participants of the workshop included ERC grantees active in the area of the gene and cell therapy, representatives of EIC gene and therapy projects and members of the EIC Board and ERC’s Scientific Council.
Professor Jean Pierre Bourguignon, President of the ERC ad interim, said this first joint workshop "brought together the world of research and the world of innovation to talk to each other, to understand each other better, but also to inspire each other". Mark Ferguson, President of the EIC Board, pointed out that the EIC's "mission is to support transformative technologies, innovations and businesses, and we are working very closely with the ERC to ensure that our instruments are designed to provide a continuum of possibilities for excellent science to translate into impactful applications". Under Horizon Europe, the EIC has just published an EIC Pathfinder Challenge call on emerging technologies in cell and gene therapy. The EIC and ERC state that they will continue their collaboration. The next thematic workshop will take place in autumn and will focus on energy storage technologies.
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