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16 Jun 2015

ERC celebrates 5,000th top researcher funded

Eight years after its launch, the European Research Council (ERC) is celebrating a significant milestone: the funding of its 5,000th researcher. To mark this occasion, a debate in the European Parliament and a symbolic awarding of the grant will take place on 16 June in Brussels.

The 5000th grantee, Dr Iva Tolić, is a leading Croatian cell biophysicist. An ERC Consolidator Grant will allow her to study the forces acting on the chromosomes during cell division. Her research could be critical for the development of new therapies against cancer. Dr Tolić will carry out her project at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb.

The celebration of the 5000th ERC grantee will take place in Brussels through a series of events. Invited by the European Parliament, the ERC will take part in an exchange of views in the EP's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, where ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will address the Committee. The 5000th grantee, Dr Iva Tolić, as well as another ERC grantee, Prof. Nicola Pugno, will highlight what the ERC funding means for researchers.

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