Arqus devotes its third podcast to the support to research in Europe

Arqus Knowledge Pills and the picture of Eystein Jansen

A new Arqus Knowledge Pill is now out! The third episode of the Arqus podcast focuses on the “Friends of the ERC” initiative.

How can we support basic research in Europe?

The European Research Council (ERC) is one of the biggest institutions in Europe providing funding to carry out basic research. Receiving an ERC grant is a prestigious accolade for any researcher. Recently, the ERC faced the imminent danger of losing a big part of its budget. As a consequence, 19 leading international scientists and universities from 8 different countries formed the “Friends of the ERC” initiative, which included a petition to protest against the cutting of the ERC’s budget. In this third episode of the “Arqus Knowledge Pills”, we talked with Prof. Eystein Jansen, a member of the ERC Scientific Council from the University of Bergen, about its goals and about the worth and relevance of basic research.

Note: When this episode was recorded, the outcome of the “Friends of the ERC” campaign was yet unclear. In the meantime, the combined pressure that this one and other similar campaigns had, has been in part successful. In the end, the budget amounted to 16,1 billion Euros, which is substantially higher than the originally intended sum.

Website of the "Friends of the ERC" initiative.

The episodes of the “Arqus Knowledge Pills” are published on a regular basis and can be subscribed to on Spotify, anchor and other platforms (see below). Gerhild Leljak (University of Graz) and Pietro Osti (University of Padua) are the moderators that lead listeners through each episode.