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ERC Annual Conference 2023: Research on Diversity & Diversity in Frontier Research

08:30 - 18:00

This was 7 months ago


Brussels, Belgium

Covent Garden, Place Rogier 16 B-1049 Brussels Belgium

The subject of this year’s ERC Annual Conference is Research on Diversity & Diversity in Frontier Research

Background: There is growing awareness of the need to acknowledge and accommodate diversity in our societies and in science. To fully understand the world we live in and to foster inclusive and fair societies, we need to take into account the plurality of perspectives and life experiences that exist. In the same vein, for science to be excellent, research designs must be able to capture and represent the diversity of the phenomena that are studied. Research that overlooks this risks leading to partial, misrepresentative or inaccurate results and to the misapplication of its findings. Likewise, technological applications are likely to benefit greatly from the participation of people with different backgrounds and needs to ensure a broad and inclusive application and use of these.

Aim: This workshop will showcase frontier research projects funded by the ERC that both study diversity in society and that exemplify the importance of taking diversity into account in research designs

Programme in brief

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.15 Opening address by Commissioner (tbc)

9.15 – 9.25 Introduction by Maria Leptin, ERC President

9.25 – 10.20 Keynote: The Female Turn: How Evolutionary Science Shifted Perceptions About Females by Malin Ah-King, Stockholm University, SE

10.20 – 10.40 Coffee break

10.40 – 12.10 Session I: Diversity in Health Research

12.10 - 13.10 Lunch

13.10 – 14.40 Session 2: Diversity from a Technological and Legal Perspective

14.40 – 15.10 Coffee break

15.10 – 16.40 Session 3: Perceptions of Diversity, with contributions from among others the project NEUROEPIGENETHICS: investigating neurodiversity in a neuromixed research group of PI Kristien Hens, University of Antwerp

16.40 – 17.45 Session 4: Roundtable: The Importance of Diversity in Research

17.45 – 18.00 Concluding remarks by Commissioner (tbc)

The full programme, speaker’s bios, concept note and registration form are available on the ERC website

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image of MareGraph - Towards an Interoperable Marine Knowledge Graph

MareGraph - Towards an Interoperable Marine Knowledge Graph

The MareGraph project, ‘Towards an Interoperable Marine Knowledge Graph’, obtained funding under the Digital Europe topic ‘OPEN-AI – Public Sector Open Data for AI and Open Data Platform’. The project will increase the semantic, technical, and legal interoperability of three selected high-valued datasets (HVDs) all maintained by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), which is one of the four partners of the project. This will allow the onboarding of essential marine datasets in the Common European Data Spaces. As such MareGraph will provide a structural component in the digital transition of the marine landscape. The numerous impacts of the project will benefit our seas globally in old and new ways to come.