On 3 October 2013, the ARC was pleased to be visited by Professor Donald Dingwell, Secretary General of the European Research Council (ERC), Associate Professor Gordana Popovic, Scientific Officer, ERC Executive Agency and Dr Gemma Solomon, Assistant Professor, Nano Science Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of the 'Ideas Programme' of the European Union's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).

Instances of collaboration with European Union and associated countries account for 46.3 per cent of total instances of international collaboration on projects funded by the ARC in 2013. To date, there are 3321 incidences of collaboration with EU member states and associated countries on new and ongoing research projects with a funding allocation in 2013, under 13 different funding schemes.

Delegates discussed the ERC funding system, and the ERC's goal to raise awareness with Australian researchers to obtain ERC funding.

Please visit the Further information on the European Research Council's website for more information on its programs.

Professor Donald Dingwell with Professor Aidan Byrne
Professor Donald Dingwell, ERC Secretary General, with Professor Aidan Byrne.
ECR representatives with ARC staff
ARC and ERC representatives from left to right– Dr Laura Dan, Dr Mary Kelly, Dr Fiona Cameron, Professor Donald Dingwell, Professor Aidan Byrne, Dr Gordana Popovic, Dr Gemma Solomon, Professor Marian Simms, Professor Denise Meredyth.