Read more on the upcoming BlueAction Climate Coffees here: ecra-climate.eu/ClimateCoffee
ECRA is now part in the Advisory Panel for EOOS, the European Ocean Observing System. Read more.
International conference: Climate Change and Water, Tours, FR, 25-27 May; with ECRA contributions. Call for papers. Read more here.
ECRA supports the activities of Antarctica 2020. Read more here.
The ECRA statement of the retirement of the ERC President is available here.
The ECRA Newsletter November 2019 is available here.
Save the date for our 10-year anniversary General Assembly: 10/11 March 2021
REKLIM: International Conference "Our Climate - Our Future: Regional Perspectives on a Global Challenge" | Berlin, DE, 23-25 September 2019 | https://www.reklim-conference-2019.de
date fixed - next General Assembly will take place on 27-28 February 2019
Visit us at EGU 2018: ECRA presents a Poster (11 Apr, 15:30–17:00, Poster X1.13) session information
Statement of ECRA on the resignation of Mauro Ferrari from the ERC
On 7 April 2020, Mauro Ferrari has stepped down as President of the European Research Council after three months in office. According to the resignation letter available online , Mr Ferrari was disappointed by the difference between his expectations of the ERC and the reality, and the resulting inability to pursue his idealistic goals, particularly with regard to the COVID-19 crisis. He blamed the ERC to be focused too much on "the subtleties of the distinctions between Bottom-Up versus Top-Down research", which have been hindering his ambitious plans.
Fundamental research and the profound characteristics of science itself and the management of science actors of the ERC, however, cannot and should not be questioned in this way. The ERC is an excellent research body, supported by many – including ECRA, the European Climate Research Alliance. As the ERC, ECRA highlights the importance of scientific freedom, independence, and believes that the current governing principles of the ERC are suitable.
The Scientific Council, steering the ERC, has issued a critical response  to the letter and resignation of Mr Ferrari along this reasoning: The ERC is not in a position to drastically change its raison d'etre from Buttom-Up to Top-Down over night. Also, the ERC has already numerous high-quality activities ongoing, including the possibility for the grant-holders to shift their research topic, e.g. towards COVID-19.
The Scientific Council is not alone in its criticism of Ferrari, Sciencemag  writes, quoting President of Sorbonne University Jean Chambaz, who described Ferrari as “very arrogant” and noting that he finds the coronavirus crisis to “desert, and to make people talk about him.” In other news, Dnyuz  reports that President of Eindhoven University of Technology and former Director-General of DG RTD Robert-Jan Smits stressed that “Ferrari was just the wrong man for this job. Being a top scientist is not a guarantee for being a good leader of a scientific organization.” Furthermore, EMBO  stresses in a statement that the ERC is playing a decisive role in accelerating research on SARS-CoV-2. British physicist and former Member of the Scientific Council Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS publishes a blog post  discussing the Ferrari resignation – and explaining what the ERC stands for.
Science Business  writes that “research heavyweights” dismiss charges of “uncoordinated” EU response to COVID-19. The EU has mobilised fairly quickly, with a good mix of funding for research on the coronavirus pandemic, says Matthias Kleiner, president of the Leibniz Association. Similarly, Research Professional  notes that “academia rallies round ERC over President’s forced resignation.”
Member of the Scientific Council Gerd Gigerenzer spoke with the German radio channel SWR2 about Ferrari’s resignation, explaining the background of why the Scientific Council asked Ferrari to resign.
To support the budgetary plans of the ERC, a petition was launched and we encourage participation.
"In an open letter, we call upon the EU Presidents and the Heads of States and Governments in Europe to secure funding for the European Research Council in the new, long-term EU budget."
More information: https://friendsoftheerc.w.uib.no/
- All key statements (Science Business) https://sciencebusiness.net/news/read-all-key-statements-ferraris-resignation-erc-post
- Resignation of Mauro Ferrari – Statement by the Scientific Council https://erc.europa.eu/news/resignation-mauro-ferrari-%E2%80%93-statement-scientific-council
EPB Townhall Meeting at EGU 2017 (with ECRA contribution): Polar change and implications for mid-latitude weather – science and policy for society in Europe summary
ECRA General Assembly 2017: Conference documentation, speakers' presentations, and photos are available here
Climateurope Festival 2017 on climate services: ECRA's poster is available for download here
Key issues and recommendations for research priorities of ECRA's Collaborative Programmes presented in four new Factsheets
ECRA Collaborative Programme Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts (CP SLC):
White Paper: Sea level related adaptation needs in Europe (pdf)