Workshop for Juniors "Top level Science and Technology from Young Researchers"

May 30, 2019
Room Med A3 - level 1


This half-day symposium aims to bring together top level young researchers working at academia and industry, sharing not only the science and technology behind their work but also their career paths to reach excellence and scientific independence. This specific event in Nice is devoted to ERC Starting Grants, one of the best funding opportunities devoted to scientific excellence. Speakers include ERC Starting Grant laureates at different stages of implementation of their research projects. The event seeks to inspire and guide young researchers, particularly  at later stages of their PhD studies or holding a postdoctoral position, seeking also to trigger networking on material science throughout Europe.


Program (Thu, 30th May, Room Med A3 – level 1)

Time slot    Presenter   Title

Pedro Barquinha (FCT-NOVA)


Presentation of Y-EMRS initiative. ERC Starting Grants in a nutshell

08.50-09.10   Stefan Freunberger (Graz University of Technology)   ERC Starting Grant 2014 Laureate – Organic Mixed Ion and Electron Conductors for High-Energy Batteries (OMICON)

Luis Pereira (FCT-NOVA)

  ERC Starting Grant 2015 Laureate – New era of printed paper electronics based on advanced functional cellulose (NEW_FUN) 
09.30-09.50       Coffee break 
09.50-10.10   Feng Gao (Linköping Universitet)    ERC Starting Grant 2016 Laureate – Stable and High-Efficiency Perovskite Light Emitting Diodes (SHINING 
10.10-10.30   Martin Kaltenbrunner (Universität Linz)    ERC Starting Grant 2017 Laureate – Smart HydroGEL SYStems – From Bioinspired Design to Soft Electronics and Machines (GEL-SYS) 
10.30-10.50   Manuel Mendes (FCT-NOVA)   Aspiring ERC grantee – My research path: Trailblazing photovoltaic technology for an ubiquitous solar-powered society 
10.50-11.20       Round table and concluding remarks 



  • Pedro Barquinha (ERC Laureate) / FCT-NOVA (Portugal)
  • Vassilios Binas / FORTH, Crete (Greece)
  • Thomas Fisher / University of Cologne (Germany)
  • Teresa Andreu / IREC, Barcelona (Spain)