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10 years of the ERC in Toulouse- Meet with ERC grantees - Toulouse, France

17 Mar 2017

This event aims to showcase ERC grantees' work and research to young researchers at the University of Toulouse. It will predominantly focus on ERC Starting grant winners in order to demonstrate the impact the ERC early stage grant can have on a researcher career.To do so, there will be round tables with four local ERC grant holders who will each present their ERC project and the impact their research has on society and on their personal career. 

The European office of Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (UFTMiP) assisted by the French National Contact Point (NCP) will ensure that the three ERC families of scientific disciplines are represented: physical and engineering sciences; life sciences; social sciences and humanities.

The event will last 2 hours. It will start with an introduction of the general objectives of the event and the organisation of the round tables. Each round table will last forty-five minutes. Each ERC grantee will promote his/her work and the results.

The profiles of the speakers are below:

1)    Erik Dujardin – PE3 / 2008 

Name of the ERC project: COMOSYEL – Complex Molecular-scale Systems for NanoElectronics and NanoPlasmonics 
Erik Dujardin performed his doctoral thesis in physical chemistry at the NEC, Inst., Princeton (USA) and Univ. Pierre et Marie, Paris (France). He joined CNRS in 2002 and has been Director of Research at the Centre d’Élaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES – CNRS) since 2011. His research explores new ways to guide, transfer and process electronic and optical information in nanometer-scale systems by shaping matter using chemical and nanotechnological routes. He won an ERC Starting grant in 2008 to expand some of those ideas based on graphene and colloid nanoplasmonics

2)    Sylvain Raffaele – LS9/ 2013 
Name of the ERC project: VARIWHIM – Understanding White Mold disease quantitative resistance using natural variation.
Sylvain Raffaele obtained a PhD of the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse (France) in molecular biology in 2006. His work carried out at the Plant-Microbe Interactions Laboratory (LIPM, Toulouse), the Membrane Biogenesis Lab (LBM, Bordeaux) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich,UK), relates to the molecular mechanisms and genome evolution in plant-pathogen interactions.. Since 2012, he is an independent INRA researcher at the LIPM.   He obtained an ERC Starting grant in 2013 aiming at deciphering the molecular bases of plant immunity against fungal pathogens using natural diversity. 

3)    Léon Kautz – LS4 / 2016 

Name of the ERC project: INVESTIGERFE - INVESTIGating the regulation of iron homeostasis by ERythroFErrone and therapeutic applications.
Léon Kautz graduated from the Université de Strasbourg and was trained at the Centre de Physiopathologie de Toulouse Purpan (CPTP) where he obtained his PhD in 2009. He pursued his training with a post-doc at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he identified a new hormone that plays a key role in iron metabolism:  the erythroid regulator erythroferrone.  Since January 2016, he holds a permanent Inserm position at the Institut de Recherche en Santé Digestive (IRSD-INSERM) where he develops his studies on the biology of erythroferrone. He was recently awarded an ERC Starting grant to investigate the regulation of iron homeostasis by erythroferrone and its potential therapeutic applications.

4) Eric Gautier – SH1 / 2013

Name of the ERC project: POEMH – Parsimony and operator methods for endogeneity and multiple sources of unobserved heterogeneity

Eric Gautier holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rennes 1 (France) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Paris 1 (France). He has been a post-doc at Yale (New Heaven, USA) and professor at ENSAE ParisTech. Since 2014, he is professor in Mathematics at University of Toulouse Capitole. His research is in nonparametric and high-dimensional modeling of multiple sources of unobserved heterogeneity and endogeneity, as well as stochastic partial differential equations. Eric Gautier has been awarded an ERC starting grant in 2013 for his project POEMH in Econometrics.

The event is free to attend but registration is required. Please click the link below to book your place.

For any questions, please contact Benedicte Fabre: 

Maison de la Recherche et de la Valorisation, Hall d’Accueil
118 route de Narbonne
31 400 Toulouse


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