Thomas König: Excellence in European research: understanding the ERC
Only 10 years after its inception, the European Research Council (ERC) is a well-established niche programme in the European research funding landscape. And, as it is dedicated to fund academic research, it has shaped, and redrawn, some of the rules and hierarchies of academic communities across Europe. In this presentation, I will shed light on the historical circumstances leading to the ERC’s establishment and discuss the intended, as well as unintended, impact on research across Europe, and specifically on the social sciences.
Thomas König holds a PhD in political science. He is Head of Strategy and Scientific Services at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna. In 2017, he published “The European Research Council” with Polity Press (Cambridge).
David Andolfatto is a Vice President in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He was a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo (1991-2000) and Simon Fraser University (2000-2009), before joining the Fed in July 2009. Dr. Andolfatto has published several articles in the profession's leading economic journals; including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Economic Theory. He has been invited as a visiting scholar to central banks around the world; including the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, La Banca de la Republica (Colombia), De Nederlandsche Bank, along with a number of Federal Reserve Banks. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Bank of Canada Fellowship Award for his contributions in the area of money, banking, and monetary policy. Dr. Andolfatto is a native of Vancouver, Canada and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1994.