THE CIRCLE: ERC Club at the Aix Marseille site

What is the ERC Club "The CERCLE"?

The European Research Council (or European Research Council, ERC) funds exploratory and risky research projects within the European Union. It is a "white scientific" programme dedicated to research at the frontier of knowledge, the only selection criterion of which is scientific excellence.

On May 15, 2017, Aix-Marseille University and its partners, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), the Institut pour la recherche et le développement (IRD) and the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA), officially launched the CERCle, Club des ERC joined in 2018 by Ecole Centrale. Their ambition is to promote a shared site policy to support applications from teacher-researchers and researchers to the European Research Council (ERC) programme, a strong marker of scientific excellence.

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Objectives :

  • Encourage (teacher-)researchers to apply for the ERC and create momentum.
  • Improve the visibility of the site's scientific excellence, enhancing its attractiveness.
  • Support the dynamics of the site to strengthen its position as a major European research hub.

Activities :

  • Provide all (teacher-)researchers submitting an ERC project with a research unit in Aix-Marseille with individualised coaching.
  • Lead a strategic reflection to strengthen team participation in the ERC.
  • Stimulate interactions between site teams to participate in these programs.

Composition :The CERCle is composed of members attached to a research unit at the Aix-Marseille site and are:

  • Winners of a European Research Council (ERC) contract, completed or in progress.
  • Current or former members of an ERC panel.

The figures of the CERCLE:

  • 56 ERC winners on site since the launch of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2007, including 6 winners with two consecutive ERCs (62 projects).
  • 34 winners in the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020).
  • 6 ERC projects where a site establishment is a partner.
  • 9 panel members of the site.

The activities of CERCle are supervised by a European Steering Committee led by AMU, which includes the operational units of CNRS, INSERM, IRD, CEA, Centrale and Protisvalor, the valuation subsidiary of AMU.

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ERC Club News

ERC Advanced 2018 results: Three new winners on site:

  • Chantal Abergel, Director of Research at the CNRS, IGS, is the winner for the VIREVOL project: "Cells and giant viruses: a win-win co -evolution"
  • Mario Barbatti, Professor at AMU, ICR, is a laureatefor the SUBNANO project: "Computational Photochemistry in the Long Timescale: Sub-ns Photoprocesses in DNA"
  • Christophe Eloy, Professor at Centrale Marseille, IRPHE, is the winnerfor the C0PEP0D project: "Life and death of a virtual copepod in turbulence"

Results of the ERC Consolidators 2018: Two new winners on site:

  • Marie Ingrid Richard, MCF AMU, IM2NP is the winner for the project: "CARINE - Coherent diffrAction foR a look Inside Nanostructures towards atomic resolution: catalysis and interface"
  • Justine Serrano, Research Officer at the CNRS, CPPM is the winner for the project: "NEPAL Project - NEw Physics searches with tAu Leptons

Events 2019:

  • Coaching sessions for ERC project submissions for 2019 are currently being planned.
    The session dedicated to researchers and teacher-researchers submitting an ERC Starting Grant project will be organised on 21 May from 9am to 12pm, with possible subsequent meeting with the ERC National Contact Point (NCP).
    Location: Marseille, Amphi Ilot Dubois
    More information: Program

  • A training workshop on writing an ERC project is organized on June 6.
    It is dedicated to site personnel submitting projects for 2019 calls.
    Location: Marseille, Amphi Ilot Dubois.
    For more information, contact your employer's Europe unit.

  • The annual plenary session of CERCle will be held on 8 July, in the presence of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the ERC.
    Theme:"Towards Horizon Europe: the place of ERC in the next framework programme".
    More and on this page
    Location: Amphi Touze, Pharo site, Marseille.

Presentation of the winners and their publications

  • Discover the portraits and publications of the winners on the new website HAL CERCLE

Space reserved for ERC club members

Connect to the dedicated internet

Galerie d'images
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Documents to download
Useful links
Contact information

Facilitator of the CIRCLE
Céline DAMON (Research and Development Department, AMU)

Tel: 04 91 39 39 65 72 - email:

research support
Horizon 2020