Anthropologists recognised as Denmark celebrates ERC’s 10th anniversary
The Department of Anthropology was strongly represented with three European Research Council grants at the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council.
A national celebration of the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) was held on the 16th of March 2017 in the University of Copenhagen’s Ceremonial Hall. Organised by the Ministry og Higher Education and Science, the celebration was attended by Søren Pind (Minister of Higher Education and Science), Agnete Gersing (Permanent Secretary), Henrik Wegener (Rector of the University of Copenhagen), Klaus Bock (Vice President of the ERC) as well as some 60 recipients of ERC grants through the last 10 years.
The Department of Anthropology was strongly represented with all of three ERC grants: Prof. Kirsten Hastrup’s Advanced Grant (Waterworlds) focused on how communities around the world tackle changing climates, Prof. Henrik Vigh’s Consolidator Grant (Criminal Entanglements) focused on the social infrastructure of international crime and Prof. MSO Ayo Wahlberg’s Starting Grant (The Vitality of Disease) focused on how healthcare seeks to improve the lives of those living with disease. Prof. Kirsten Hastrup was an invited speaker at the event as she described how her Advanced Grant had facilitated interdisciplinary collaboration that allowed for the "freeing of disciplined minds".
ERC grants are among the most competitive in the world. Over the last 10 years, the ERC has received over 60,000 applications and have funded around 7,000, with a success rate of 11%.
Photo: ERC grantees through the last 10 years in Denmark