Many members of the EACS have been enabled to do groundbreaking research thanks to the excellent funding opportunities provided by the European Research Council (ERC). As such the ERC stands out in Europe as the undisputed most regarded granting agent that vigorously support scientific excellence therewith serving society at large. With dismay, the EACS Board has taken notice of the negative public statements made by the ERC President Mauro Ferrari upon his resignation as requested by an unanimous vote of the ERC scientific council, in which he disregarded the very “raison d’être” of the ERC using a pretended lack of COVID-19-relevant research as an excuse. The EACS regrets the negative publicity caused by Ferrari’s public statements and expresses its support for the unanimous decision made by the scientific council of the ERC. In our view, no other granting organisation has served and is serving scientific endeavours in Europe more effectively than the ERC. The ERC should be cherished and further expanded to the benefit of science and society.
On behalf of the Governing Board of the EACS,
Julio E. Celis
Francesco de Lorenzo
Andreas von Deimling
Pier Paolo Di Fiore