Annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Once again, the European Research Council attended the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this time in Washington, DC. The AAAS is the world’s largest and most prestigious general scientific gathering, welcoming scientists, educators, policymakers, and journalists gathers to discuss cutting-edge developments in science, technology, and policy.

This year's event focuses on "Science without boundaries", and the European Commission organized a number of scientific symposia. At the European Commission (EC) booth participants have been able to organize meetings with the EC delegates in order to:

  • Find out about career and funding opportunities in Europe
  • Exchange views with experts on ‘Carbon Dioxide utilisation technologies’
  • Participate in the Flash Talk about ‘Partnerships and the Open
  • Knowledge Africa platform’
  • Meet and greet the European Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors
  • Enjoy a Virtual Reality experience and step into EU labs, explore data or visit museum exhibition
  • Play the Copernicus climate game

The EC paid special attention to the EU projects developing technologies that contribute to the climate protection targets. The fluctuating nature of renewable energy coming mainly from wind and photovoltaics demand reliable and efficient energy storage systems as well as back-up power to level out the mismatch between demand and renewable power generation. These requirements are unlocking the potential for carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and thus, the potential of projects such as the MefCO2 project. The MefCO2 project has been displayed at the EC’s booth as a clear example of substitution of fossil fuels by the CCU-product methanol and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Some other sessions organized by the European Commission are as follows:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement
No 637016.


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