The EU’s European Research Council (ERC) supports scientists globally to push the boundaries of frontier research in different fields and help advance scientific knowledge. Here’s a small glimpse of the work the ERC has been supporting over the years.

Blackhole images generated in 2019 (left) and 2021 (right). EU-supported science has helped break barriers over the years. © Event Horizon Telescope

There are things we know that we do not know and then there are unknown unknowns. We are aware that we cannot yet cure all types of cancer or generate energy sustainably. But we are oblivious to many current and future challenges, as well as to untapped solutions lurking in unexpected places. …


When disasters strike, the EU is there to help. The latest Special Eurobarometer on Humanitarian Aid shows EU citizens are aware of the importance of EU humanitarian assistance: 91% are in favour, 82% have positive feelings towards EU’s leading role, and most Europeans agree with the current budget or want to invest even more. These are the main takeaways from the survey.

© UNHCR/Aristophane Ngargoune, 2020.

1. Funding EU humanitarian aid activities is important to EU citizens

An overwhelming majority (91%) of Europeans believe that it is important that the EU funds humanitarian aid activities globally. This is an increase of 3 percentage points since 2016 and the largest ever observed (+21pp compared to 2010).


Europeans enjoy the highest levels of consumer safety when using cosmetics. And if you think you don’t use cosmetics, we have some news for you.

Let’s start by clearing up a common myth: Cosmetics doesn’t mean make-up alone. Many cosmetic products are essential for our personal hygiene and we need them each day. They also substantially contribute to our health and well-being.

This includes the good old soap which is back in the spotlight as washing our hands well has become more important than ever during the pandemic, and also personal care products, like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and sunscreen.


These cities are making ingenious efforts to go green, be more innovative, and to make a difference to the lives of people who call them home and those who visit.

Rijeka and Galway together hold the title of European Capital of Culture. © European Union, 2020 Photographer Barry Cronin & Denis Lovrovic

European Capitals of Culture: Rijeka, Croatia & Galway, Ireland

The coastal cities of Galway and Rijeka are European Capitals of Culture 2020 (extended until April 2021). Galway is deeply linked with the Irish language and has a rich tradition in literature, the arts and music. At the same time, it is a modern, global city, a hub for medical devices and technology.

Rijeka, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, is known for its bohemian atmosphere and abundance of festivals. Home to…


Amanullah, a 32-year-old welder, worked in his shop near the Afghan capital Kabul when the neighbourhood suddenly rattled with automatic gunfire. People ran for cover as government troops engaged in heavy clashes with Taliban fighters in the streets outside.

“Bullets were flying everywhere,” Amanullah, who like most Afghans uses only one name, recalls. “Then someone fired a rocket that landed just outside my shop.”

Sakhi, Emergency Head Nurse, examines Amanhullah’s ex-rays showing shrapnel damage. ©European Union, 2020 (photographer: Peter Biro)

Amanullah was thrown backwards by the blast, hitting his head on a concrete wall. He woke up in the hospital four days later. …


Marwa Rasheed, 9, fled her home and now lives in Al-Meshqafa camp with her family. Her school and every other school in the country closed in March because of coronavirus, but now they are set to open again. ©Mahmoud Al-Filstini/NRC, 2020

As schools re-open in Yemen, parents are wondering how safe it is for their children to go back. Six years of war have taken a heavy toll on education, especially for displaced children, and the coronavirus pandemic has only made matters worse. Together, the European Union and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) are trying to give children a chance to learn in a safe and conducive environment.

Here are five questions Yemeni parents are asking themselves.

1. Are schools safe?


Did you know that hackers attack an average of 2,244 times a day?
They can have an impact even on our personal lives.

“Cybercrime will never happen to me.”

We all think this way until it does happen. As more of our life moves online, we need to be aware of how to stay safe.

Did you know that hackers attack an average of 2,244 times a day globally, causing damage to the economy and hurting businesses? They can even have an impact on our personal lives!

Phishing, hacking, data leaks and other cyber threats are among the biggest global…


Under the cover of darkness, a dilapidated fishing boat left a secluded strip of beach near the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar. On board, over 60 Rohingya refugees huddled together in preparation for the perilous journey across the Bay of Bengal to Malaysia. The group had joined an increasing number of Rohingya risking their lives in over-crowded, rickety vessels to escape persecution and dire poverty.

Among the passengers was Hosna*, travelling with her young son. Desperate to escape a life trapped in an overpopulated refugee camp, a group of smugglers had convinced the 36-year-old woman that it would only be…


Erasmus is… learning to ride a bike, music, making a new home for yourself, making friends and so much more… as these stories tell us.

Everyone’s Erasmus looks different: each of these images has a story behind them. © European Commission

Some memories can be a bit blurry, a bit old, but precious nonetheless.

We asked you to share your Erasmus experiences with us some time ago. Many of you responded and shared stories of fun, friendship, warmth, travels, and of all the new experiences and opportunities that helped you later in life.

Together, let’s journey back in time and look at some of your recollections from the past.

1. One of the first batches of students


With more than 160,000 coronavirus cases, Peru’s capital city of Lima is one of the hardest-hit urban centres in South America. Preventive lockdown measures have brought the informal economy to a halt and many have lost their jobs, plummeting them into poverty. © European Union, 2020 (photographer: S.Castañeda)

When Jasmerlin decided to abandon her home to flee poverty and hunger in Venezuela, she knew that the life of a migrant with no money and two small daughters was not going to be easy. She knew she would have to work extremely hard, often on an empty stomach and for endless hours, but staying back was not an option. She and her daughters deserved better.

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